By Dialogo January 29, 2013 Six men were shot with high caliber weapons by alleged gang members inside a shed in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, while they were playing cards on January 27, the regional authorities informed. “Unfortunately, six people died – all of them adult men who remain unidentified – by eight men that arrived in a vehicle, carrying bulletproof vests, and opened fire with 9 mm rifles, according to the shells that were left behind at the crime scene,” Commissioner Leonel Sauceda, head of Police in that city, located at 240 km north of Tegucigalpa, told the local media. The chief of Police said that, according to preliminary investigations, the perpetrators were from maras (gangs) that had been terrorizing the population in districts and neighborhoods of the main Honduran cities. He also stated that, so far, there were no major conclusions from the investigations, because the crime had just occurred, and they were waiting for forensic authorities to perform investigations and remove the bodies. Police contingents were deployed in the city, looking for the vehicle that was used by the alleged gang members. According to the United Nations, Honduras ranks first in murder rates worldwide – with 92 per 100,000 inhabitants – and crime rates continue to rise, despite the efforts made by Porfirio Lobo’s government to clean up the police force.
The 34-year-old resident Philip AndreyAnlap was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Block 17, Mandurriaodistrict. When frisked, Anlap yielded six moresachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia, police said. ILOILO City – He allegedly soldillegal drugs. Anlap, a “street-level” target, wasnabbed after he allegedly sold a sachet of illegal drugs to an undercoverofficer for P1,100 around 9 p.m. on Friday. Anlap was detained in the lockup cellof the Mandurriao police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againsthim./PN