Honduras passes new aerial interdiction law to combat narco-trafficking

Government of the Republic of Honduras has announced the Honduran Congress has approved a new aerial interdiction law designed to further enhance the ability to combat narco-trafficking in the country and throughout the Western Hemisphere, the government said.

The new law was championed by President Juan Orlando Hernandez and passed during virtual session of the National Congress.

The purpose of the new law is to establish the rules and procedures for the location, identification, tracking, and interception of illegal aircraft. It allows Honduran officials to employ aircraft tracer cartridges on planes that are reasonably suspected of being primarily engaged in illicit drug trafficking, It will facilitate cooperation with other countries in the region and gives authorities the ability to identify, track and intercept aircraft that enter Honduran airspace illegally.

The version of the law was passed in 2014 and more limited in scope. The new Aerial Interdiction Law contains more tactics that reflect the changes and enhancements of the fight against drug trafficking.