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January 20th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Narco Wars: DEA fights back

With the highest homicide rate in the world, Honduras has become the apex for drug trafficking in the region.

In this segment, CNN’s Kaj Larsen gives you an extremely rare behind-the-scenes look at an overseas operation headed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Larsen follows the head of the DEA in Honduras who, with the help of just two other DEA agents, is trying to stem the flow of an estimated 25 tons a month of cocaine bound for the U.S.

Narco Wars is one of two riveting stories you won’t want to miss on CNN Presents this Sunday at 8:00 pm ET, reairing at 11:00 pm and 2:00 am.


Filed under: Honduras • Kaj Larsen • Narco Wars
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  1. Lynda Perez

    Kaj Larsen awesome CNN live video story on the NARCO war in Guatemala/Honduras! Good job!

    January 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  2. Lynda Perez

    It's nice to know that the DEA is doing something now to try their hardest to control NARCO. However, why did it take so long to come up with something like this? I remember since Regan was in office they were struggling to fight the war on drugs. Who is actually monitoring the "gatekeepers at our California-Mexico and Florida borders? What about our biggest unmanned border which would be Canada? Who is monitoring that border? What about other international import/export borders such as Asia...China, the Philippines, where illegal drugs are still being smuggled into the Island of Guam (U.S. territory), then to Hawaii, then to the mainlands? Many people were hooked and still are to the most dangerous drug on the planet......crystal meth ("ice") on such a tiny U.S. island. Something must be done all over the U.S. to protect our bright and young people from getting hooked on "ice" that is destroying their lives. I understand that it is a very difficult to fight our border wars but I am so happy that the DEA is doing something for a change in Guatemala and Honduras before it hits our California-Mexico border.

    January 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  3. Rey

    Americans need to be held accountable for their drug used and the demand that continues to plague this world. Perhaps Narco State Country's need to allowed the flow of drugs to roll down their highways right up to the borders of America so that the innocent can have a safe future. Americas powerful drug user get away with a slap in the wrist and their drug abuse continues with hardly any repercussions at all. Judges in America are just as guilty as this rich and powerful drug user because this kind of user knows that with money even the man in robes dances to their tune.

    January 23, 2012 at 12:37 am |
    • Lynda Perez

      That is so sad but reality that corruption takes over innocent lives. So how is DEA dealing with some of our corrupted criminal justice who is suppose to be protecting and saving peoples lives? Maybe its about time they clean house in all 50 states including the three U.S. territories.

      January 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  4. AlPal88

    I guess all this means is that the CIA is better funded than the DEA...

    January 23, 2012 at 12:36 am |
  5. brooklynguy1

    this is pure bs in my eyes the courts are messed up in general i pray for you richard that you will be ok in life and that one day you will get out and see your wife just gota stay strong in there hope takes you a long way i no its bs but that is life just think about it people it wanst over a parkin spot if that guy did have that bat and was doin wrong none of this would of happen this happen a few yrs back in howard beach an african american man was robbing a car at night with a kinfe and a fella came out asked him what he was doin he swung the knife didnt get the kid but the kid hit him and got 25yrs to life to attemped murder its all bs they use that racial stuff on us riachard stay strong mo

    January 23, 2012 at 12:21 am |
  6. Big D

    This guy got the shaft. If anyone no matter what color they were came after my dad with a bat.... They would deserve what they got. The media over did the race card thing like they always do and made this guy out to be the "WHITE DEVIL". This is a perfect example of what happens in our justice system when the NAACP steps in an flexes their muscle. No one else wants to be labeled a racist so lets get a conviction and let this guy take the fall.

    January 23, 2012 at 12:12 am |
    • Swizzle

      You couldn't be more right on. I am a proud black man from SC and I am tired of the NAACP influence......... Making everything a Black Man does someone else fault

      January 23, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  7. AJ Odze

    Richard DiGuglielmo's story demonstrates a complete and utter miscarriage of justice by the Westchester County DA's office.
    This man is sitting in prison as the witness statements and testimony were not heard.
    Its outrageous that the US Supreme Court refuses to hear this case.
    Richie's story could be anyone's story. And each and every one of us could be in his shoes.
    This should be a public outcry of support for DiGueglielmo.
    So sorry his family and him have to endure this utter nightmare.
    The perp was armed. Struck his father with a bat and was using it as a deadly weapon.
    The NYS Penal Law allows people to use deadly force in this situation.
    Perro was hell bent on convicting DiGuliemo at all cost.
    As a cop, I would have done the exact same thing as any cop or armed citizen would have.
    Perro lied to the jury. This was not a racial issue at all. It was an armed perp with a baseball bat.

    January 23, 2012 at 12:07 am |
  8. Todd Humphreys

    As long as there is a profit to be made there will be someone willing to take the risk to make the profit.
    The cartels have mastered the the "Walmart" method, drugs are now cheaper & more available than ever before.
    Nixons 40+ yr old $2.5 "TRILLION" war is a TOTAL COMPLETE FAILURE.
    The contents of this video displaying the effort & expense the US has invested yet they are still out gunned & out spent & out numbered is proof of that.
    Drugs are bad, prohibition makes them worse.
    Prohibition allows the cartels to set the value of their product.
    Regulation & Taxation of Marijuana, the Cash Cow of the cartels, would cripple the cartels.
    If we could grow marijuana next to our prized tomatoes & squash & okra they would all have the same street value.
    If alcohol, tobacco & asperin were illegal today, the cartels would be selling them tomorrow.
    This war cannot be won.

    January 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  9. Andrew Thomas

    This was an excellent segment. I lived in Guatemala for half of my life. It's bad there folks. Thank you @Kaj Larsen for doing this segment. Americans need to know what is going on down there. We all know about Mexico now, but places like Guate and Honduras are often forgotten. I've lost many friends in this war on narcotics... America, what say we cut down on the demand?

    January 22, 2012 at 8:37 pm |