Honduras: Mexican cartel may be behind cocaine lab

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Posted: Mar 11, 2011 8:38 PM
Honduras: Mexican cartel may be behind cocaine lab

A security official in Honduras says a cocaine processing lab found in a remote mountain area may have been run by Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel.

Security Minister Oscar Alvarez says evidence suggests Sinaloa installed and ran the lab, though he did not elaborate.

The lab was discovered Wednesday in a mountainous area in northeastern Honduras reachable only on foot or in all-terrain vehicles.

Alvarez said Friday the lab could produce 200 to 400 kilos (440-880 pounds)of cocaine a week. He says it was the first lab of its kind found in Honduras and called the discovery alarming.

Mexican cartels are fighting a military crackdown at home and have been increasingly encroaching in volatile Central American countries.