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Brazil: Operation Ostium combating suspected air traffic on borders

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dialogo-americas.com – Operation Ostium, conducted by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) since March, has reduced suspect air traffic on Brazil’s borders with Bolivia and Paraguay by 80 percent. The operation has reinforced surveillance of the region’s air space with the temporary installation of mobile radar stations in towns near border areas such as Chapecó in Santa Catarina, and Corumbá in Mato Grosso do Sul. Aerial operations from FAB bases have also been enhanced, and military aircraft have been deployed to towns and cities such as Cascavel and Foz do Iguaçu in Paraná, and Dourados in Mato Grosso do Sul, the main base of operations, located 100 kilometers from Paraguay’s border. Read Article

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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 […]

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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. breitbart.om – Videos recorded by tourists using cell phones and obtained by […]

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Drug Trafficking Tourist from Israel Arrested in Peru

larepublica.peA tourist of Israeli nationality requested by the authorities of his country was captured this morning by the police in the district cusqueño of Wanchaq. Israel Shalom (32), identified with passport No. 22637657, has an arrest warrant for illicit drug trafficking. The foreigner was interviewed when he was traveling on Gordon Back Street in Urb. […]

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Nine Years Abroad in Ecuador Prison, Drug Trafficker from U.K. tells all

gloucestershirelive.co.uk / 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 […]

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

Nacha Cattan / Eric Martin -msan.com – 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 […]

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Mexico: Bloodshed in drug war, homicides spike

latimes.com / 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 […]

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Members of Sinaloa Cartel Detained in Cocaine Distribution Operation in Ecuador

ecuavisa.com/Machine 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. […]

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Chihuahua, Mexico: Experts report security situation deteriorating

Mexican cartel shootout leaves 26 dead or wounded in latest violent clash Experts say that security has deteriorated in recent months as criminal groups squabble over the remains of the empire once controlled by kingpin El Chapo theguardian.com reported a battle between rival drug cartel factions in Mexico’s northern Chihuahua state left at least 26 […]

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FARC dissidents may be behind drug lab along Colombia,Ecuador border

insightcrime.org/Tristan Clavel Authorities in Colombia dismantled a cocaine processing laboratory in the department of Putumayo along the border with Ecuador, a further indication that dissident elements of the demobilizing FARC guerrilla group are maintaining operations in this traditional trafficking hub. INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK The head of Colombia’s anti-narcotic police, General […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Scopolamine attack against four men, women were assailants

Using the Date Rape Drug – Know in Ecuador as “dulces suenos” “sweet dreams” Assault using this modality is reported as rare in Cuenca cuencahighlife.com Four Cuenca men were taken to a local hospital Saturday morning after friends found two of them unconscious in their historic district apartment. Police say that the men had been […]

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Ecuador: Major Transportation Route for Cocaine to U.S., Europe

lahora.com.ec reported Ecuador is one of the starting points of the narcotic. The sea route is the most used. Seizures of cocaine in the sea exceeded 285 tons in 2016, due in part to the sharp increase in coca cultivation in Colombia, from which 90% of cocaine seized in the United States comes from. “We […]

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Survey Says: Mexico Second Deadliest Country in the World in 2016

Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016 By Elizabeth Roberts, CNN.com Mexico’s drug wars claimed 23,000 lives during 2016 — second only to Syria, where 50,000 people died as a result of the civil war. “This is all the more surprising, considering that the conflict deaths [in Mexico] are nearly all attributable to small arms,” […]

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United States Southern Command Strategy 2018, LATIN AMERICA

United States Southern Command Strategy 2018 INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK 3 Commander United States Southern Command December 2008 The United States Southern Command ( USSOUTHCOM) Command Strategy for 2018 provides the vision for how we hope to become a mor e interagency oriented organization seeking to work with U.S. and internat […]

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Ecuador’s equivalent to Pablo Escobar busted in Colombia

Pablo Escobar from Ecuador semana.com (machine translated) This is the incredible story of a man who went from being a boatman to becoming a megacapo who in two years exported 250 tons of drug and to which they have found him 20 million dollars in caletas. For several years now, the drug trade in Colombia […]

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Los Ríos Ecuador: Five Security Guards Presumed Drugged with Escopolamine

lahora.com.ec (machine translated) reported Near a hacienda in San Carlos parish (Los Ríos) agents of the National Police found a van with five people who would have been presumed to be drugged with escopolamine. According to the police, they were workers of a security company and were in a state of unconsciousness. They were taken […]

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Ecuador: Authorities Seize Cocaine Shipment Destined for Syria

Ecuadorian group to send cocaine to Syria eluniverso.com (machine translated) Unusual destinations for drug shipments have detected the police following several seizures of alkaloids in recent weeks. Interior Minister Diego Fuentes reported Friday through his Twitter account of the disarticulation of a narcodelictiva organization that tried to send drugs to Syria. “Disrupted organization of international […]

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Ecuador: Three from Australia Detained on Cocaine Smuggling Charges

skynews.com.au reported three Australians have been detained in Ecuador on suspicion of smuggling up to 10 kilograms of cocaine. The trio, two men and a woman from Melbourne, were arrested in late January in the city of Guayaquil, south-west of Quito. Fairfax Media reports they have been in custody ever since and insist the drugs […]

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Colombia: Six Ecuadorians detained with 1.5 tons cocaine, allegedly linked to dissidents from FARC

Six Ecuadorians detained in southern Colombia with 1.5 tons of cocaine eluniverso.com reported Colombian agents seized 1.5 tons of cocaine and arrested six Ecuadorians allegedly linked to dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT IS A […]

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Thailand: Woman from Ecuador behaving strangely, leads to 2.35 kg of cocaine disguised as beauty cream

Thai Authorities Seize Cocaine Disguised As Beauty Creams, With Links To Russian Mob By Mohd Haikal Mohd Isa BANGKOK, Feb 14 (Bernama) — A woman from Ecuador at the Suvarnabhumi Airport became suspicious of an Ecuadorian woman behaving strangely. Narcotics police would then seize 2.35 kg of cocaine that was disguised as beauty cream products. […]

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Ecuador: President to send reform banning use of drugs in public spaces

ambito.com reported Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced that he will send a reform to the National Assembly (Parliament) to ban drug use on public roads , and stressed that this impediment should have already been applied to municipalities, just as they do With alcohol intake. “Drug use is not a judicial problem ,” Correa said […]

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Mexico: Chapo’s children wounded in ambush, power struggle within Sinaloa Cartel

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK panampost.com/By: Elena Toledo Internal struggles within the Sinaloa Cartel have reached new heights, as the children of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán were wounded last Saturday during an ambush ordered by another leader within the organization. Dámaso López, one of the main operators of the Sinaloa Cartel, ordered […]

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El Salvador: Television personality accused of drug trafficking with Ecuador connection

Salvadoran speaker traffics drugs from Ecuador eluniverso.com/AP (machine translated) The Salvadoran Public Prosecutor’s Office yesterday accused Pamela Posada, a 26-year-old publicist and television presenter, of conspiring for international drug trafficking. Along with Posada, another 28 people identified as belonging to an international drug trafficking network linked to the Sinaloa Mexican cartel were arrested during an […]

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Cayambe, Ecuador: Man detained with 1,700 capsules of heroin

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 lahora.com.ec reported man detained for transporting 1,700 capsules of heroin, in Cayambe, Manolo J. was yesterday with an order of preventive custody for the alleged crime of drug trafficking. In a hearing of qualification of flagrancy, developed in the Judicial Criminal Unit of Cayambe, the prosecutor Jose Cevallos reported that last […]

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U.S. Border: Woman detained after trying to bring in boatload of pot

cbp.gov / U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested a 31-year-old Phoenix woman Tuesday for an alleged attempt to smuggle close to $180,000 worth of marijuana into the United States. INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to the presence of bundles […]

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Ecuador: Record of 110 tons of illegal drugs seized in 2016

andes.info.ec reported a total of 110.40 tons of drugs seized this year police which is the highest figure in the country’s history regarding drug seizure, the Ministry of the Interior. Of this figure, 96.06 tons were seized for international traffic and 14.34 tons for domestic traffic. According to estimates by the authorities the total of […]

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Guerrero Mexico: Wave of violence, severed heads, dismembered bodies

ap.org reported soldiers and police fanned out Friday across the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, chasing a wounded gang leader and trying to quell a wave of violence that included the discovery of hidden graves holding dozens of bodies and a camp where gunmen stored the severed heads of nine rivals in a cooler. The […]

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Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2017

FEDERALREGISTER.GOV reported Presidential Determination on Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2017 A Presidential Document by the Executive Office of the President on 09/20/2016 Memorandum for the Secretary of State Pursuant to section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby […]

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Peru: U.S. Tourist dies during ayahuasca ceremony

ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Miguel Neyra/Editor elcomercio.pe An American tourist died during a session of ayahuasca developed into a home in the town of Huaynapata province of Calca, in Cusco . The incident occurred last Saturday morning. In this residence, the National Police found Christina Melissa Jenkins, 41, lifeless, leaning against the […]

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Nogales, Arizona: Man detained walking across border with 3 pounds meth in tortillas

NOGALES, Ariz.(UPI.com reported) — U.S. Customs agents in Arizona arrested a man found to be concealing nearly 3 pounds of meth in packages of tortillas. Customs and Border Protection said officers at the Port of Nogales searched a 62-year-old man using the pedestrian crossing when a narcotics-sniffing canine indicated the presence of drugs Friday. Read […]

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Colombia: FARC and development of Narco-Submarines

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THE BOOK The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Development of Narco-Submarines Journal of Strategic Securit/AUTHOR- Michelle Jacome Jaramillo (START Center, University of Maryland) The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been one of the world’s most consistently formidable violent non-state actors over the last forty years. […]

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Mexico: Judge overseeing Chapo’s extradition case assassinated while jogging

ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK inhomelandsecurity.com reported…To some, the murder of a judge in Mexico may not come as a surprise. But this incident was shocking for several reasons. It’s true that many public officials, such as mayors, police officials, and lower court municipal judges have been killed by organized crime groups. However, […]

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Chinese Mexican Businessman extradited from U.S. to Mexico

ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THE BOOK bbc.com reported Chinese-born Mexican businessman Zhenli Ye Gon, accused of producing and trafficking illegal drugs, has arrived at a high security jail in Mexico. He lost a nine-year battle against extradition from the United States. Zhenli Ye Gon fled to the US in 2007 and was arrested there, […]

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Colombia: Cocaine lab taken down, producing 1,000 kilos per month

DO YOU RESEARCH CRIME, TERRORISM, MARCO-TRAFFICKING? THIS IS ONE OSINT TOOL YOU NEED? GET THE BOOK Dismantled laboratory that produced 1,000 kilos of cocaine per month Operating developed in Antioquia 15,000 grams of coca base seized crystallization process. caracol.com.co reported for information citizenship in Antioquia police he managed to dismantle a laboratory that processed per […]

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Ecuador: Two Foreginers detained transporting 15 kilos of pot in fire extinguishers

ALLEGED TRAFFICKERS ON INTER-PROVINCE BUS – Thought to be for local drug market consumption policiaecuador.gob.ec reported that two foreign nationals tried to evade police control of San Gerónimo carrying more than 15 kilos of marijuana. Tuesday morning, police servants Mobile Drug Enforcement Panel GEMA, detected the illegal substance when they registered a passenger bus. Subjects […]

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Ecuador: low-threat option for cocaine traffickers

cocaine trafficking, transnational organizations, cartels, maritime trafficking, Andean cocaine, U.S.-Ecuadorian relations, illicit drug supply chain, microtrafficking Calhoun: The NPS Institutional Archive Theses and Dissertations Thesis and Dissertation Collection 2016-03 Ecuador: a low-threat environment for drug trafficking Gherardy, Juan G. Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoo Abstract Ecuador’s role in the cocaine trade has historically differed from […]

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Mexico: Authorities discover unfinished tunnel going into Arizona

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK dossierpolitico.com reported México.- Federal Police agents discovered a tunnel in Sonora just over 31 meters in length crossing the border into Arizona, United States, the National Security (CNS) reported. The agency stressed that the action was achieved as part of the strategy of cooperation in crime prevention, in […]

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DEAD: Tourist dies in Cusco Peru, participating in Ayahuasca ritual

peru21.pe reported the owner of the premises, located in the district of Pisac, was arrested and is under investigation for the crime of manslaughter after Ernets Villaroman from the Phillipines, 33, is the Filipino tourist who died in a locale where ayahuasca sessions practiced in the sector Taray district of Pisac, in Cuzco. As reported […]

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Mexico: Commission finds police executed 22 in Michoacan

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK bbc.com reported Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission said 22 people were executed by federal police during a confrontation on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan last year. The commission had investigated the clash, which took place at a ranch in the town of Tanhuato in May […]

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Costa Rica: Panamanians sentenced for stealing cocaine, disguised as U.S. DEA agents

prensa.com reported Costa Rican courts sentenced three Panamanians who disguised themselves as Americans to steal cocaine in the border area drug agents, he said on Monday, May 9, the Office of Costa Rica. According to a statement from the Public Ministry, Panamanians wore jackets, caps and balaclava with false badges Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA, for […]

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Ecuador and Drug Trafficking (2014 Report)

2014 thecija.org report on drug trafficking in Ecuador Key Points + In the five years since the United States withdrew its Forward Operating Location (FOL) from the Eloy Alfaro Air Base in Manta in 2009, there have been dramatic changes in the level of drug trafficking and counternarcotics efforts in Ecuador, and how the U.S.-led […]

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Colombia: Authorities seize 8 tons of cocaine on banana plantation

dailymail.co.uk reported: Colombian authorities say they’ve made the biggest cocaine seizure in the history of a country long plagued by traffic in the drug. The National Police agency said Sunday that 50 commandos backed by helicopters seized about 8 tons of cocaine on a banana plantation in the northwestern department of Antioquia. It said the […]

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Colombia: Police locate two narco-submarines

telegraph.co.uk reported Colombian police have in the past 48 hours found two home-made submarines in their waters, used by drug traffickers to move cocaine up to the United States. On Friday they announced the discovery of a 45-foot semi-submersible craft off the coast of Candelilla de la Mar, in the far south, close to the […]

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Panama closes border with Colombia in attempt to stop drug trafficking in region

(CNN Spanish)cnnespaonol.cnn.com reported – Speaking to the media, the president of Panama Juan Carlos Varela said that as part of Operation Shield in the framework of the fight against drug trafficking would close the border with Colombia. Varela said that increased drug production in neighboring countries was a threat against Panama and added that although […]

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Ecuador: Authorities seize 230 kilos of cocaine, belonged to Sinaloa cartel

wradio.com.co reported Colombian police, together with the Ecuadorian authorities seized 230 kilos of cocaine in the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador, in an operation that left two Ecuadoreans and Colombian captured. Dijin said: “The operation, coordinated from Bogota, allowed the National Police of Ecuador capture three people when a vehicle carrying 230 kilograms of cocaine.” […]

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U.S. State Department reports Ecuador “major transit country” for drug trafficking

ECUADOR REJECTS FINDINGS Insightcrime.org/Lucia Bird reported Ecuadorian authorities have lashed out against the recently published US State Department’s drug report, suggesting its findings were politically motivated and baseless. The State Department’s 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report — which is part of annual compendium of drug trafficking trends around the world — noted the continuing […]

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Ecuador plays important role in illegal maritime drug trade says analysis

Lucia Bird/insightcrime.org reported an estimated 300 Ecuadorian fishermen have been arrested on drug trafficking charges by foreign authorities in the last three years, highlighting the country’s role as a regional hub for maritime trafficking. The Northern Operations Command of Ecuador’s Armed Forces estimate that at least 300 local fishermen are currently in custody in the […]

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Peru: Canadian tourist who killed friend after using Ayahuasca, had no choice

Canadian who killed Briton at Peru retreat says it was ‘kill or die’ Theguardian.com reported that Joshua Stevens claims he had to stab Unais Gomes when Briton turned violent on double dose of hallucinogen ayahuasca. A Canadian man has told reporters he stabbed and killed a British friend in self-defense at a spiritual retreat in […]

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Mexico: Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured

(CNN)Drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday via Twitter. “Mission Accomplished,” the President wrote. “We have him.” Read Article

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El Salvador: 2015 most violent on record in reported murders

Violent deaths in El Salvador spiked 70% in 2015, figures reveal theguardian.com reported at least 6,657 people were violently killed in the Central American country, making last year the most violent since the height of 1983 civil war. El Salvador saw a 70% spike in violent deaths in 2015, making last year the bloodiest since […]

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Report on the players behind Mexico’s drug violence

bbc.com reported (2014)Tens of thousands of people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico over the past seven years. Most of the violence is attributed to fighting between rival drug gangs for control of territory and drug shipment routes. Who are these groups and who are they fighting against? Who are the main players? […]

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Surge of Drugs from Mexico into U.S. across border

krgv.com reported one of Brownsville’s southmost property owners said he is fed up with all the drugs crossing on his land. Rusty Monsees said he is seeing an increase in activity from the river. He’s also getting more phone calls about the activity. Monsees has become the liaison between authorities and his neighbors. “The amount […]

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Bogota Colombia: Police detain members of gang using children age 2-10 distributing cocaine

This criminal organization was led by alias ‘German’, who also was engaged to collect extortion and arms trafficking in the localities of Kennedy, Tunjuelito, South San Cristobal, Puente Aranda and Bosa. The Head of the Narcotics Group Dijin greater Villarte Marcel Ricardo said that this action was seized drugs which were marketed by children and […]

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U.S. Border Patrol Agent detained transporting 110 lbs of cocaine in rental vehicle

copblock.org reported a criminal complaint filed in federal court shows Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers stopped agent Juan Pimentel, 47, on Nov. 18 near Marana, just north of Tucson. The complaint says Pimentel was driving a rental car and identified himself as a Border Patrol agent when he was pulled over. He consented to […]

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Colombia: So far in 2015, 138 drug mules detained trying to board international flights

presstv.ir reported police in Colombia have detained a family of four that were together carrying in their stomachs over three kilograms of cocaine and heroin worth up to USD 100,000. In a statement released on Monday, police said the suspects had been arrested the previous day at the Cucuta airport, near the border with Venezuela, […]

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Mochileros: Backpacking Cocaine Drug Traffickers of Peru

Vraem Region of Peru – the underworld of Mochileros – backpacking drug traffickers bbc.com/Linda Pressly reported a remote valley east of the Peruvian highlands is the perfect place for growing coca. Peru now produces more cocaine than any other country, and this is where more than half of it originates. But there is no easy […]

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Mouse Used In Brazil Prison to Deliver Drugs (Video)

telegraph.co.uk reported.. As prison guards in one of Brazil’s notoriously overcrowded and chaotic jails, the officers in Barra da Grota prison probably thought they had seen it all. But last week they saw something that shocked even their hardened heads: a mouse, they noticed, was being used by inmates to courier drugs. The animal was […]

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Chapo Guzman: Police receive tip drug lord may be in southern Argentina

police have been tipped off that he could be in southern Argentina, according to an Argentine newspaper in Patagonia, El Cordillerano. The paper reported that local people said Chapo had been seen in a sweet shop – a remarkable claim, given his notoriety. The authorities are said to be looking for two cars and a […]

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Colomia leads Peru, Bolivia in cocaine production

telegraph.co.uk/Harriet Alexander reported Colombia overtakes Peru to be the world’s largest producer of cocaine President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia has appealed to America for help in eradicating coca crops after Colombia returned to the top of the world-producing table . Colombia has overtaken Peru to be the world’s largest producer of cocaine, according to […]

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U.N. declares ecuador free of illegal crop cultivation

QUITO, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) — An official with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Thursday declared that Ecuador is free of illegal cultivation, with no evidence that coca, poppy or marijuana plants being sowed in the country last year. READ ARTICLE

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Venezuela: Narcostate

aei.org/ Venezuela is a narcostate, controlled by senior political leaders and security officials who have used state resources and state-owned companies in the cocaine trade. For example, US authorities have gathered documents and eyewitness testimonies implicating officers of the state-run oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), in engaging in transactions and money laundering on […]

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Ecuador poised to approve legalization of marijuana, cocaine, heroin

pravda.ru reported Ecuador is expected to become the second country in the world and the first in the Western hemisphere to legalize all drugs. With new legislation to be approved, Ecuador is said to legalize drugs from marijuana to cocaine. Even heroine is expected to become legal in the country.Read Article THINKING OF MOVING TO […]

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Fires, Gunfire erupt in Jalisco Mexico

Mexico (AP) — At least seven people died as flames and gunfire erupted around the western Mexico state of Jalisco on Friday when a military operation targeting a violent drug cartel was launched at the start of a three-day holiday weekend. Suspected cartel members stopped buses and trucks to block key highways in the state […]

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U.S. Citizen sentenced to ten years in Ecuador for cocaine drug charges

themoreheadnews.com / Shayla Menville reported after several delayed hearings, an Ecuadorian court has sentenced Dennis Walling of Morehead to 10 years in prison for possession of cocaine. His story began when he flew to Ecuador last year for what he said was a job interview. He was arrested April 21 at the airport as he […]

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Galapagos Islands: 9 detained with two tons cocaine, en route to Mexico

Connection with Sinaloa Cartel: The Office of Ecuador reported yesterday that two tons of cocaine found in a fishing sailing near the Galapagos Islands and had sailed a week of Manta port area in the west of the mainland of the country makes. The drug allegedly was bound for Mexico, informed the prosecution in his […]

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Drug Trafficking in Belize, pernicious problem

By Erica Illingworth Currently, Belize is struggling with an onslaught of drug trafficking, a common theme experienced by many Latin American countries, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. You can now add Belize to the list that is now caught up in the “War on Drugs.” Geographically, Belize shares a northern border with […]

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Venezuela: Nightmare for Routine Charter Flight Pilot and Crew

spiegel.de reported —- it started as a routine charter flight. But when the business jet landed in Venezuela, armed men loaded 47 sacks of cocaine on board and forced the crew to fly the cargo back across the Atlantic. Since then, the German pilot has been living under an assumed identity. There aren’t too many […]

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Ecuador to have eleven rehabilitation centers for addressing drug, alcohol abuse

americaeconomia.com reported Ecuador will have until 2015 with eleven rehabilitation centers for drug and alcohol users, the president, Rafael Correa said. “We are doing a comprehensive policy to combat drug use. By 2015 we will have eleven specialized centers of which two are for Quito to Guayaquil and two, which reach to have 600 beds, […]

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Aragoto Peru: Major Drug Trafficking Route to Ecuador and beyond

elcomercio.pe reported…Mention Aragoto in the province of Ayabaca (Piura) is like saying a forbidden name. Researchers eye perch upon which mentions it, through it’s entire body. People are put on guard. It is not common that unknown persons mentioned, loose bones, the name of a town that seems forbidden. One confused it with undercover COP […]

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Guadalupe Mexico: Many residents have fled across border to U.S., flee drug war

nytimes.com reported…But shades of the yearslong drug war that gripped this gritty part of Chihuahua State known as the Valley of Juárez remained intact. Abandoned buildings where broken windows reflected graffiti were common, and unmaintained streets and empty shops sat near the town square. The emptying of Guadalupe comes at a time when officials in […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Spanish Drug Trafficker wanted on INTERPOL RED NOTICE Detained

latinao.foxnews.com reported a Spaniard wanted by authorities in his home country in connection with a shipment of 7,680 kilos of hashish found on his yacht in 2008 was arrested in Guayaquil, a city in southwestern Ecuador, Ecuadorian officials said. The suspect, identified only as Antonio Manuel C.G., was captured in Guayaquil by agents from the […]

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Nuevo Leon Mexico security model reduces crime

latino.foxnews.com/EE reported Nuevo Leon, once considered one of the most dangerous and violent states in Mexico, has reduced its crime rate by using a security model that supporters contend can be implemented across the country. The northern state’s security model has focused on coordinating the actions of the security forces, increasing the level of professionalism […]

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Argentina: major market and transit point in the world drug trade

The Southbound Assault on Argentina by Organized Crime By Jerry Brewer/mexidata.info reported Much like Mexico in 2005, transnational organized criminals have stealthily and increasingly encroached into the Argentine homeland, engaging in violent battles for control of lucrative criminal turf and illicit contraband supply chains. As superior weaponry and espionage-like tradecraft emerged in a shootout in […]

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Uruguay enlisting regristration of marijuana clubs

bbc.com reported Uruguay has started registering cannabis growers’ clubs as part of the government’s plan to legalise the drug. Licensed clubs of up to 45 members will be allowed to grow a maximum of 99 plants each year. In August, growing up to six plants of cannabis at home became legal. Read Article

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Mexico: Knights Templar leader will fight to the death

theguardian.com reported Mexican cartel boss vows to fight to the death instead of surrendering Net may be closing on Knights Templar leader Servando Gómez, alias La Tuta, as he releases rambling online video message. The fugitive leader of one of Mexico’s most violent and bizarre drug cartels has said that he regrets choosing a life […]

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Ecuador: 87 % of drugs seized destined for foreign markets

elcomercio.com reported Ecuador is considered according to the American Police Community (Ameripol) in a report entitled Situational Analysis of Drug Trafficking – a crossing of drugs and identifies Guayaquil (Guayas), Manta (Manabi) and Puerto Bolívar (El Oro) as vulnerable international drug trafficking. The narcotics agents require that the most common way to transport narcotics is […]

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Mexico: Children being murdered, mutilated, recruited by gangs in drug war

thetimes.co.uk reported children are being murdered, mutilated and recruited by gangs in Mexico’s brutal drug war in sharply escalating numbers, with at least 2,000 killed in the past eight years. Infants have been murdered in their car seats, shot in the head and dumped in fields or even killed in the arm…….READ ARTICLE/SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED

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Members of money laundering scheme in Spain detained, working for Mexican cartels

plazadearmas.com.mx reported The national police of Spain arrested nine members of an “office” of Mexican drug money laundering, who seized 385,000 euros in cash and nine vehicles. While California reported an investigation by customs agents from the United States that led to identify to a Mexican company of snacks that served as a facade to […]

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Uruguay: Gang of drug traffickers detained with thousands of dollars, weapons, drugs

elpais.com.uy reported police captured a gang of drug traffickers with thousands of dollars and weapons Police seized $84.203, cocaine, base paste, cars, a pistol, a rifle, a shotgun, a professional bow after a major raid carried out on a farm in Canelón Chico. Five detained. After several months of surveillance and investigation procedures, the Montevideo […]

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Ecuador: 14 detained in major drug smuggling network

laht.com reported Ecuadorian police have arrested 14 people allegedly belonging to the country’s most dangerous drug-trafficking network which smuggled narcotics to Guatemala and Panama for transport to Mexico and the United States, officials said. In a statement on Monday the Interior Ministry said the sweep, codenamed “Pacifico” involved 22 simultaneous search operations early Monday in […]

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Ecuador, under new drug laws, releasing thousands of drug mules

Ecuador is freeing thousands of drug mules Globalpost.com reported President Rafael Correa has said his country’s harsh old drug laws were ‘imposed by the gringos.’ Now officials see small time smugglers as victims of cartels rather than as hardened criminals.In Latin America’s latest challenge to Washington’s “war on drugs,” Ecuador has quietly begun releasing thousands […]

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Police detained in Peru for involvement in drug trafficking ring with Bolivia

telesurtv.net reported the officers were arrested after officials exposed them for orchestrating a drug trafficking network between Peru and Bolivia. A band of Peruvian police officers involved in drug trafficking with ties to Bolivia was disjointed in Puno, announced the Minister of Interior, Daniel Urresti. The network was headed by commander Carlos Herrera and was […]

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Cartagena Colombia: Logistics Hub for narcotics transportation to Central America broken up

xn-elislo-9za.com reported in a joint operation between units of the Navy, the Colombian Air Force and coordinated with CTI OTP, developed in the area of Arroyo de Piedra, located 13 kilometers north of Cartagena, was found a logistics hub for traffic of drugs to Central America. This important result because investigations conducted for several months […]

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MEXICO: HECTOR BELTRAN LEYVA CAPTURED

bbc.com reported Mexican authorities say they have captured the head of a drug crime syndicate, Hector Beltran Leyva. They say DNA testing is being done to confirm his identity. This is the latest in a string of high-profile drug arrests in the country and if confirmed will be seen as a victory for…Read Article

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Mexico: Nephew of deceased Sinaloa Drug Cartel Leader, Released from Prison

foxnews.com reported a Mexican court has ordered the release of the nephew of deceased Sinaloa drug cartel leader Ignacio Coronel. Officials earlier portrayed him as Coronel’s successor as boss. The Federal Judiciary Council said late Wednesday the court had acquitted the nephew and four other co-defendants because of procedural violations in the case. Martin Beltran […]

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Sinaloa Federation Cartel establishing networks in Australia

heraldsun.com reported members of a deadly Mexican drug cartel — responsible for kidnappings, beheadings and thousands of murders — have set up shop in Australia. Drug criminals from Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel, the Sinaloa Federation, are basing themselves in eastern states to distribute hundreds of kilograms of drugs, including ice, heroin and cocaine. Federal […]

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Yasuni National Park Ecuador: Coca Plants found and clandestine lab discovered

ecuavisa.com reported the army discovered plants coca and a clandestine base of processing of drug in the Yasuni National Park. The finding was in Orellana province, canton Aguarico sector Nuevo Rocafuerte, where most of the 980 thousand hectares comprising the Yasuni National Park, is one of the most important ecological reserves of the planet. According […]

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Bi-National Committe states Colombia can fumigate coca crops closer to Ecuador’s border

colombiareports.com reported a bi-national committee has concluded that Colombia can fumigate coca crops closer to Ecuador’s border, Colombian newspaper El Tiempo reported on Friday. The technical committee, composed of both Colombian and Ecuadorian government officials, said that the current 10-kilometer buffer zone in place since 2005 can be reduced by half to 5 kilometers. The […]

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Mexico: Authorities uncover first evidence of Coca Cultivation , 1,639 plants seized in Chiapas, first time authorities aware of cultivation

nerope.eu/ AP reported the seizure of 1,639 coca plants in southern Mexico marks the first known instance of the raw ingredient for cocaine being cultivated in the country, Mexican and U.N. officials said Wednesday. Mexico is home to various drug cartels that traffic large quantities of cocaine toward the United States, but coca itself is […]

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Mexico: Murder rate declining in war on drugs

dw.de reported a new policy in the war on drugs appears to be having the desired effect in Mexico. The murder rate is dropping, but despite a return to pre-2010 levels it’s still too early to declare victory over the drug cartels. “Narcomensajes”: the messages that Mexican drug cartels leave for their adversaries. These drug […]

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Argentina: Designer Psychedelic Drug being trafficked called “Pandora”

infobae.com reported chemical variation is one of the strategies that turn the narcos who sold designer drugs to achieve new products that are not even contemplated by the act as a prohibited substance for its novelty. Such is the case of the 25I-NBOMe, known as “Pandora” or “Bomb”, which was not registered still as prohibited […]

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Spain: Woman on flight from Bogota found with 1.7 kilos of cocaine hidden in breast implants

According to latinonewsonline.com a female passenger on a flight from Bogota, Colombia was detained at the Madrid Spain airport for possession of 1.7 kilos of cocaine on August 29, 2014. The passenger age, 43 a Venezuelan national acted in a suspicious matter to agents and her luggage was screened and deemed not to contain contraband. […]

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Peru: Detained Serbians connected to drug trafficking organization

elcomerco.pe reported this newspaper revealed last Sunday that 95% of the narcovuelos coming out of the country are directed to Bolivia, where, in addition, two Peruvian families would be on road to become the drug cartels. The police does not rule out that Radojicic and Uros have connection with the case of the Serbian Frederik […]

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Sinaloa Cartel Using Two Ports In Peru for major shipments of cocaine hidden in coal shipments

Paita y Callao Major Shipment Points for Sinaloa Cartel / Cocaine hidden in Coal Shipments larepublica.pe reported phone-tapping to the facade Carboniferas Alpha & Omega and Andean Betas of the Peru business owners facilitated the identification and location of two Mexicans identified as alleged representatives of the Sinaloa cartel’s installed in Trujillo, who oversaw the […]

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Study of three drug transit routes in Costa Rica

Rodolfo Calderón Umaña reported Central America’s emergence as a principal transit route for illicit drugs from South America to the U.S. has given rise to local retail markets supplying users within the region. A study of three Costa Rican communities – one in greater San José and two along the Caribbean coast – highlights several […]

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Sinaloa Cartel’s representative in Ecuador detained in Bogota Colombia

ecuavisa.com reported Oscar Antonio Berrocal Sandi, alleged Sinaloa cartel representative in Ecuador, was arrested at Bogota’s El Dorado airport when he tried to enter the country from Quito, Colombia Migration reported today. Known by the alias “Charlie”, “the chef”, “the farmer” or “Rolex” Berrocal was in the spotlight of the American authorities for the crime […]

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Peru: Authorities with U.S. assistance seize three tons of cocaine hidden in coal shipment

bbc.co.uk reported Police in Peru say they have seized at least 3.3 tonnes of cocaine hidden in a shipment of coal bound for Europe. Officers discovered the stash in a house near the town of Huanchaco after a six-week surveillance operation with the help of the US Drug Enforcement Administration. They arrested two Mexican and […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Two foreigners detained at airport with 2,000 kilos of cocaine

Two foreign were arrested with drug eluniverso.com reported two Serbian citizens heading to Holland were arrested at the airport in Guayaquil, once detected a suitcase with 2,270 kilos of cocaine. Read Article

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Honduras: Authorities seize 52 properties belonging to drug trafficking group

hondurasweekly.com reported authorities in Honduras have seized 52 properties belonging to one of the country’s premier drug trafficking groups — the Valle family — in a move that could represent the beginning of a larger assault on the powerful clan. On August 18, authorities seized properties belonging to siblings Luis Alfonso, Miguel Arnulfo, Digna and […]

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Ollague Chile: Two Bolivians detained transporting cocaine on inter-provincial bus

biobiochile.cl reported in an unusual event, in step border Ollague, in the Antofagasta Region, staff of the national customs service surprised two young Bolivians transporting drug in ovoid in their stomachs and their clothes. Subjects were travelling in an inter-provincial bus and were selected among the passengers for a more thorough review by officials of […]

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