Guatemalan authorities have detained 21 suspects for allegedly laundering $46 million in drug money through an agricultural company for the Sinaloa cartel as reported by The Associated Press: "Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz said Tuesday that the bulk of the money was sent from Guatemala to Mexico."
Upon taking office last year Guatemalan President and former general Otto Perez Molina called in the troops to bring down the invading Mexican cartels as reported by BBC News: "Guatemala is following the example of Mexico and Honduras, where the military is also tackling the drug gangs."
Only days before Molina was sworn into office Congressman Valentin Leal Caal was assassinated after promising to ally with the new President on his mission against organized crime as reported by BBC News: "Mr Leal represented the northern region of Alto Verapaz, where Guatemala's security forces have been struggling to contain the influence of Mexico's Zetas drugs cartel."
Guatemala is among the major transit points for cocaine smuggled from Colombia through Central America to Mexico and on to the United States. The Mexican drug cartels smuggle $50 billion in bulk product and bundled cash back-and-forth over the open U.S. border each year with surprisingly little resistance from American authorities.