Abandoned Plane Stuffed Full Of Cocaine.

Raw : An abandoned plane stuffed with dozens of sacks of Colombian
cocaine was found in southern Guatemala on Tuesday (August 11), Guatemala's
National Civil Police, said.
Police chief officer, Jeronimo Alvarado, told reporters no arrests had
been made and those who were on board the aircraft had escaped.
TV images showed 21 sacks containing around 728 kilos of cocaine lined
up in rows next to the plane on grass, which was found on a farm estate called
"La Flora" in the city of Tiquisate, in the Escuintla province, some
160 kms (90 miles) from the capital city of Guatemala City.
"The aircraft at first wanted to land in the municipality of
Democracy but when it couldn't, it landed here. Police here are at work and
unloaded 21 sacks with packages that look like drugs. At first glance we have
confirmed it is pure drug, cocaine," Alvarado said.
According to police, the twin-engine aircraft had flown in from
Colombia and landed on a runway used by fumigation companies located inside
the farm estate. The owner of the estate is being investigated for possible
links to drug trafficking.
The cocaine cargo could be valued at $8.8 million dollars.
Drug planes packed with South American cocaine -- often with passenger
seats ripped out to make space -- frequently fly through Central America and
Mexico en route for the United States.
Some unload their cargo at clandestine airstrips in Central America
where traffickers send it on by road or sea.
At the beginning of the month, Guatemala's top three police officials
were fired over the disappearance of hundreds of pounds of cocaine from a
shipment seized by authorities
Guatemala is being increasingly sucked into the drug trade centered in
neighboring Mexico. Mexican gangs operate with local partners to smuggle the
drugs over the porous Mexico-Guatemala border.
A Mexican army crackdown has driven some cartels to seek a haven for
their operations across the border in Guatemala, attracted by endemic
corruption, weak policing and its position on the overland smuggling route
north for Colombian cocaine.
That is a headache for President Alvaro Colom as the cartels employ the
same violent tactics that have sown terror in Mexico.
As in Mexico, where about 6,000 people were murdered in the drugs war
last year, the cartels buy off Guatemalan police and army officers as well as
judges and politicians to protect their business, and pose a long-term threat
to its democracy.