The Madeleine Brand Show for May 21, 2012

DEA raid in Honduras draws controversy

Honduras Cocaine

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Forensic personnel prepare about 400kg of cocaine to be burnt in Tegucigalpa on May 11, 2012. The drug was seized this week in a joint operation, between the Police and the Army in La Mosquita, on the border with Nicaragua.

A recent report found that 80 percent of all cocaine that ends up in the United States travels through Honduras - 2,000 miles south of the United States. Recently a squad of Drug Enforcement Administration agents joined forces with law enforcement officials in Honduras to battle cocaine smugglers in the jungles of the Central American country.

On May 11, during an early morning anti-drug operation, four people, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed. Now controversy is surfacing over the raid, the role that the DEA agents played in it and whether the people killed were innocent civilians.

Guest:

Damien Cave, New York times reporter based in Mexico City.


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