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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who killed a suspected drug trafficker during a raid in a remote region of Honduras was part of an aggressive new enforcement strategy that started in April and in little more than two months has caught more than half the number of illegal drug flights intercepted previously over 18 months.
The mission, called Operation Anvil, is run with six U.S. State Department helicopters that were moved from Guatemala to northern Honduras as well as a special team of DEA agents who work with Honduran police to move more quickly and pursue suspicious flights, according to a U.S. official in Honduras who couldn't be named for security reasons.
With the new operation, Honduran and U.S. drug agents follow every flight they detect of unknown origin and work with non-U.S. contract pilots that don't have the restrictions on rules of engagement that the U.S. military do.