Honduran officials say 10 killed in gunbattle between rival gangs fighting over drug business

  • Updated: August 5, 2013 - 9:00 PM

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Authorities in Honduras say 10 people died in a shootout between rival drug gangs fighting over a cocaine shipment in northern Honduras.

Deputy Defense Minister Carlos Funez says a Nicaraguan drug kingpin was killed in the battle in the border province of Gracias a Dios. Funez said Monday that Victor Centeno's body was taken by his gunmen over the border into Nicaragua.

Army spokesman Col. Jeremias Arevalos says Centeno's group faced off a drug gang led by Honduran Fredy Marmol. Arevalos says the two groups have been fighting over drug trafficking routes and cocaine shipments.

Honduras has become a main transit route for South American cocaine, and violence tied to trafficking has helped drive the country's homicide rate to the highest level in the world.

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