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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2017. 4:16 p.m. CST.

Picture courtesy: Agencia Guatemalteca de Noticias

By BBN Staff: Guatemalan authorities today seized 9.9 millions boxes of cigarettes in Peten, along the border with Mexico and Belize.

The Agencia Guatemalteca de Noticias reported yesterday, that Jorge Aguilar, spokesman for the National Civil Police (PNC), detailed how agents of the substation in Poptún (Petén) intercepted a truck, detaining one Byron Misael Cabrera Gonzáles, and seizing a hefty 9,914,600 boxes of contraband cigarettes.

Cabrera, 33, was arrested and sent to a court in that town. On January 2 and 31, Guatemalan authorities also seized 20 million and 4.61 million cigarettes in Chiquimula and San Francisco Peten.

The security forces maintain constant operations in Guatemala to combat the smuggling of these products.

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