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Jamaican killed in Honduran drug raid

Published:Friday | January 18, 2013 | 3:49 PM

(AP) — 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 coast guard 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 coast guard 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 United States informed the Hondurans of the boat's location by radar.

Officials said it was the first Honduras drug raid using US radar intelligence, following a five-month suspension of sharing of such data.

He estimated that as many as five tons of drugs may have passed through Honduras in each of the five months that the radar system was suspended.