Section » Crime

Medellin, Colombia: Two tourists drugged with scopolamine, one dead

  Medellin – Burundanga Attack (machine translated) – The Cuban engineer identified as Víctor Ignacio Cuerdo, 49, died in Medellín after suffering an overdose of scopolamine together with a friend and partner, identified as Óscar Cruz, a Honduran national.

Both would have arrived in the city last Wednesday to participate in an international congress on hydroelectric power.

After the event, the two men traveled to the Lleras park to have a few drinks, but after asking for a bottle of liquor and being approached by two women they lost consciousness and were abandoned in the Variante, in the municipality of Caldas.


Both were transferred to the municipality hospital and doctors found clonazepam in their body, a drug to treat diseases such as epilepsy, and in high doses causes death.

Foreigners were robbed of cash, credit cards and documents.

The Cuban engineer died while his partner was already discharged and after declaring the events remains in police custody at a hotel in Medellín. Read Article


Comments Off on Medellin, Colombia: Two tourists drugged with scopolamine, one deadPermalink

Despite Progress, Ecuador and Venezuela need to make improvements Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (12 December 2017) – Progress in the social sector in Venezuela and Ecuador, consistent with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, should be more generally known and recognized, a UN human rights expert has said. In this context, regional integration and cooperation with international organizations should be boosted to ensure that social […]

Comments Off on Despite Progress, Ecuador and Venezuela need to make improvements Economic, Social and Cultural RightsRead this post »

Ecuador: Band of Home Burglars broken up operating in Four Provinces

GANG CONDUCTING HOME BURGLARIES DISMANTLED – OPERATING IN FOUR PROVINCES OF Pichincha, Azuay, El Oro and Loja During the operation, electrical appliances and cell phones were seized. LAHORA.COM.EC (MACHINE TRANSLATED) Crimes such as illicit association, robbery of people and robberies in homes through the modality of estruche are attributed to a criminal organization disarticulated during an […]

Comments Off on Ecuador: Band of Home Burglars broken up operating in Four ProvincesRead this post »

Guayaquil, Ecuador: Criminals Change Robbery Techniques

Many career criminals in Ecuador skillfully follow the U.S. Marine mantra of “adapt, overcome, improvise”. Almost without fail they seem to adjust to most measures by authorities to place criminals in check. For years, I have warned others that if you see two men on a motorcycle and especially without a license plate to up […]

Comments Off on Guayaquil, Ecuador: Criminals Change Robbery TechniquesRead this post »

Cuenca, Ecuador: Two Women Ripoff Spa (Video)

  CUENCA ECUADOR – TWO THIEVES IN ACTION Thursday morning October 16th, 2017, two fairly well dressed women enter a spa. Watch how they greet the employee while one of the women distract the clerk and the other pulls a classic ripoff.  Source: La Voz del Tomebamba RELOCATION SERVICES TO ECUADOR – CONTACT JOURNEYMAN JACK

Comments Off on Cuenca, Ecuador: Two Women Ripoff Spa (Video)Read this post »

Samborondón, Ecuador: Burglaries of residences in private communities – machine translated Members of the National Police and a private security company inspected the address in Camino del Río where a theft was recorded last Monday. Courtesy The theft of a computer in a house and at least ten attempts to rob in other houses, generated the reaction of the inhabitants of the […]

Comments Off on Samborondón, Ecuador: Burglaries of residences in private communitiesRead this post »

Colombia: United Nations issues alert in five areas despite peace truce with ELN

TENSE SITUATION EFE/elmercurio (machine translated) The UN Mission in Colombia warned of the situation of the communities in five conflict zones despite the ceasefire between the Government and the ELN guerrilla that began on October 1. Those five areas are the department of Chocó, the Catatumbo region, northern Cauca, as well as the municipalities of […]

Comments Off on Colombia: United Nations issues alert in five areas despite peace truce with ELNRead this post »

Four Mexican Drug Cartels Have Presence in Ecuador / (machine translated) The cartels of Mexico conquer the drug trafficking market worldwide. The shipment of substances such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and chemical precursors to 51 countries of the five continents, through alliances with criminals, positions them as the pioneers in monopolizing the routes and conquering their empire in several countries, including Ecuador […]

Comments Off on Four Mexican Drug Cartels Have Presence in EcuadorRead this post »

Naranjal, Ecuador: One Ton of Cocaine Seized, hidden under banana plantations – Ecuador: Authorities seize 1 ton of cocaine hidden underground in banana plantations Ecuador’s National Police and the National Anti-narcotics Directorate, through the Counter-Narcotics Intelligence Unit with European Coordination (UIACE), conducted the 178 Fortaleza Police Operation on the night of November 1, in which they arrested three citizens and seized a ton of cocaine. […]

Comments Off on Naranjal, Ecuador: One Ton of Cocaine Seized, hidden under banana plantationsRead this post »

Former Expat in Ecuador pleads guilty to Assault Charges in U.S., sentenced to prison

Defendant fled the U.S. and was residing in Cuenca, Ecuador at the time he was detained. North Carolina: – A Connelly Springs man who spent two years in Ecuador after firing a weapon into a Burke County home could spend up to 11 years in prison. Dean Allan Yancey, 63, pleaded guilty last week […]

Comments Off on Former Expat in Ecuador pleads guilty to Assault Charges in U.S., sentenced to prisonRead this post »

Disbarred Attorney from U.S. Convicted of plotting to fly cocaine from Ecuador

One of Casey Anthony’s former lawyers was convicted of cocaine trafficking in court on Friday. Drugs were destined for ultimate destination of the United States. / Todd Macaluso was found guilty of an international cocaine distribution conspiracy after plotting to fly a plane-full of the drugs from Ecuador to Honduras, according to the New […]

Comments Off on Disbarred Attorney from U.S. Convicted of plotting to fly cocaine from EcuadorRead this post »

Cusco, Peru airport: Tourist detained for trafficking in protected species insects (machine translated) Police personnel assigned to the Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport in Cusco , intervened a foreign citizen who moved an insectary containing protected species considered National Heritage of the Nation The tourist was identified as Rintanen Kari (54), a native of Finland, the same who traveled to the city of Lima, referring to […]

Comments Off on Cusco, Peru airport: Tourist detained for trafficking in protected species insectsRead this post »

Ecuador: Anti-Narcotic Unit Ambushed near Colombia border in San Lorenzo

ELUNIVERSO.COM REPORTED (MACHINE TRANSLATED) With pistol, rifle and even grenade attacks, teams of the Mobile Anti-narcotics Special Group ( GEMA ) were ambushed on Thursday afternoon on the Cadena-Puerto Rico highway, in the border area of San Lorenzo , minutes from Colombia. According to the police report, while carrying out a “sweep” of reconnaissance to […]

Comments Off on Ecuador: Anti-Narcotic Unit Ambushed near Colombia border in San LorenzoRead this post »

Cuenca, Ecuador: Woman cuts man’s face after argument in historic center (video)

Anoche, tras riña mujer le cortó el rostro con estilete a su pareja en Centro Histórico. Hombre fue llevado a hospital y sospechosa detenida — Ivan Velesaca (@cronicacuenca) October 25, 2017 Anoche, tras riña mujer le cortó el rostro con estilete a su pareja en Centro Histórico. Hombre fue llevado a hospital y sospechosa […]

Comments Off on Cuenca, Ecuador: Woman cuts man’s face after argument in historic center (video)Read this post »

Cotopaxi, Ecuador: 15 cases of sexual abuse reported reported In the province there have been 15 cases of sexual abuse of minors in the provincial prosecution, of which 10 are treated at the Nintinacazo type C Health Center in Cotopaxi. (latacunga) Jorge Rosero, Psychologist from the Latacunga Health District, said that since the beginning of the year to date there have been […]

Comments Off on Cotopaxi, Ecuador: 15 cases of sexual abuse reportedRead this post »

Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Tourist shot, killed by police while on tour of favela

The incident occurred during a morning of heavy rains and hours after a shootout between police and alleged narco-traffickers in the favela of RocinhaRIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL. – (machine translated) A Spaniard who visited one of the largest favelas in Brazil as part of a tourist trip was killed by military police on […]

Comments Off on Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Tourist shot, killed by police while on tour of favelaRead this post »

Salinas, Ecuador: Expat wakes up to thief trying to break into his residence

FROM POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA, NAME WITHHELD UNEDITED – Hello Salinas Friends, Just wanted to let you know so you can beware. Yesterday a thief climbed up my fence at 3am in San Lorenzo and he was searching for a way in on the backyard, luckily enough they stumbled upon some glass bottles and made […]

Comments Off on Salinas, Ecuador: Expat wakes up to thief trying to break into his residenceRead this post »

Ecuador, Chile: Analysis of Corruption in Police Forces

INSIGHTCRIME.ORG /Parker Asmann REPORTED In Ecuador and Chile, two of Latin America’s most trusted police institutions have been hit by recent corruption scandals, a reminder that even the most highly-regarded security forces in the region are far from perfect. Ecuador’s national police is currently embroiled in one of the most serious cases of corruption in […]

Comments Off on Ecuador, Chile: Analysis of Corruption in Police ForcesRead this post »

Ecuador: Former member of Transparency Secretariat alleges he was forced to stop investigations

16 FEB 2017 – machine translated |MARÍA ALESIA SOSA, Miami Diego Vallejo, a former member of the Transparency Secretariat of Ecuador, denounced how his superiors forced him to stop corruption investigations, involving senior government officials of Rafael Correa. “Now Vice President Jorge Glas directly called my boss, now Minister Jose Serrano, to ask him […]

Comments Off on Ecuador: Former member of Transparency Secretariat alleges he was forced to stop investigationsRead this post »

Cuba: Sound Sample of Sonic Warfare that diplomats heard


Comments Off on Cuba: Sound Sample of Sonic Warfare that diplomats heardRead this post »

Mexico: U.S. State Department allegedly not including some unnatural deaths in stats reported the U.S State Department updated its data this week on the number of U.S. citizens who died in Mexico of unnatural causes during the first half of the year. Not included in the list? Abbey Conner, 20, a UW-Whitewater student who was pulled lifeless out of a pool under mysterious circumstances just hours […]

Comments Off on Mexico: U.S. State Department allegedly not including some unnatural deaths in statsRead this post »

Ecuador Mobile Phone Operators to tackle stolen phone problem, improve natural disaster response

GSMA We Care Ecuador: Mobile Operators Join Forces to Work on Natural Disaster Response and Tackle Handset Theft / Ecuador’s mobile industry today launched the “We Care Ecuador” campaign, an initiative of the GSMA in Latin America to set up local actions that will help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Operators […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Guayaquil, Ecuador: Robbers assault passenger vehicle front of Malecon (Video)

Undated video shows three assailants at will assaulting a passenger vehicle with weapons on the main road in front of the famous tourist attraction Malecon 2000 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. SAFETY, HEALTH, SECURITY IN ECUADOR – THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ BY ANYONE VISITING OR MOVING TO ECUADOR  

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: U.N. study reveals high prevalence of physical, sexual, psychological violence against children

UN report on violence against children in Ecuador One study has revealed a high prevalence of physical, sexual and psychological violence in homes, schools and other places – machine translated – The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has criticized the high prevalence of sexual, physical and psychological violence […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Urdesa Guayaquil Ecuador: Businessman robbed, murdered in cold blood by motorcyclists reported (Machine Translated) Martha Gonzalez lives in central Urdesa 30 years ago and yesterday from the portal of her house saw agents of the Violent Death Unit perform the skills to solve the crime of a man who after trying to arrest two individuals who had just raided his business , was shot in […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Vice-President, uncle in custody awaiting corruption trial in connection to Odebrecht case / AP – Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas was jailed Monday after the Supreme Court ordered his arrest while he is investigated for allegedly taking bribes from a Brazilian construction giant involved in a sprawling regional graft scandal. Police took Glas into custody at his residence in the city of Guayaquil and later transported […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Drug Arrest Colombia: Aussie Claims the proof of innocence in locked phone / Accused Australian drug mule Cassandra Sainsbury says she cannot remember how to unlock her mobile phone, which contains evidence of threats to kill her family. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – EXCELLENT RESOURCE TO IMPROVE VOCABULARY The 22-year-old Adelaide woman was caught at Bogota’s El Dorado international airport in April, trying to smuggle 5.8 kilograms […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Bogota, Colombia: Australian woman detained for smuggling cocaine at airport

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – A GREAT REFERENCE BOOK May 2, 2017 – The purchase of a last-minute airline ticket in Hong Kong rang alarm bells among US drug agencies, which led to the arrest of Australian woman Cassandra Sainsbury in Colombia on drugs charges. The Australian newspaper has reported that the ticket, bought by […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Machala, Ecuador: Famous Iguanas of Parque Plaza Colón slaughtered with rat poison (video)

MACHALA ECUADOR – EXTERMINATION OF THE GRACIOUS IGUANA FROM A PARK Everyone who has visited Guayaquil, Ecuador wants to see the ancient Iguanas which grace an old park in the middle of this hot and humid port city. Machala, Ecuador also on the hot and humid side has invested millions of dollars in the once […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cuenca, Ecuador: Video shows three thieves ripping off merchant

Cuenca Ecuador: Video shows three thieves working together to steal from a merchant not paying attention to what is going on. Event took place on 10 de Agosto in the commercial area. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – BE BETTER PREPARED – READ THIS BOOK Ivan Velesaca Video muestra como 3 ciudadanos aprovechan descuido y […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Colombia: Rights Violations, Atrocities need to be addressed in post conflict phase / As Colombia’s 50-year armed conflict enters a post-conflict phase, the country is having to face up to the toll it took on millions of lives. There are more than 8m registered victims, and today, Colombia is host to 7.4m internally displaced people – more than anywhere else in the world. Atrocities were committed […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: 112 Women Murdered through September 17, 2017

Latacunga – Flor Pineda Bamba died at 00:30 yesterday because of an injury to the jugular, allegedly caused by his partner , in the streets Felix Valencia and Quijano, in the city of Latacunga. According to the police department of the uniformed New Circuit Vida, the crime would be a suspected femicide with the use […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Brazil: British tourist (canoeist), shot, sexually assaulted, murdered on river trip / Nicola Harley reported British teacher murdered by Amazon pirates refused offer of help from locals to accompany her as she canoed dangerous stretch of river – British canoeist Emma Kelty rejected an offer of safe passage through dangerous pirate infested waters prior to her murder over fears she was losing too much time […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Brazil: Lead Suspect in Robbery & Murder of British Tourist Kayaker, killed / Harriet Agerholm The ringleader of a gang of pirates suspected of robbing and murdering a British kayaker in the Amazon has been killed, Brazilian police have said. Evanilson Gomes da Costa – a 24-year-old known as Baia – was one of seven gang members who police believe murdered Emma Kelty, a former headteacher […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Brazil: Lead suspect in robbery and murder of British tourist kayaker, killed / The ringleader of a gang of pirates suspected of robbing and murdering a British kayaker in the Amazon has been killed, Brazilian police have said. Evanilson Gomes da Costa – a 24-year-old known as Baia – was one of seven gang members who police believe murdered Emma Kelty, a former headteacher from north […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Company in Ecuador breeds rare frogs, trying to stop illegal pet trade

Ecuador is home to over 500 frog species and many face risks from the illegal pet trade. One company thinks it knows how to stop it. These Beautiful Frogs Are in Trouble—Can Selling Them Help? / By Sarah Gibbens Conservationists in Ecuador have taken a controversial approach to fighting the country’s illegal frog trade—they’ve […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Montanita Ecuador: Alibi for one of defendants in murder of two tourists, bites the dust (Machine Translated) Jose Luis Perez Castro (31) is one of the defendants of the double crime of María José Coni (22) and Marina Menegazzo (21) – the Mendocinean tourists who were murdered in the Ecuadorian town of Montañita – and that yesterday suffered a severe setback in full trial: one of the key witnesses […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cuenca, Ecuador: Prostitution, insecurity of concern to residents in parish El Vecino / Prostitution and insecurity are aspects that concern the inhabitants of the parish El Vecino. In recent weeks they have met with the provincial authorities to put on the table proposals that help improve security in the 34 districts of the parish. Jorge Herrera, president of the parish El Vecino, said that the leaders […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cuenca, Ecuador: Prosecutors, Police Raid offices of prominent family in corruption case

Cuenca, Ecuador: Police Raid offices of Eljuri Group in reference to Odebrecht corruption scandal reported the Office of the Prosecutor and the Judicial and Criminal Police, last night raided the offices of the Eljuri Group, located in Gil Ramírez Dávalos Avenue and Armenillas, as part of a research process. Police and prosecutors raided the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: American taken into custody for investigation in kidnapping of two women / Cuenca (Azuay) (machine translated) – The afternoon of Tuesday, September 12, foreigner Jonathan Matthew P., 33, was detained by the National Police for investigations, for being involved in an alleged kidnapping of two women of Colombian nationality . The incident took place at 4:00 p.m., in the Pórtico del Ejido building, located on […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Guayaquil, Ecuador: Authorities discover fake taxi, with seals, color of legal taxi / In an operation of the National Police carried out in Guayaquil, in Samanes stage III, to which were added the transit agents of the ATM, a vehicle was detected that carried a stamp of the Municipal Transit Authority with the number 05525 and a sticker of the which attracted attention and after an […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cuenca Ecuador: U.S. Citizen allegedly abducts two Colombian sex workers

Two sex workers allege they were victims of false imprisonment by U.S. citizen and threatened with a knife when they wanted to leave the American’s apartment. (machine translated) / Two sex workers of Colombian nationality, 20 and 21, were allegedly abducted by a man of U.S. nationality yesterday afternoon in the Condominios Del Ejido […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Missing woman found working in brothel, victim of forced prostitution (machine translated) reported…The National Police of Ecuador, through the Unit Against the Crime of Trafficking in Persons and Trafficking of Migrants (Ucdtptm), carried out the operation “Fortaleza 89” through which four citizens of Ecuadorian nationality, allegedly engaged in the crime of forced prostitution. The operation took place in Guayaquil, on Thursday, starting at 10:00 […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: 2,402 criminal complaints filed a month by victims / (machine translated) The most common crimes are micro-trafficking, theft and robbery. Prosecutor’s Office has 174 points of attention in the national territory, more than 40 prosecutors work in Quito and Guayaquil. Lorenzo was injured during a burglary outside his home. Some criminals beat him with the guns to steal the dump. The suspects […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Report states as much as 80 percent of crimes not reported in Ecuador reported thefts, psychological violence, sexual abuse, physical violence and drug trafficking are the five most reported crimes in the province of Guayas. These figures are derived from the State Attorney General’s Office. However,numerous crimes are not reported to authorities. A study found that 80% of crimes in Ecuador go unreported. Other countries also have […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Quito, Ecuador: Double Murder in Hotel heist located in Historic Center (Aug. 17′)

Well Planned Heist – Double murder in a hotel in the Historic Center of Quito lahora / (machine translated) QUITO They had everything planned. Two criminals entered a historic downtown hotel to rob guests of many who were foreigners.. The buffoons waited until nightfall to attack the victims. They were willing to do everything in […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cuenca Ecuador: Crime of Opportunity still threat for expats, travelers /Martin Simmons The young man who recently moved to Cuenca from California described how thieves stole his cell phone and $100 in cash the first month he was in town. Late at night, there are places to be avoided. Hearing his story, a middle-aged woman from New Jersey, standing next to him at a […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Editor of featured in news program for work at helping tourists remain safe


No CommentsRead this post »

Babahoyo – Vinces Ecuador, bus attacked by armed assailants (video)

Armed criminals assault interprovincial bus that covered the route Babahoyo – Vinces / Some who have viewed this video believe the driver may have been involved with the assailants – notice bus slowing down and picking up passengers not at normal stop for an interprovincial bus. Video is Graphic (No SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Mexico City, Mexico: Notorious Colombian Hotel Thief Detained, other suspect at large / Mario Torres /machine translated/ José Mauricio Prieto Salamanca, a 36-year-old Colombian , was arrested last Friday in the vicinity of a Cuauhtemoc delegation hotel. Prieto Salamanca is related to four reports of theft in different hotels located in the Polanco, Santa Fe and Roma colonies. The Colombian has a history of robbery in […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Argentina: Expat allegedy murdered in his home by male prostitute

Finlay Ferguson was found naked on the bed of his Argentina home as a teenager was arrested over the grisly crime FRIENDS of murdered Scots musician Finlay Ferguson have leaped to his defence over hurtful comments about his sex life in the wake of his death. INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Bus Assaults Still threat, another one bites the dust route to Cuenca

BUS ON ZHUMIRAL-CUENCA ROUTE ASSAULTED BY ARMED THUGS (El Tiempo)  On Wednesday August 30th, 2017,  at 7:00 am. a Cooperativa Azuay bus was assaulted by armed thugs who feigned being passengers. Three of the so called passengers(robbers) then then allowed two more assailants on board the bus. One of the robbers fired his weapon into […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Cautionary tale of professional thieves targeting passengers on interprovincial buses

Despite all the security measures that have been put in place, travel on inter-provincial or long haul buses have security risks. Awareness is mandatory at all times including while getting on or off of a bus. The following story is an unedited version of a recent experience of an expat in Ecuador taking a trip […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Guayaquil, Ecuador: Crime Wave of Dog Poisonings in neighborhood near San Marino Mall

Robberies in residential sector north of Guayaquil increased after dog poisoning Security ELUNIVERSO.COM (MACHINE TRANSLATED) This series of crimes intensified after they poisoned the pet of Milton, the past 2 of July. Similar crimes have been committed since that day. The whistleblower said his dog (German shepherd) was barking loudly and driving away the criminals. […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Guayaquil Ecuador: Woman Arrested on Metrovia for stealing cell phones (machine translated) The woman was arrested for stealing at a Metrovía station, in the Florida sector, in the north of Guayaquil. At the time of the arrest, the woman was found with three cell phones. This morning, members of the National Police captured a woman who was subtracting cell phones at a Metrovía station, […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Otavalo, Ecuador: 8 year old boy kidnapped for ransom, found safe in hostel /(machine translated) OTAVALO, Imbabura. The mother of the kidnapped child was reunited with him in the police units. Otavalo – Dennis, the 8-year-old boy who was kidnapped last Saturday in Otavalo (Imbabura), reunited with his family yesterday. The police rescued him and arrested one of the alleged kidnappers. The little boy enjoyed the last […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Itarema Brazil: Lithuanian tourist cyclist assaulted, raped – A 42-year-old Lithuanian tourist was assaulted and raped in the state of Ceará , Brazil , while participating in an expedition that toured South America on a bicycle for the Olympic year , local media reported. The rape occurred on Saturday when the group she accompanied, made up of about a dozen Lithuanians […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Michoacán, Mexico: Tourist from Ireland murdered, girlfriend from Arizona injured in robbery

TOURIST FROM IRELAND SHOT TO DEATH AFTER STOPPING AT GAS STATION TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS. GILFRIENDfROM TUCSON ARIZONA ALSO INJURED, HOSPITALIZED 08-18-2017 The man, originally from Louth, was murdered in the Lazaro Cardenas region in the State of Michoacán on Tuesday. According to local media reports, the man was travelling with his American partner […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Mexico: Another journalist murdered, under government protection

Coatzacoalcos, Mexico (AFP) ( – A Mexican journalist under government protection was shot dead Tuesday in the violent state of Veracruz, an official said, the 10th journalist murdered in Mexico this year. Candido Rios, a crime reporter for a regional newspaper, was gunned down outside a convenience store in the eastern town of Hueyapan de […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Monster of the Andes, Serial Killer Documentary (Video)

Pedro Alonso Lopez became known as the “Monster of the Andes” in 1980 when he led police to 53 graves in Ecuador, all of the girls around nine to twelve years old, and in 1983 he was found guilty of the murder of 110 girls in Ecuador, confessing to a further 240 murders in Peru […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Guayaquil, Ecuador: scopolamine not only drug used to incapacitate victims (machine translated) Restricted substances are used in thefts of individuals They blow a substance from a piece of paper, they give them a towel, they touch them, they apply some substance to them, like perfumes, or they give them some drink and minutes later they lose their will to act or the knowledge, the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Chile: Semi Trucks Set on Fire in arson attack, evidence points to Indigenous group

(Reuters/ – Eighteen semi trucks used to transport food were set on fire in a parking lot in the southern Chilean city of Temuco on Saturday, local authorities said. The incident appeared to be intentional and the governor of the region of Araucania, Nora Barrientos, told local radio that evidence gathered at the scene linked […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Paraguay, Major Marijuana Powerhouse

Washington Post – CURUGUATY, Paraguay — Paraguay is a global marijuana powerhouse: The small South American country produces 9 percent of the world’s supply. But until recently, it wasn’t common there to see drug raids or hear helicopters thumping overhead in search of plantations. That’s all changing. Last June, Paraguay’s most prominent crime lord was killed by […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Totoracocha, Cuenca, Ecuador: Video of robbery with knife of pedestrians

2. Con cuchillo en mano así roban a transeúntes en Totoracocha #Cuenca. #MercurioEc @mercurioec @tomebamba — Ivan Velesaca (@cronicacuenca) August 18, 2017 SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK

No CommentsRead this post »

Cuenca Ecuador: Video of Motorcyclists Assaulting, Robbing Pedestrians

1. in #Cuenca video reveals how they operate criminals on a motorcycle in the Totoracocha sector. #MercurioEc | IVM 1. En #Cuenca video revela como operan delincuentes en moto en el sector de Totoracocha. #MercurioEc @mercurioec @tomebamba — Ivan Velesaca (@cronicacuenca) August 18, 2017 SAFETY, SECURITY, HEALTH IN ECUADOR – THIS BOOK IS A […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Sao Paulo Brazil: Video of Cell Phone Theft on streets

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Graphic Video of Knife Wielding Bus Robbers

#URGENTE | #COMPARTE TO BE CAPTURED STRONGLY ARMED CRIME ROBANS TO PASSENGERS OF THE CITIM COOP IN THE VIA MILAGRO-GUAYAQUIL Moments of terror lived the passengers of the bus of the coop. #Citim when heavily armed criminals untied them. The unit covered the route #Milagro – #Guayaquil. The National Police dismantled a band that operated […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Venezuela: Military Base Attacked by Civilians, weapons stolen = The attack targeting the Paramacay military base in Venezuela was carried out by a group of civilians, the country’s Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said Sunday. Earlier in the day, media reported that a group of people wearing military uniform attacked the military base. Vice President of the Venezuelan ruling United Socialist Party […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Two Murders in Two Days in Portoviejo, Manabi Ecuador

PORTOVIEJO. The body of the victim, who was 50 years old. With at least three shots, two of those visible in the head, Jimmy León Zambrano, 50, was killed yesterday morning in the sector of the Santa Cruz bridge in the capital of Manabi. Staff from specialized police units, such as the Dinased, were […]

No CommentsRead this post »

353 Ankle Bracelets in Use for monitoring criminal defendants in Ecuador

The use of the apparatus depends on the penitentiary regime of the accused and the type of trial and sentence issued by the judge. Writing Justice Andrés (protected name), 18, 20 days ago had problems with justice and the judge, as a precautionary measure, ordered the young man to use an electronic device of free […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Violent Crimes Up Sharply in Rio de Janeiro / LUIZA FRANCO/Official data confirms the general feeling of insecurity in a State that today is under reinforcement by police from the National Security Force and troops from the Armed Forces. The number of violent deaths in the first semester of this year (3,457) increased by 15% compared to the same period in 2016. […]

No CommentsRead this post »

How to identify counterfeit five dollar bills in Ecuador /(MACHINE TRANSLATED) The Central Bank of Ecuador (ECB) informs the public that it is not aware of the fact that it has been warned in social networks regarding the circulation of false dollars of five dollars allegedly identifiable by the numbers 8612 placed as the last four digits of the numbering of the series. […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Cartel Gunmen Storm Popular Tourist Beach Beach (Video)

Tourists visiting a popular beach in Mexico’s Los Cabos recorded the moment when cartel gunmen stormed a beach unleashing waves of machine gun fire killing three men and injured two others. Over the weekend, the once quiet resort area saw 11 confirmed murders. – Videos recorded by tourists using cell phones and obtained by […]

No CommentsRead this post »


.PHARMACEUTIAL ALERT A few weeks ago reported a raid by authorities on a clandestinne laboratory outside of Cuenca, Ecuador. Here is developing information: .The clandestine lab was allegedly shipping counterfeit drugs from China to Ecuador. Primary shipments were to pharmacies in 31 cities in the provinces of Loja, Azuay, Cañar, El Oro, Sucumbíos, Tungurahua, […]

No CommentsRead this post »

La Paz Bolivia: Bizarre Case of Dead Woman Found Alive In Funeral Home

Woman was to be transported home. Instead,daughter and son-in-law had her taken to a funeral home to die. (machine translated) A 64-year-old woman was recovering Thursday at a La Paz hospital after police rescued her from a funeral home where her family had taken her after she was removed from hospital monitoring equipment . […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Femicide Cases Up 60 Percent first seven months of 2017 reported (machine translated) Interior Minister César Navas admitted yesterday at a press conference that in cases of femicide there has been a 60% increase compared to 2016, in the same period from January to July. “Until July 29 we have 70 cases, although certain commissions say different figures, but a team has been formed […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Argentina: 10,000 victims of human trafficking rescued in past decade

  INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY READ THE BOOK The Argentinian government says it has rescued more than 10,000 victims of human trafficking in the past decade, almost half of whom were sex trafficking victims. It is a problem made more difficult to tackle by the complicity of corrupt officials. Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo reports from Buenos […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Statistics regarding femicide include 77% attackers use knives, strangulation – According to a study of judicial sentences of femicides occurred in 2015, presented by the Ecumenical Commission on Human Rights (Cedhu), 56% of cases in the country occur during night or dawn when little surveillance. Attacks of the perpetrators occur with the same percentage (56%) inside the houses and 43% of other cases […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Nine Years Abroad in Ecuador Prison, Drug Trafficker from U.K. tells all / Gangland executions, grenade and gun fights, riots and escapes – Pieter Tritton has seen it all and lived to tell the tale after nine years in prison in Ecuador. Jailed for masterminding cocaine export from the South American country to the UK, he went from living the high life as a drug dealer […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Manabi, Ecuador: Authorities making efforts to curb clandestine theft of electricity (machine translated) 83 cases of energy theft have Jean Carlo Giler, commercial director of the (Cnel), warned that the objective is to detect those who have clandestine connections, reason why the strategic plan includes works coordinated with members of the Police and the prosecutor (Fiscalía). He explained that for detection they arrive at a […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cuenca Ecuador: Underground pharmaceutical laboratory raided Guambaña – Seven detainees left Operation Drug IV on Tuesday in the provinces of Azuay, Cañar and El Oro. A suspected informal drug laboratory was raided. pharmaceutical Among the evidences seized raw material, boxes with expired drugs and others without sanitary registration. The hearing on the formulation of charges will be held this Wednesday […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Sex Trafficking of the Indigenous, seldom reported or discussed

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation)/ Anastasia Moloney – Hundreds of indigenous people, including children, across Ecuador are being trafficked each year but few victims come forward because of shame and fear and little is known about the true scale of the problem, campaigners say. In Ecuador, the most common form of human trafficking involves women and […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cartagena, Colombia: Tourist from Spain alleges she is victim of sexual attack

According to the complaint of the Spanish citizen, she and her boyfriend, of Argentine nationality, entered Colombia as ‘backpackers’ on the border with Ecuador. By: Digital Editorial BLU Radio A woman, of Spanish nationality, denounced having been a victim of sexual abuse in the sector known as Playa Blanca, in the city of Cartagena. According […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Woman killed in suspected revenge for illegal buttocks injectionss – A Brazilian woman accused of carrying out illegal silicon implant procedures has been killed in a suspected revenge attack. Marcilene Soares Gama, 49, had been accused by clients of using industrial silicone for buttock enlargement. At the time of her death she faced court action over charges she pretended to be a doctor. […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador: Assailant of Woman Shot and Killed by Police

ASSAILANT ALSO TRIED TO ATTACK POLICE WITH KNIFE eldiario.e- machine translated – An alleged assailant died this Saturday, July 22, 2017, the product of shots fired by a policeman who had attempted to attack with a knife on the bridge Caras de Caráquez Bay, in the canton of Sucre. The incident was raised this morning, […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cancun Mexico: Narco activity, bloodshed threatens bubble of safety at resort mecca

Nacha Cattan / Eric Martin – It’s not surprising that many tourists aren’t aware of the killings going on around them (resorts). Recent murders haven’t always made the front pages of the local papers left in hotel lobbies. That’s no accident. Nationwide, 2017 is shaping up to be Mexico’s most murderous year ever. There were […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Despite end of war in Colombia, insecurity growing

32 MURDERS A DAY /(machine translated) affected by the lack of job opportunities, José traveled with his family from Haycopungo, north of Otavalo, to Colombia. He was selling clothes and crafts. Carmen was in the eighth month of pregnancy and therefore planned to return to Ecuador to give birth in Otavalo. Jose had told […]

No CommentsRead this post »

San Joaquin Medellin, Colombia: Corpse of U.S. Citizen found with knife wounds / In the afternoon hours of Saturday, July 22, the corpse of a US citizen was found in a house in the San Joaquin neighborhood. According to preliminary information, the man, who was 68 years old, had arrived at that residence last Thursday, and precisely since that day at night, they had no report […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Scammers on Facebook Offering Loans for One Percent

AT LEAST 300 VICTIMS OF FACEBOOK SCAM / HEAD OF CRIMINAL GROUP IS FOREIGNER EL TELÉGRAFO / MACHINE TRANSLATED/ The offer was very attractive: loans between $ 1,000 and $ 100,000 at 1% interest. The announcement circulated on Facebook and there were those who risked to participate, despite the same route appear warnings from the […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Mexico: Bloodshed in drug war, homicides spike / Drug war bloodshed in Mexico has spiked to record levels, with more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades. Prosecutors opened 2,234 homicide investigations last month, according to government statistics released Friday. That’s an increase of 40% over June of last year and 80% over June of […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cancun Mexico: Some Tourists believe they are being served tainted alcohol

Raquel Rutledge/ Some guests believe they are being served tainted alcohol or being drugged at all-inclusive resorts The scene at the swim-up bar at the Mexican resort where Abbey Conner was pulled listless from the pool in January was full of young tourists last month when an attorney hired by Conner’s family showed up. It […]

No CommentsRead this post »

U.S. expat arrested in Ecuador for IRS charges, established gofundme account

In January of 2017, former U.S. expat in Ecuador, Daryl Giesking established a page attempting to raise $50,000. On July 13, 2017, Daryl Giesking was sentence to 2.5 years in Federal prison for submitting fraudulent income tax returns. He had hired an enrolled IRS agent in 2008, to prepare his 2007 taxes. He received […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Colorado Man Arrested in Ecuador for Income Tax Refund Scheme, Sentenced to Prison – Sought More than $1 Million in Bogus Refunds; Funds Received Spent on Precious Metals and Coins, a Truck, Jewelry and Luxury Travel A Loveland, Colorado businessman, who owned a delicatessen franchise in Fort Collins, Colorado, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison today for conspiring to file fraudulent claims for tax refunds, […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Ecuador: Shaman to be sentenced to Prison Term in Death of U.S. citizen, during Ayahuasca Ceremony


No CommentsRead this post »

Bogota Colombia: U.S. Marine Officers Robbed and Drugged with scopolamine Rosenberg reported three married U.S. Marine officers have found themselves under investigation for a night in February that went off the rails in Bogotá, involving allegations they went drinking with some local women, were slipped illicit drugs, robbed of U.S. property and landed in a local hospital emergency room. The men may have fallen […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Argentina Crime Rate Registers 6% lower in 2016 compared to 2015

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK reported Argentina registered 6% less crime in 2016 than in 2015, a decline that makes it the third country with the lowest number of crimes in Latin America behind Chile and Ecuador, announced today the country’s security minister, Patricia Bullrich . The head of the Security […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: After three years no resolution in the death of U.S. expat

Valerie de la Valdene, a world-class underwater photographer, died in the Galapagos in 2014. Authorities ruled it a suicide, but friends and family believe there’s more to the story. By Jim Wyss (Miami Herald) It has been three years since Valerie de la Valdene, a 47-year-old Palm Beach native and underwater film-maker, met an ugly […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Colombia: Dutch Journalists Freed After Kidnapping

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK reported: Colombia’s ELN guerrilla group announced Friday the release of two Dutch journalists kidnapped by the rebels last weekend. “We advise that the two foreigners captured by the ELN in Catatumbo were released in perfect condition,” the Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (National Liberation Army) said on […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Members of Sinaloa Cartel Detained in Cocaine Distribution Operation in Ecuador Translated – In the operation denominated Sinaloa, authorities dismantled an extension of a Mexican cartel composed by a Colombian and 11 Mexicans. After the raids, carried out in various sectors of the province of Pichincha, 101 kilos of cocaine were seized, which narcos hid in cocoa seeds and then sent to North American markets. […]

No CommentsRead this post »

Cuenca, Ecuador City Buses Security Cameras Not Broadcasting in Real Time reported the urban transport system of Cuenca, by operation topics, have a closed circuit recording, not broadcast in real time, by cost, which records for 15 days without interruption. This system was implemented to control evasion in the payment of fares and delinquency acts within the units. You can only see the recordings after […]

No CommentsRead this post »