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Guatemalan military confiscated $16 million cocaine shipment after narco jet crash killed co-pilot

Narco jet transporting guns and $16M of cocaine stamped with the Boston Red Sox logo crash lands in Guatemala

  • Guatemala’s military intercepted the aircraft after it illegally entered its airspace on Saturday
  • The aircraft was spotted at 4.45am and crashed after 7am local time in Sierra del Lacandón National Park
  • The military said the co-pilot was killed in the accident and three men were arrested
  • At least 342 kilos of cocaine – worth $16 million – were confiscated from the crash site and surrounding areas
  • Authorities also seized three rifles, ammunition, a satellite phone, a GPS system and three cellphones 

A jet transporting at least $16 million in cocaine crashed in northern Guatemala, killing the co-pilot.

Military spokesman Rubén Telléz said the aircraft was spotted on the Armed Forces flight radar system after it illegally entered the Central American nation’s airspace Saturday at 4.45am local time. 

The plane was tracked to Sierra del Lacandón National Park in the department of Petén where it crashed shortly after 7am. 

The Guatemalan military detected the jet Saturday at 4.45am after it illegally entered its airspace and tracked the jet to the northern department of Petén where it crashed, killing the co-pilot. Authorities arrested the pilot and two passengers and confiscated $16 million worth of cocaine

Some of the cocaine seized was wrapped in plastic and labeled differently, including 25 packages that had the Boston Red Sox logo, a stylized 'B'

Some of the cocaine seized was wrapped in plastic and labeled differently, including 25 packages that had the Boston Red Sox logo, a stylized ‘B’

Guatemala's military picked up the jet on its flight radar system before it crashed in the northern department of Petén. Soldiers rushed to the site and attempted to rescue the co- pilot, who was still alive, but he died while the servicemen awaited on permission from the Public Ministry to enter the aircraft

Guatemala’s military picked up the jet on its flight radar system before it crashed in the northern department of Petén. Soldiers rushed to the site and attempted to rescue the co- pilot, who was still alive, but he died while the servicemen awaited on permission from the Public Ministry to enter the aircraft

Telléz said soldiers were late in arriving at the site of the crash because of fallen tree branches, rocks and ditches that blocked their pathway. 

Upon arriving at the scene of the crash, the soldiers noticed that the co-pilot, Mexican national Andrés Gutierrez, was alive. 

The servicemen were granted permission by the Public Ministry permission to enter the aircraft, but he had already died by the time they tried to pull him out from the wreckage.

The military arrested Mexican pilot David Elizondo and two Guatemalan nationals, Jesús Chiquín and Gerardo Xi Pan. The extent of their injuries are unknown.

Guatemala's military also seized three weapons, including a rifle and ammunition (pictured)

Guatemala’s military also seized three weapons, including a rifle and ammunition (pictured)

Security forces oversee the confiscated cocaine shipment that was secured from a jet that crashed Saturday in Petén, Guatemala

Security forces oversee the confiscated cocaine shipment that was secured from a jet that crashed Saturday in Petén, Guatemala

Among the items seized by Guatemala's military from the narco jet crash was a satellite phone

Among the items seized by Guatemala’s military from the narco jet crash was a satellite phone

According to the National Civil Police, as many as 342 kilos of cocaine were seized from the wrecked aircraft. The drug was wrapped in plastic and were each labeled differently, including 25 packages that contained the Boston Red Sox logo, a stylized ‘B’.

Authorities also found three rifles, three cellphones, a satellite phone, a GPS system and ammunition.

The military did not identify the country where the plane had departed from and did not share its final destination.  

Telléz said the fallen aircraft was the 37th that was been linked to drug trafficking this year, including 18 in Petén.

In November, a Mexican pilot and an alleged Colombian drug trafficker were arrested after their jet crashed with $14 million worth of cocaine on board. The plane had taken off from Venezuela and crashed in the city of Retalhuleu. A passenger in the plane also died.

A Guatemalan investigator checks the jet wreckage after an aircraft carrying $16 million worth of cocaine crashed Saturday in the department of Petén

A Guatemalan investigator checks the jet wreckage after an aircraft carrying $16 million worth of cocaine crashed Saturday in the department of Petén

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