GENERAL- PBSUCCESS - SPECIFIC- ALLEGED ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE ARMS INTO GUATEMALA (

Created: 12/16/1953

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FROM : Chief of Station, Guatemala SUBJECT: mnfjwl- PBSUCCESS

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for the information of Headquartera and receiving atationsopyemorandum dated3 and prepared by Colonel V. P. MARTIN, U. S. Air Attache in Guatemala, relatingonversation he had with Mr. KESSER,

This station has no additional information concorning Mr. Dalwin MESSEH and is unable to furnish any informationthe -truth or falaity of any allegations made by him.

Enclosure:

Memorandum as noted

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Office of the Air Attache United States Embassy Guatemala City, Guatemala3

MEMORANDUM of Conversation

TO: The Ambassador Mr. Krieg Colonel McCormick

Participants: r. Dalwin Messer

olonel V. p. Martin

Mr. Dalwin. Citizen, apparently engaged in shrimp fishing along the Pacific Coast of Central America, called at this office Purpose of his visit was to ask oesist0nce in contacting byisabled fishing boat belonging to him which is at present at some unknownoff the coast of El Salvador.

Regarding his fishing operations he made the following

That the Guatemalan government hired him tohrlmo survey of the Pacific coast and paid him eight thousand) for the eight-day survey.

That heery largemlle) shrimp bed offshore near the Gua ternalan-Salvadoran border.

uatemalan company has been formed with Edmundo Urol, brother of the Minlater of Agriculture, aa head. Brol purchased sixtyf one fishing boat, Hesser alleges.

(k) If the operation develops aa he hopes, he will bring down about six shrimp boats from Los Angeles. Shrimp will be frozen on hla boats and shipped to California via Grace and Johnson Linerom San Joae.

Messer claims to have been shrimping off Coata Rica recently. According to him, he waa approached In San Jose, Coata Rica, on3 by two Germans unknown to him. These men knew heoat and asked if he would be interested in carrying contraband to Guatemala. They offered him thirty thousand) to carry) tons of arms to Guatemala, to be unloaded at Champerico. Material was to have been loaded onessel from another vessel in the Gulf of Nlcoye. According to Messer he neither accepted nor turned down the offer, thus leaving the door open for possible future contacts.

Messer asked severalthe attitude of

the present governmentperations hero

de appeared to be open andmanor. His home base is

Los Angeles, and he carries aII Warcard,

V.P. MARTIN Colonel, USAF Air Attache

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