Guatemala Police Seize $3B Drug Assets in 2011

Security forces in Guatemala have seized more than three billion dollars in drugs and assets so far in 2011, according to a report by Guatemala’s National Civil Police (PNC).

According to the report, the majority of the sum is made up by the seizure and destruction of poppy plants, with a value of over two billion dollars.

Some $28 million worth of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, crack, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, were confiscated.

The report also details the seizure of vehicles, aircraft, ships and guns as well as $2.7 million in cash.

During the same period, PNC figures state that close to 900 people have been arrested in connection with crimes relating to drug trafficking in Guatemala.

In December 2010, the Guatemalan Congress approved a law that allowed the state to seize any assets and property linked to criminal activity.