Tuesday, February 10, 2009

US to Give $16 Million in Drug Aid to Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY -- The U.S. has pledged $16 million in drug aid to Guatemala.

Guatemalan Interior Secretary Salvador Gandara says the money will fund training for police officers and investigators and help to improve air and sea surveillance.

U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Stephen McFarland says that from 200 to 300 tons of cocaine pass through Guatemala on the way to the U.S. each year.

The funds are part of the Merida Initiative, a $1.3 billion anti-drug aid package approved by the U.S. Congress in June. The aid will go to Central America, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Gandara and McFarland signed the agreement pledging the money on Thursday.


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