War on Drugs

Smuggler Training Camp Uncovered

Guatemalan security forces uncovered and broke up a training camp for drug smugglers on Friday. Reuters reports that two commanders of Los Zetas—the armed protector/assassins of Mexico's Gulf cartel—and 37 trainees fled when Guatemala's police and army descended on the compound. Among Zeta's abandoned loot were "500 grenades, six rifles, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition," reports Reuters. The camp had an airstrip, an obstacle course, and shooting ranges for moving targets. In a twist startlingly reminiscent of training camps promoting another international threat—terrorism—the police chief of Quiche, Guatemala explained that the camp recruited young men, who it would train in weapon use and instruct to lie about their occupations.