Google Maps user finds ‘jungle narco air strip’ sparking Reddit theories

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A Google Maps user claimed they had found a "jungle narco air strip in Guatemala".

The web user discovered a plane landing strip in dense jungle in the Central American country, and appeared to be suggesting it is used for illicit cartel activities.

He uploaded a picture of the runway, that is supposedly one mile in length to Reddit.

But other Google Maps users were not convinced the runway is used by drug gangs.

One wrote: "Wow I'm sure this is just for jungle tourists and that nothing bad happens here." Another joked: "*Dense forest exists*. Narcos: is for me?!"

Other people were more interested in the details in the picture.

One wrote: "There are also four small buildings to the west of it."

Another replied: "And one of something to the south. Also far north on the border there's another small collection of buildings.

"Would crack me up if that was the border guard as it's possibly even close enough to see planes taking off/landing.

"What's kinda crazy is east of that there's a village with this utterly crazy north/south split where half of them are in one nation and the other half in the other."

Guatemala, with a population of just over 17 million, has one of the most extensive and dense forest systems in Central America.

Tourism has grown gradually but the drug trade is still blighting the country.

Last year Guatemalan security forces found 50 abandoned narco jets in the jungle, and the authorities say dozens more landed and flew away.

It is claimed that 90% of the cocaine consumed in the United States now transits through Guatemala.

Google Maps users are often quick to share their theories for images they find on the site.

Recently one claimed glowing houses could be proof of "alien lasers".

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