El Salvador security authorities seized this Monday in two procedures in different areas of the country 1.2 tons of cocaine valued at $ 30 million, as reported by President Nayib Bukele and the Minister of Justice and Security, Rogelio Rivas.
The president said in a message on his social networks that in one of the procedures “380 kilograms of cocaine, valued at 10 million dollars, were seized, which will not go into the hands of drug traffickers.”
The rest of the drug was seized, according to Bukele, in “Another operation against drug trafficking, on the same day, but in a totally different area”.
The Minister of Justice and Security, for his part, explained that they were carried out “in two strategic operations that took place in Zacatecoluca (center) and on the El Amatillo border (east)”, which connects El Salvador with Honduras.
Reported that “the drugs were transported in two vans from Nicaragua bound for Guatemala” and indicated that one of the drivers identified as Isidro Rodríguez, a 54-year-old Nicaraguan national, has been captured.
Small-scale drug trafficking is one of the gangs’ main sources of income, funds that are then laundered into small businesses.
Only the Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS13) collects about $ 700,000 per month through this illicit activity, to which are added the funds obtained by extorting merchants and citizens for more than 2 million dollars a month.
These data were revealed by an alleged retired leader of the MS13, who testified as a key witness for the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) in a trial in which 373 gang members were convicted.
The witness, identified only as “Noah,” also noted that the MS13 sought to establish alliances with the drug cartels of Mexico and Guatemala to traffic prohibited narcotics and weapons.
El Salvador is part of a list of the United States Government that identifies 22 countries as major producers or platforms for drug trafficking.
Most of these countries, including El Salvador, are Latin American and Caribbean.
The list is completed by Afghanistan, Bahamas, Belize, Burma, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.