Guatemala seizes 9.9 million pseudoephedrine pills

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Guatemalan authorities confiscated nearly
10 million pseudoephedrine pills worth $33 million on Tuesday - the
country's biggest seizure of the methamphetamine precursor, police
said.

The 9.9 million pills were seized from a shipping container at
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala's main port on the Pacific coast, said
police spokesman Donald Gonzalez.

The container bore a shipping manifest listing the contents as a
different kind of medication, said Leonel Ruiz, the country's top
anti-drug prosecutor. Gonzalez said the shipping documents also
listed a nonexistent company and address as the intended recipients
of the shipment.

The Attorney General's Office says information from the U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration led to the seizure. The pills
arrived in a ship coming from India.

Central American officials say drug cartels are increasingly
smuggling pseudoephedrine through their region to get around a
Mexican ban in imports of the chemical.

Bulk amounts of pseudoephedrine are produced in only a few
countries, including India. For that reason, a shipment of
medications originating in India and destined for Guatemala raised
immediate suspicion, Ruiz said.


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