Sao Paulo, Brazil: Peruvians Detained at Airport for Theft Charges

On September 16, 2013 Globo reported that three Peruvians were detained at the International Airport of Guarulhos, Campinas in Sao Paulo after attempting to steal a laptop and other electronic devices. Police report the gang specializes in stealing hand luggage at airports. The arrest was a joint mission between the military and civil police. Read Article

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Brazilian Couple Detained in Spain for International Drug Trafficking Charges

On August 22, 2013, Terra reported that a Brazilian couple was detained in Ibiza, Spain for international drug trafficking. The couple, who acted as “mules”, was part of a gang that transports cocaine and ecstasy from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and to Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Interpol with the help of the […]

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Brazilian Companion of Glenn Greenwald Detained at London Airport

Globo reported on August 19, 2013 that Brazilian man David Miranda was arrested on anti-terrorist laws on Sunday (18) by Scotland Yard officers at the Hearthrow Airport in London after being interrogated by officials for 9 hours. Miranda was attempting to return back to Rio de Janeiro as he is the companion of Glenn Greenwald; […]

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Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Passenger Uses Windsurf Board to Transport Cocaine

Terra reported on August 10, 2013 that the Federal Police seized 14.7 kilograms of cocaine hidden within a windsurfing board at the Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre. Police as well confiscated 2,000 euros. The drug was destined to Barcelona, Spain. Police suspected suspicion from the 26-year-old man due to his behavior, the presence […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Foreign Passengers Detained at Airport for Smuggling Cocaine

Terra reported on July 20, 2013 that the Federal Police detained two passengers at the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, for attempting to transport drugs to Europe and Africa. A Dutch passenger was arrested for smuggling 2 pounds of cocaine destined to Lisbon, Portugal and eventually Amsterdam. The other man, a Russian […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Man at Airport Smuggles Cocaine Capsules in Intestines

On July 7, 2013 Globo reported that a man was detained at the Tom Jobin International Airport in Rio de Janeiro for trying to smuggle 28 capsules of cocaine in his intestines. The suspect denied carrying cocaine until a CT scan confirmed the capsules. The police confiscated in total 265 grams of cocaine. The flight […]

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Porto Alegre, Brazil: Spanish Native Detained at Airport for Smuggling Cocaine

zerohora.clicrbs.com.br reported on July 8, 2013 that a Spanish native was arrested at the Salgado Filho airport in Port Alegre, accused of smuggling 3.6 kilograms of cocaine to Porto, Portugal. Agents of the Center for Air Policing detained the individual due to his reaction of being questioned. Police are still uncertain the origin of the […]

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Spanish drug mule arrested in Dominican Republic with cocaine

Spanish citizen Amparo Nieto Saenz de Santamaria was arrested in the Puna Cana airport in the Dominican Republic for attempting to traffick drugs to Spain. She had hidden the drugs in a disposable diaper she was wearing and underneath black tights. The total weight of the drugs was one kilo, 40 grams, Noticias Mundo Vision […]

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Man from the Netherlands caught in Argentina with nearly 30,000 ecstasy pills

29,802 ecstasy pills were seized in the airport of Ezeiza in luggage belonging to a citizen of the Netherlands. He had arrived in Ezeiza several days earlier without his luggage. Once it arrived and he returned to the airport to pick it up, officials realized it was stuffed with drugs. According to Los Andes, the […]

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Austria detains Mexican narco-trafficker wanted by U.S. DEA

Austrian officials detained a 43-year-old Mexican citizen, supposedly a member of a drug trafficking organization, that was wanted by the U.S. DEA. After receiving information that the suspect was in Austria, he was finally arrested in the Vienna airport, Excelsior reports. He was wanted for transporting large amounts of cocaine from South America to Central […]

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Drugs from Brazil found in airport in Madrid, Spain

Officials in Madrid, Spain arrested two individuals who attempted to bring 16 kilograms of cocaine into the country. They had arrived in the airport on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Europa Press reports. Both suspects were of Brazilian nationality. They had hidden the cocaine in two cardboard boxes in their luggage. They intended to […]

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Seven Guatemalans and five Ecuadorians arrested after cocaine found on jet

Seven Guatemalans and five Ecuadorians were arrested after officials discovered 405 kilos of cocaine inside a private jet. The five Ecuadorians were crew members on the plane, Siglo 21 reports. The other suspects claimed to be unemployed, and that they had travelled to Ecuador for work training. The suspects and the drugs were found inside […]

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Wooden statuettes stuffed with cocaine to be sent from Chile to United States

Small wooden figurines stuffed with cocaine were confiscated by Chilean officials in Santiago before they were sent to the United States through private mail. They were concealing about 1 kilogram of cocaine, Municipios al Dia reports. The statuettes, wooden horses, were also packed with carbon paper, which helped conceal the drugs from X-rays. The drugs […]

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Spaniard arrested in Venezuelan airport with 1.277 grams of liquid cocaine

Santiago Martín Monforte (33) was arrested after attempting to fly to Portugal from Venezuela with 56 capsules of liquid cocaine. The drugs weighed a total of 1.277 grams, according to an El Carabobeno report. The suspect was found in the Caracas airport after displaying nervous behavior. He admitted he was carrying drugs in his stomach. […]

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Guatemalan attempts to fly to from Colombia with heroin in stomach

Lesther Alexander Choxon Cifuentes (28) was captured in the Cartagena airport in Colombia as he attempted to leave the country with 600 grams of heroin in his stomach. A Guatemalan citizen, he was preparing to board a plane en route to Guatemala with a stop in Panama, El Universal reports. He was arrested after authorities […]

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Suspicious Venezuelan plane grounded in the Canary Islands

Officials stopped a plane in Gran Canaria that had travelled from Venezuela to the Canary Islands after Interpol alerted the aircraft might have been carrying drugs. The private jet was believed to have been transporting drugs disguised as humanitarian aid, according to El Nacional. Three people had been travelling in the plane. Dozens of packages […]

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Drugs from Arizona make their way to airport in Puerto Rico

Anti-narcotics officials in the Luis Muñoz Marín airport in Carolina, Puerto Rico discovered two pounds of marijuana. The discovery was made in a private corridor in the airport, according to a Vocero report. The drugs were wrapped in plastic and are believed to have come from the state of Arizona. The intended destination of the […]

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Dominican Republic: Two suspects abandon cocaine in SUV during chase

Two suspects carrying two kilos of cocaine in a SUV managed to flee authorities during a highway operation. The two were travelling near the Gregorio Luperón International Airport, close to Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. After realizing they were being pursued by drug enforcement officials, the vehicle, a Lexus SUV, began to speed. Officials […]

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Two drug shipments confiscated in Venezuela airport; One Spaniard, one Venezuelan arrested

A Spaniard and a Venezuelan were arrested after officials in the Maiquetía airport seized two drug shipments. The first occurred when the Spaniard was caught with 12.5 kilos of cocaine taped to his body. He attempted to board a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt, Germany, Correo del Orinoco reports. The 41-year-old Venezuelan citizen attempted to board […]

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One Greek, two Romanians, one Russian found trafficking drugs from Peru

A Greek, two Romanians, and one Russian were arrested at the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, Peru. They were attempting to fly with 7.3 kilos of cocaine to Spain, according to El Tiempo. The Greek, identified as Constantinus K.M. (44) carried two kilos of drugs impregnated in clothing that was hidden in a backpack. The […]

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Drug mule caught in Guatemalan airport transporting cocaine; Flew from Colombia

Luis Antonio Rios Perez (27) was detained in the Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala after flying from Barranquilla, Colombia with liquid cocaine. He had swallowed 46 capsules of the drug to evade detection, the Government of Guatemala website reports. However, after passing through security controls after arriving in Guatemala, officials noted his nervous […]

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Drugs headed to Nigeria stopped in Argentina airport; Hidden in dredging machine

Half a ton of cocaine intended to be shipped to Nigeria was discovered and confiscated at the Buenos Aires airport in Argentina. The customs staff, with the help of drug-sniffing dogs, found the cocaine during an inspection. The drugs were concealed in a dredging machine, Periodismo Vivo reports. The total weight of the shipment was […]

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Leader of Los Urabeños gang flew to Honduras on stolen Colombian plane

Alexánder Montoya Úsuga, believed to be the second-in-command of the Los Urabeños gang, was arrested on July 17, 2012 in Honduras. He was wanted for flying on an aircraft previously stolen from the El Dorado airport in Colombia, UPI Español reports. He is also believed to have been responsible for ordering and renting airplanes used […]

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Drug mule intercepted in Panama airport; Arrived from Europe with hashish in stomach

Anti-narcotics police in the Tocumen International Airport in Panama arrested a 31-year-old Panamanian man after arriving on a flight from Europe with hashish in his stomach. He was travelling in the company of a 55-year-old Italian woman, Hora Cero reports. X-rays revealed several tablets in his stomach, which after expulsion, totaled to 23. The drugs […]

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Psychologist arrested at Colombian airport with 250 grams of cocaine; Headed to Aruba

Psychologist Yamal Antar Zawady Ospino (36) was caught in the Riohacha airport in Colombia attempting to fly to Aruba with 250 grams of cocaine. According to El Heraldo, the drugs were hidden inside latex gloves and balloons. The suspect claimed he had been commissioned by a woman identified as Dayana Buelvas to transport cosmetic materials. […]

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Two Brazilian women caught attempting to traffick drugs from Argentina to Europe

Two women were arrested in the Ezeiza airport in Buenos Aires after attempting to traffick cocaine into Europe. They had hidden over 4 kilos of cocaine in their luggage, a wig, and in the genitals of one suspect. According to Terra Noticias, the two were prepared to board a French airliner before being arrested. They […]

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Romanian arrested in Venezuela; Attempted to traffick drugs to France

A 52-year-old Romanian man was arrested by the Bolivarian National Guard in the Maiquetia International Airport in Venezuela after attempting to fly to Paris, France with cocaine. He had planned to then connect to Frankfurt, Germany. He was carrying the drugs in a brown suitcase with a false bottom, Noticias 24 reports. The total weight […]

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Clandestine airstrip discovered in Venezuela; Connected to plane captured in airport

The Bolivariana National Guard discovered and dismantled a clandestine airstrip in the Apure state of Venezuela. The airstrip is believed to be the take-off location of a plane stopped and captured at the Punto Fijo airport on July 6, 2012. The illegal airstrip was 1.4 kilometers long and was located near the Juriepe river. 220 […]

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Belgian and Dominican arrested; Attempted to transport drugs to France and Spain

A Belgian citizen was arrested before boarding a plane to Paris, France with five kilos of cocaine hidden in a suitcase. Another individual, from the Dominican Republic, was also arrested before attempting to fly to Madrid, Spain, with capsules of cocaine in the stomach. Both suspects were flying from the Las Americas airport in Santo […]

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Peru: Drug busts in Cusco and Ayachucho; Citizen of Thailand arrested in airport

Miss Rojjana Thonglor (34) of Thailand was arrested in the Cusco airport in Peru after officials discovered she was attempting to fly to Lima via Sao Paulo with drugs. Officials first spotted her displaying suspicious behavior as she was shopping on the first floor of the airport. Upon searching her suitcase, cereal bags containing 5.21 […]

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Drug mules caught in Dominican Republic airport; tried to fly to Spain

Two drug mules were arrested in the Santo Domingo airport after attempting to board flights 6500 and UX088 operated by Air Europa and Iberia. According to El Caribe, both women were carrying cocaine. Carina María Ogando Tavarez (19) was carrying 87 bags of cocaine inside a brown suitcase. The drugs were detected after passing through […]

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Drug mule recruiter arrested in Paraguay; sent mules to Spain with cocaine

Marcela Gabina Franco Bogado (43), was arrested outside her home in the Santa Ana district of Asuncion, Paraguay. She is accused of recruiting youths to traffick drugs, particularly cocaine, to Europe in their stomachs and genitals, according to a Color ABC report. A mule captured in the capital’s airport in September 2011 with capsules of […]

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Mexico City airport scandal: Federal agents trafficked drugs to the U.S. and Spain

After three federal police officers were shot by two other officers in the Mexico City airport on June 25, 2012, officials have been investigating an international drug trafficking network operating within the airport. According to Milenio, drug shipments from Colombia, Peru, and Guatemala were permitted through the airport. Corrupt federal agents would encourage customs agents […]

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Cuba seizes nearly 1.5 tons of drugs in first five months of 2012

Cuba has seized 1.44 tons of drugs during the first months of 2012, primarily along its coasts, El Nuevo Herald reports. Most of the drugs are marijuana packets that enter along coastal points, where Caribbean traffickers can easily avoid controls and checkpoints. Between January and May 2012, officials were able to intercept 24 drug operations, […]

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Peru: Man forced to traffick drugs after girlfriend is kidnapped by Colombians

Borja Alvaro Fernandez, a Spanish citizen, was arrested in the international airport in Lima, Peru, after officials found him with 3 kilos of drugs. The suspect claimed he was being extorted by two Colombian drug traffickers, who forced him to work as a mule in exchange for freeing his girlfriend, who had been kidnapped. They […]

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Drug mule caught in Venezuela trying to fly to Rome, Italy with cocaine

A 24-year-old man from the Merida state of Venezuela was caught in the Simón Bolívar International Airport as he attempted to fly to Rome, Italy with 70 sacs of cocaine in his stomach. The total weight of the drugs was 1 kilo, El Tiempo reports. The flight was operated by the Alitalia airline. The plane […]

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Dominican Republic: Venezuelan attempts to fly to France with drugs

A Venezuelan citizen was arrested in the Santo Domingo international airport after security officials discovered 17 kilos of cocaine in his suitcase. According to El Tiempo, the cocaine had been stored in 16 various packages. The suspect taken into custody was reported to be Jeampiero Alexander Moreno Clavijo, 32. He was attempting to travel with […]

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Nigerian attempting to fly cocaine to Portugal interrupted in Venezuela

A Nigerian citizen was stopped at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía after attempting to board a plane bound for Lisbon, Portugal, with a stop in Accra, Ghana. The suspect had been carrying a brown leather suitcase with 5 compartments, in which the cocaine was concealed. According to El Tiempo, he was carrying a […]

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Drug mule caught in Dominican Republic; flying to Spain with cocaine in stomach

Anyello Tavarez Basora (21) was impeded in the Santo Domingo airport as he attempted to board a plane to Spain with 38 small bags of cocaine in his stomach. He was investigated after security officials noticed suspicious behavior and a radiology test yielded positive results, Noticias Mundo Vision reports. He was taken to an Armed […]

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Colombia: University student caught in airport attempting to traffick drugs

Héctor Fabio Carvajal Zapata, 37, student at the Universidad Libre, was caught in the Matecaña airport in Colombia for attempting to traffick drugs. The anti-narcotics police in Pereira surprised him at the airport where he intended to fly with 57 packages of cocaine to the San Andrés Island, The Archipielago Press reports. The drugs were […]

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Drug ring broken up in Argentina; known to ship cocaine from Buenos Aires to Europe

Eight people were arrested and 15 kilos of cocaine were seized after security forces broke up a drug trafficking ring attempting to send the drugs from Buenos Aires to Europe. The drugs were found after seven home raids and were in various forms, including capsules and powder. Officials also seized precision scales, equipment used to […]

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DEA arrests 33 people in San Juan, breaks up drug route from Puerto Rico to U.S.A.

Federal U.S. agents launched a surprise anti-narcotics operation on June 6, 2012 in the San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín airport in Puerto Rico. 33 suspects were taken into custody, including airport workers, airline employees, and other suspicious individuals who were attempting to smuggle millions of dollars of cocaine onto commercial flights for at least a […]

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Drugs going from Cancun, Mexico to Europe often hidden in false suitcase bottoms

Anti-narcotics experts have closely watched drug activity in the Cancun, Mexico airport to determine how traffickers attempt to smuggle drugs to destinations such as Europe. According to Sipse, drug mules arrive in Cancun about 3 days before the scheduled departure flight and often stay in a hotel to prepare the drug. Many of the traffickers […]

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Seven suspects intending to traffick drugs to Spain arrested in Lima, Peru

Five Spaniards, one Italian and one Peruvian were arrested in Lima, Peru, while attempting to fly to Spain with 17 kilos of cocaine. According to El Correo, the Spaniards taken into custody were Otilio R.S. (51), with 3.9 kilos of cocaine hidden in wine bottles; Eludina R.P. (42), with 2.2 kilos stuffed inside a suitcase; […]

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International drug gang disrupted in Ireland, operated in Spain

Eight individuals have been arrested for participation in international drug trafficking, two of which were stopped in the Dublin airport in Ireland for carrying 500 grams of cocaine hidden in their clothing. Five of the suspects were Colombian, two were Spanish, and one was Ecuadorian. The two arrested in Dublin were women. Police raided two […]

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Italian attempts to fly from Costa Rica to Spain with cocaine-stuffed shampoo bottle

Drug control police arrested Italian citizen Pironti (35) at the Juan Santamaría airport in Costa Rica on May 4, 2014. The suspect was arrested when officials discovered a plastic bag of cocaine stuffed into an empty shampoo bottle inside his suitcase. The cocaine weighed 724 grams, according to Telenoticias. Pironti had been flying from San […]

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Airport in Cancun, Mexico a major hub along drug route to Europe

After the arrest of a Mexican at the Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome, Italy on May 8, 2012, it appears the international Cancun airport is a major stopping point along a drug route from Latin America to Europe. The Mexican suspect had travelled from Cancun to Rome with 14 kilograms of high-purity cocaine in […]

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Strikes Begin to Affect Flights in Peru

The 168 airline workers from 18 Peruvian airports have been protesting for better wages among other terms. According to eltiempo.com, these protests have been affecting domestic and international flights. The government has declared the next 60 days an emergency period in which airlines can hire temporary workers to maintain operations. Read Article

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Argentine Authorities Detain Peruvian With Drugs

RPP.com.pe reports that police at the Argentina’s Eseiza Airport outside Buenos Aires, have arrested a Peruvian tourist trying to enter the country with 20 kilos of cocaine hidden inside screws. Police say customs agents discovered the drugs on a Peruvian who had a ticket for Johannesburg. The Peruvian was stopped once x-ray machines discovered packages […]

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Paraguay, Cocaine seized at airport

A package was seized today at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Luque, Paraguay containing 3.957 kilos of cocaine hidden among leather car seat covers and a thermos used for drinking a South American tea called yerba maté. Abc.com.py reports that the package was headed for Spain when it was seized by the National Anti-Drug […]

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5 Police Officers Die in a Plane Crash, Colombia

•At 2:30 p.m. yesterday, 5 police officers died in a plane crash near Los Galgos Airport in Ituango, Antioquia, Colombia per eltiempo.com. •One theory for the accident which left 5 dead and 1 injured is that the aircraft did not take off with enough speed and thus crashed after 200 meters. •Some country people saw […]

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Man Tries to Smuggle Dinosaur Fossils in Airport, Colombia

•A man attempted to smuggle dinosaur fossils from the Mesozoic era in a package in his luggage with the intent to sell them on the Black Market when Colombian authorities seized them in an airport in Florencia, Caquetá, Colombia. •The fossils consisted of 26 fossilized bones that are between 100 and 130 million years old. […]

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Bomb threat at Guayaquil airport, Ecuador

In the past hour an anonymous caller warned officials of a bomb on an airplane at the Guayaquil airport in Ecuador, according to elcomercio.com. Specialized police reacted immediately and moved the plane from the terminal to the ground zero area of the airport near the control towers. Areas near ground zero were evacuated, but no […]

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Mexico City Department of Tourism Campaigns for Second Airport

The Mexico City Department of Tourism met with the Department of Communication and Transportation to request the construction of a new airport in the country’s capital or to at least add two new runways to the existing airport, El Universal reports. The Department of Tourism says there is increasing interest from airlines wishing to add […]

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Bomb Hoax at Mendoza Argentina Airport, Before Arrival of Peru Soccer Team

Hoy.com.ec reports that a bomb hoax in the Plumerillo International Airport in Mendoza, Argentina caused a partial evacuation on Thursday June 30th. Officials say the hoax was reported just before the Peruvian national soccer team was due to arrive in Mendoza for the Copa America. Police say a passenger left a couple of bags in […]

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Airplane with Top Colombian Officials Has Emergency Landing, Medellín, Colombia

•El Espectador reports the emergency landing of a plane carrying Colombian minister Rodrigo Rivera Salazar and Director of the National Police Oscar Naranjo in Medellín. •Problems with the breaking system of the plane caused it to perform the emergency landing at the Olaya Herrera airport in Medellín. •All eight passengers and the crew were able […]

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Emergency Landing Causes 5 Flight Cancelations in Cartagena, Colombia

•A private plane performed an emergency landing 11:35 a.m. this morning in the Rafael Núñez International Airport in Cartagena, Colombia. •Caracol Radio reports that the pilot contacted a control tower of the airport and had to land due to problems with the plane’s undercarriage. •5 flights to Bogotá from Avianca, Copa Airlines, and Aires have […]

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Spanish Woman Caught Smuggling Cocaine from Colombia in Nuts and Wine Bottles

•A Spanish woman was arrested in Barcelona airport in Spain after having successfully smuggled 3,868 grams of cocaine from Colombia by way of El Dorado Airport in Bogotá. •The Guardia Civil seized 111 nuts with 6 grams of cocaine each and three 750 ml wine bottles full of liquid cocaine according to El Espectador. •This […]

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Argentina, Flights at Ezeiza and Aeroparque airports normalize this afternoon

Argentine airlines LAN, Aerolíneas Argentinas y Austral will return to their normal flight schedules this afternoon at Ezeiza and Aeroparque airports in Buenos Aires after weeks of delays and closures due to ash from Chilean volcano Puyehue. Aerolíneas Argentinas y Austral will be up and running at 3 p.m. And LAN at 4 p.m. as […]

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Colombia, New System Allows Taxi Passengers to Pay By Card

•In June, there are to be 1,000 taxis in the Eldorado airport in Colombia with the new apparatus allowing passengers to pay cab fare by credit card or debit card as reported by portafolio.co. •Credibanco, Taxis Libres, and Colpatria are carrying out this operation in preparation for the FIFA U-20 World Cup soon to be […]

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Air traffic in Argentina remains suspended by volcanic ash from Chile

Aerolíneas Argentinas and Austral Líneas Aéreas, Argentina’s domestic airline, have announced that all flights are canceled until further notice because of the ash cloud from the Puyehue volcano in Chile that began erupted over the weekend, per pagina12.com.ar. LAN has also cancelled flights, mostly those destined for Córdoba, Tucumán, Mendoza, Salta and Iguazu. Passengers whose […]

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Young Argentine detained in Spanish airport

18-year-old Argentine citizen, Jorge Luis Parsisi, has been detained in Baragas International Airport in Madrid for the past 2 days. Parsisi had just arrived in Spain at the time of his arrest and has a valid passport and a return ticket to Buenos Aires for June 13, but was detained at the airport because he […]

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Colombia, Eldorado Airport to be Renovated in Air and Land Technology

•Elespectador.com reports that despite the winter weather conditions, Eldorado airport in Bogotá has maintained a rate of 70 flights a day. •However, the ATAC, Aerial Transportation Association in Colombia, will be collaborating with other organizations in order to improve technology of the airport as well as improving the air and land infrastructure of the terminal. […]

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DHL Opens New Operations Center in Eldorado Airport in Bogotá, Colombia

•The new 4,000 square meter Hub & Gateway will ensure the timely arrival and departure of imports and exports per businesscol.com. •This will require an investment of 1.3 million euros and create 30 direct jobs and 60 indirect jobs. •The company currently is employing 550 Colombians. •According to Steven Fenwick, CEO of DHL Express Americas, […]

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Colombian Citizen Detained in Mexico City Airport with $44,400 USD Concealed in Soap and Lotion Bottles

•According to elpais.com.co, before Hugo Andrés Tenorio Domínguez could board his flight to Cali, Colombia, the x-ray scans revealed strange shapes in the bottles in question. •The body soap bottle held $20,700 USD and the lotion bottle held $22,700 USD to make $44, 400 USD when combined with the $1,000 USD in his wallet according […]

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Alternate Airport to be Built in the Savannah of Bogotá, Colombia

•Elespectador.com reveals that the planned airport involves an investment of 375 million USD on the Colombian government’s part which is to be decided before 2014. •Santiago Castro, director of Aeronáutica Civil, did not give the intended location of the airport within the sabana de Bogotá in order to avoid price overrun. •The airport will perform […]

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