Central America is the bridge from the biggest cocaine producers - Colombia, Peru and Bolivia - into Mexico.
And Honduras has become a key point in that journey. Hundreds of tonnes of cocaine travel through it.
Its coup in 2009 is thought to have provided a window of opportunity for traffickers.
Communities are feeling the surge in trafficker presence as suspected drug flights to the country have sharply increased from a handful in 2006 to more than 80 last year.
Most traffickers there are Honduran but analysts say there is increasing evidence they're managed by Mexican gangs.
Al Jazeera's Monica Villamizar reports from Colon in Honduras.