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Guatemala seizes drug components from China

Guatemalan authorities Sunday seized some 41,400 pounds (18,800 kilograms) of chemical components used to make narcotics, shipped from China, a senior official involved in the Central American nation’s war on drugs said.

“The chemicals arrived yesterday in two containers from China, transported to a ship docked” in the country’s north, the official said.

The chemicals were reportedly being shipped to a company investigators discovered does not exist.

A shipment of chemicals seized on July 14 had been declared as electrical transformers.

The same day, in the same airport terminal, authorities confiscated some 43,000 pounds (19,600 kilograms) of sodium sulfate, destined for a company in Honduras.

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