August 31, 2012
A team of 200 U.S. Marines have begun patrolling Guatemala’s western coast in an unprecedented operation to combat drug trafficking in Central America, the AP reports.
Operation Martillo (i.e. Hammer) will target fast power boats and self-propelled “narco-submarines,” primarily those of the Zeta cartel, along Central America’s Pacific coast with the help of four UH-1 “Huey” helicopters.
The U.S.-led operation involves troops or law enforcement agents from Belize, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain.
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