Surge in cocaine trafficking through Honduras

Mexican gangs suspected of managing the increased smuggling of tonnes of cocaine through country.

    Central America is the bridge through which the biggest cocaine producers, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, send the drug into Mexico.

    Hundreds of tonnes of cocaine travel through Honduras, where a coup in 2009 is thought to have provided a window of opportunity for traffickers.

    Communities are the effects, with suspected drug flights into the country having sharply increased from a handful in 2006 to more than 80 last year.

    Most traffickers there are Honduran, but analysts say there is increasing evidence that they are managed by Mexican gangs.

    Al Jazeera's Monica Villamizar reports from Colon in Honduras.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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