Honduran authorities took down a gang that allegedly produced synthetic drugs and seized some $100 million in assets, a spokesman said.
Government spokesman Carlos Vallecillo said anti-drug officials raided 24 sites that belonged to the gang, taking 150 vehicles and 700 cattle, reported Reuters. He described the operation as one of the largest of its kind during the past decade in Honduras, a country that has been racked by criminal violence in recent years due to drug cartels.
The group laundered money through companies and property, Vallecillo said, without elaborating on what cartel the group belonged to or what drugs they produced. Officials also arrested a local police official, two pilots, and one civilian.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said just days ago that Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world at 92 killings per 100,000 people, or around 18 murders per day, according to the EFE news agency.
The U.S. State Department last week issued a warning to American travelers to Honduras to exercise caution due to the high crime rate in the country.
“San Pedro Sula is considered to be the world’s most violent city, with 159 murders for every 100,000 residents in 2011,” the agency cautioned.
Since 2010, at least 24 Americans have been killed in Honduras and none of the cases have been solved, the State Department said.
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