The electronic edition of the Prensa Libre in Guatemala published an article today stating that at least ten land routes of drug trafficking in Guatemala have been detected by the authorities, nine of them coming from Belize to Mexico, the Caribbean, Honduras and El Salvador. The map of the National Crime and Violence Index 2013, color codes the level of criminal acts in municipalities within Guatemala and shows the route for narcotics that are northbound with black lines. According to the report, half of the routes used by drug traffickers reach Izabel, while three pass through Peten, Alta Verapaz, Zacapa, Escuintla, Su-chi-te-pequez, Reta-guleu, Quet-zal-tenango and San Marcos.
The National Commission for Reform of Drug Policy collected data of the country and foreign reports to diagnose the role of Guatemala in the drug problem. Its preliminary report is that Guatemala is not a predominant consumer or producer of drugs but it is an important place for the trafficking of cocaine and in the last five years there has been an increase in the movement of drugs. Daniel Haering, a member of the commission, says that while this does not mean that there is absolutely no consumption or production of drugs, generally the role of the country in the drug market is that of a transit country.
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