Honduras: Army to support police in fighting drugs

Members of Honduran Navy, Air Force are being trained to tackle traffickers.

Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 10:19 AM IST

Tegucigalpa: Honduras` defence minister said on Friday that the country`s armed forces will join the police for the first time in the fight against drug trafficking.

Members of the Navy and Air Force are being trained to tackle traffickers, Defence Minister Marlon Pascua said in comments reported on Saturday in the newspaper La Tribuna.

"There is much to be done in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking, but results will be seen soon," Pascua said in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula. He added that the government lacks the necessary funds to fight both problems.

Washington has provided Honduras about USD 15 million in the last four years to combat drug traffickers, which are using the Central American country to ship drugs north.

"Even though the drug traffickers have greater resources than us, we will fight with the little we have to prevent crime from taking over the country," Pascua said.

Mexican drug cartels operate virtually unchecked in Central America as US-supported crackdowns in Mexico and Colombia have pushed traffickers into a region.

A recent Security Ministry report said Mexico`s Sinaloa and Zetas drug cartels operate cocaine-trafficking routes in northern and eastern Honduras.

Bureau Report