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Sinaloa Drug Cartel Finds Refuge in Honduras, Home of the World’s Highest Homicide Rate

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With the world’s highest homicide rate, 82 per 100,000 inhabitants, and a daily average of more than 20 murders, the penetration of international drug trafficking in Honduras is intense and all alerts indicate that drug trafficking operations, hidden by police corruption, are controlled by the Sinaloa cartel, one of the world’s most powerful organized crime syndicates.

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Honduras, A Prey To Violence And Drug

Like any day, the Honduran journalist Fausto Evelio Hernandez Arteaga got on his bike and headed home in a neighborhood of northeastern Honduras. But on a street collided with death: it was just 10:30 am on March 10 when a young man appeared to him in surprise and, without apparent reason, attacked him with a machete in his arms, neck and face.

Hernandez , 54, was killed by being thrown on a rough road and became the eighteenth journalist killed in the last two years, many fell for exposing the drug trafficking in a country that is often shaken by killings witness against organized crime and allegations that Mexican and Colombian mafias favor and bought the silence of Honduran police to cover up a large drug trafficking operation from Colombia to Mexico, through Central America.

With the world’s highest homicide rate -82 per 100 thousand inhabitants, and a daily average of more than 20 murders, the penetration of international drug trafficking in Honduras is intense and all alerts indicate that the drug trafficking operations, covered on police corruption, are controlled by the Sinaloa cartel, one of the most powerful organized crime syndicates.

A Department of State United States on the world drug situation, released last March 7, revealed that 79% of all flights departing smuggling cocaine from South America northward of the continent “do their first stop in Honduras. ”

Warning that Honduras is at a “crossroads” for the expansion of organized crime drug gangs “and armed with strong financial capacity,” the report added that is particularly “vulnerable” situation in the eastern area of ​​La Mosquitia.

For its “limited infrastructure, remote location, lack of state presence and security forces”, that area has become an enclave “fundamental” to the posterior distribution of the drug, he added. In this scenario, crime spreads the activity of the Salvatrucha gang and 18, said.

Regional structure
Mexico’s narco-mafias, as the Gulf, Sinaloa, Los Zetas, La Familia Michoacana, Tijuana or Juarez, are allied for years to criminal structures of Honduras, Honduran cartels as Cape Gracias a Dios and the Gulf that coordinate work with Tejis groups such as in El Salvador, and clans narcofamiliares Sayaxché o Petén, Luciano, the Mendoza and Sarceño, Guatemala.

But sources familiar with the progress Honduran drug trafficking in Honduras agreed that the most influential is the presence of the Sinaloa Cartel.

At times in recent years emerged reports that Mexican fugitive Joaquin El Chapo Guzman , one of the leaders of that group, has been hiding in Honduras, although never confirmed the accuracy of warnings.

Attempts to El Universal version for the Ministry of Public Security of Honduras on accusations of alleged police corruption were not addressed by the Unit for Corporate Communications and Public Relations of this dependence.

The Honduran Minister of Defense Marlon Pascua said recently that his country lacks modern boats to confront the drug dealers, but with the “Operation Hammer”-deployed since early February by U.S. forces from 12 other countries to combat transnational organized crime, fell “significantly” entry drug boats to Central America. Honduras seized 22.6 tons of cocaine in 2011, according to official figures.

However, the Honduran media frequently published extensive research on the Sinaloa cartel has infiltrated the National Police of Honduras, and has settled in many parts of the country.

U.S. warned in its report that the discovery of a cocaine laboratory in northeastern Honduras, in March 2011, could mean a new problem, a suspicion that that country, besides being way point of the drug, is a basis for production.

This laboratory was the first of its kind found in Central America in recent years, the report said. The government of Honduran President Porfirio Lobo said that, based on his information, the lab belonged to the Sinaloa Cartel.

Organized crime in general and drug trafficking, in particular, have increased “because the police are corrupt,” reported the Honduran Ramón Custodio López , National Human Rights Commissioner of Honduras. “It’s that serious,” said Custodio, in an interview with El Universal .

Asked if he believes the police is penetrated by drug trafficking, said: “Do not put it in those words. In no society and no state is a degree of impunity in crimes of organized crime, drug trafficking and other, if the components of criminal justice do not work fully. Among these components is the criminal investigation, which in Honduras is in the hands of the police, “he said.

Asked if this corruption goes to the upper strata of the police, she said yes. “It’s a problem of executive power, which has failed to ensure the Honduran people the right to public safety. Within that includes the malfunctioning of the National Police,” he said.

As a “ombudsman,” Custodio said that the police are the only the country and has features ranging from vehicular traffic control to prevent and investigate crime, border control and management of prisons . “There are diversified in different institutions different capabilities of public safety. The police have all the powers. It is an absolute power and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” he complained.

After recounting that the police are judge and jury to investigate its internal corruption and that it lacks an autonomous or independent, said that cases of 61 officers killed in the last year “does not know anything.”

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