By Cesar Castro Fagoaga, Suchit Chavez, and Jessica Avalos
n March 2011, shortly before a group of El Salvador soldiers were linked to the seizure of 1,812 M-67 grenades, Honduran authorities dismantled a Mexican drug trafficking cell in possession of 14 rocket launchers belonging to the Salvadoran Armed Forces.
The official story began on March 17, 2011, with two weapons busts in the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula. One occurred in a warehouse in Rio Bermejo that belonged to Eduardo Elias Handal Saybe, and the other in a residence in the Lomas de San Juan neighborhood. It was the warehouse, full of weapons, that most caught the attention of the authorities.
There were so many weapons that then Defense Minister Marlon Pascua said he had never seen that many under those circumstances, Honduras newspaper La Prensa reported.