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January 19, 2013
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Jamaicans dead, missing in Honduran drug raid


A Jamaican man is dead, another has been detained and a third missing, following a major drug raid in Honduras, according to authorities.

It's reported that the incident occurred late Wednesday following a high-speed boat chase.

The Honduran navy said one of three Jamaicans, who was on a go-fast boat carrying 350 kilograms or 772 pounds of cocaine died, when a Honduran coastguard vessel rammed the craft before dawn about 2.5 miles off the country's northern coast.

Rear Admiral Rigoberto Espinal said one of the other Jamaicans jumped into the sea and disappeared, but the third man was detained.

Espinal said the Jamaicans "did not put up any armed resistance," but they had to ram the boat with a coastguard vessel.

The survivor has already been interrogated by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Espinal also said DEA agents did not participate directly in the raid, but the United States informed the Hondurans of the boat's location by radar.

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