Brasilia, Brazil: Arrival of Corruptive Senator in Brazil Will Not Affect Bilateral Relations

Globo reported on August 25, 2013 that the Bolivian Senator who took asylum in the Brazilian embassy in La Paz since May 28, 2012 will not affect relations between both countries according to the Bolivian Minister of Communication. As Senator Roger Pinto arrived in Brazil on the 24th, he no longer has refugee status and is not considered a fugitive facing extradition. Pinto was sentenced to one year in prison for corruption before Brazil granted him political asylum. The Bolivian government is attempting to issue an arrest warrant with the help of Interpol. Read Article

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Poconé, Brazil: Bolivian Pilot Arrested for Transporting 413 kg of Cocaine

circuitomt.com.br reported on July 5, 2013 that the Federal Police and other government agencies arrested in Poconé, Mato Grosso, a Bolivian pilot accused of transporting 413 kilograms of cocaine via aircraft. The suspect managed to escape after the seizure of drugs this past Tuesday (2). During the operation, two suspects: the co-pilot and another victim […]

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Ponta Pora, Brazil: Drug Traffickers Detained for Smuggling Cocaine

Globo reported on July 3, 2013 that the Civil Police in Ponta Pora, Mato Grosso do Sul, detained three suspects part of gang led by the largest drug dealer in the Federal District of Brasilia. The suspects are accused of receiving and transporting cocaine from other countries such as Bolivia, Colombia, and Paraguay to the […]

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Mato Grosso, Brazil: Police Seize 400 kg of Drugs on Airplane from Bolivia

On July 3, 2013 Globo reported that a Federal Police operation in Poconé, Mato Grosso confiscated 400 pounds of drugs on an airplane from Bolivia. The police intercepted the plane as drug traffickers were unloading the drugs. The police seized US $500,000 hidden in bag that was possibly used for to pay for the drugs. […]

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Bolivian and Two Others Detained for “Mule” Drug Trafficking Scheme

R7 reported on June 28, 2013, that three suspects; one being Bolivian, were detained in Belo Horizonte for international drug trafficking. Civil Police discovered several cocaine capsules to be transported via the body by people known as “mules”. The drugs found are considered “fish scale”. Read Article

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Porto Velho, Brazil: Portuguese Travelers Detained at Airport for Smuggling Cocaine

rondoniadinamica.com reported on May 30, 2013, that on Tuesday (28) the Federal Police arrested two Portuguese travelers at the Porto Velho airport for smuggling 4 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride strapped to their bodies. The couple traveled to Rondônia to purchase cocaine in Bolivia to sell in Vigo, Spain. Read Article

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Brazil Takes Initiative to Combat Money Laundering in Bolivia

Terra reported on May 21, 2013 that Brazil will help support the Bolivian government combat corruption and transnational organized crime, by providing Bolivia with a technology lab to monitor money laundering. Brazil is the first country to initiate such support to the Bolivian government for this type of criminal activity. According to the Brazilian embassy […]

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Brazil and Bolivia Partnership to Increase Border Security

Terra reported on May 14, 2013, that Brazilian and Bolivian officials met in Santa Cruz to discuss border security concerns. Issues discussed included drug trafficking, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants traveling across the border. Bolivia has become a critical player to Brazil as 60% of the cocaine in Brazil comes from Bolivia. Bolivia is one […]

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Argentina: Heroin worth 200,000 euros seized at Bolivian border; Colombian arrested

Customs agents in Argentina arrested a Colombian man along the Bolivian border after he was caught with heroin. According to Nuevo Diario de Salta, he was carrying 1.890 kilograms of the drug. In Europe, this amount of drugs could be worth 200,000 euros. He was arrested after displaying strange behavior. This is the first time […]

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Operations in Argentina lead to seizure of cocaine from Bolivia and marijuana

Two anti-narcotics operations in Argentina led to the capture of nearly 100 kilograms of cocaine and 82 of marijuana. The first seizure occurred at the Quiaca checkpoint on Route 9, where drug sniffing dogs were able to alert officials of a suspicious Peugeot vehicle. According to Diario La Nueva Provincia, 97 kilos of cocaine were […]

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Over a half ton of drugs found in laboratory in Uyuni, Bolivia

446 kilos of cocaine and marijuana were found inside a drug laboratory in Uyuni, Bolivia, according to Radio Kollasuyo. The drugs were hidden inside seven bags. No suspects were taken into custody during the operation; however, officials do say that the discovery was a major blow to drug trafficking in the area. In the nearby […]

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Bolivia: Three narco-planes pass over the border each day, Argentina finds

Researchers in Buenos Aires, Argentina have determined that at least three planes carrying drugs pass over the Bolivian border each day. According to El Nacional, the majority of drug trafficking between the two countries appears in the northern area of Argentina. In Salta, approximately 90 clandestine flights occur per month. Narco-traffickers typically cross the border […]

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Four arrested in Argentina after illegally trafficking 10 Chinese; Entered through Bolivia

Four people were arrested in Argentina after officials found 10 Chinese individuals being transported in two cars near Las Lajitas. Two women and eight men between 18 and 42 years of age were found in a Chevrolet Astra and a Toyota Corolla, El Diario 24 reports.  Authorities believed the Chinese citizens entered Argentina illegally through […]

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Human trafficking networks cover six countries; Reports of electric torture in Bolivia

Networks of human trafficking appear to operate in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Spain and the United States, according to Opinion. They recruit by using publications in the media, in social networks, employment agencies, with advertisements, or by kidnapping and abduction. Among the uses of trafficked persons, who are mostly women and girls, are labor exploitation, […]

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64 kilos of cocaine seized along Bolivian route, bound for Argentina

64 kilos of cocaine were seized by Bolivian officials along the Caraparí – Bermejo route. They were found inside two vehicles, Los Tiempos reports. Four people were charged with the crime of narco-trafficking, and both vehicles were seized. Officials believe the shipment was to be received in Salta, Argentina, perhaps along drug route used in […]

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Couple arrested during crackdown on Chile-Bolivia trafficking schemes

A couple was arrested after police in Chile cracked down on areas known to routinely see illegal merchandise trafficking, especially between Chile and Bolivia. The two were found near the village of Chiu Chiu, where officials observed a vehicle that had turned off its lights for an extended period of time. The occupants loaded the […]

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6,000 board feet of illegal timber seized in Cobija, Bolivia

Officials in Bolivia have confirmed the seizure of approximately 6,000 board feet of illegal timber in Cobija. The operation took place in Bella Flor, where officials found the undocumented timber that was to be sent to an unknown destination. No arrests were made. The illegal shipment contained several different types of wood. Read Article

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Drug traffickers attempt to send 350 kilos of drugs from Chile to Spain; Hidden in rocks

Customs officials at the Port of Arica in Chile intercepted a drug shipment intended for Spain. According to Informe 21, 350 kilos of cocaine were found inside four massive fake rocks. The rocks had been hidden in containers that had been shipped from Bolivia 15 days previously. The weight of the rocks alerted customers officials, […]

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Brazilian drones to help detect clandestine factories and airstrips in Bolivia

According to a report published by El Sol, Brazilian drones will be used to help detect narco-trafficking and drug production activity in Bolivia. The two countries share a 1,300 kilometer border through jungle terrain. Drones had been used in a two-day operation in Santa Cruz, in which 240 cocaine factories and a clandestine airstrip were […]

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Chile: Bolivian drug-trafficking gang condemned to total of 67 years in prison

Six Bolivians were sentenced to a total of 67 years in prison for crimes of drug trafficking in Chile. 86 kilos of cocaine, valued at 1.29 million pesos, were involved in the case, La Tercera reports. During the first half of last year, officials in Chile learned that the Bolivian Germain Jairo Aguirre Gutierrez was […]

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Bolivia: Drug deals occur near 25 schools, sold to students for 8-10 bolivianos

Anti-narcotics officials found that drug deals occur near 25 schools in El Alto, Bolivia, some of the deals including students themselves. This information was released during a public safety fair on June 20, 2012 as collaborative effort including multiple police units and the help of 20 students, La Razon reports. The drugs most commonly sold […]

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A piñata surprise: Cocaine found inside piñata balloons in car motor, Argentina

A couple from Bolivia was arrested in Salta, Argentina, after the National Gendarmerie discovered cocaine inside their vehicle. Officials stopped the car along National Route 9 as a part of an operation called “Vigía,” El Siglo reports. With the help of a drug-sniffing dog, police searched their vehicle, a Mitsubishi, and found rectangular packages inside […]

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850 kilograms of Bolivian cocaine found in Chile, packed as medical supplies

Police investigators in Chile discovered and seized 850 kilograms of cocaine bearing “made in Bolivia” labels, the largest cocaine shipment found in the country. According to Los Tiempos, the drugs made their way from Bolivia via an illegal border crossing and were discovered in the Mano del Desierto zone in Antofagasta. The shipment was disguised […]

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Clandestine airstrip dismantled in Apure, Venezuela

Members of the Bolivarian National Guard located and dismantled a clandestine airstrip 1.4 kilometers long in Apure, Venezuela, Venezolana de Televisión reports. The airstrip was located near the Juriepe River. 4,400 liters of vehicle gasoline were also discovered near the site, in addition to 220 liters of jet fuel. The operation was conducted with intelligence […]

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Colombian mafia spreads throughout Latin America, increase in crime noticed

The Colombian mafia has been spreading its influence throughout Latin America, the Colombian Ministry of Justice and Law reports. Many mafia members flee to other countries in Latin America, especially Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Chile, in order to evade law enforcement or to protect their families. Such criminals perceive these countries to have legal […]

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Bolivia denies persecution of ex-general’s family, sentenced in U.S. for drug trafficking

The Bolivian government denies it is persecuting the family of  René Sanabria, ex-general of the police. Sanabria was sentenced to 14 years in prison in the United States for intending to traffick drugs into the country. Sanabria had denied links to drug activity within the government, Hoy Bolivia reports.The Bolivian government says it is not […]

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Colombian foreign minister warns of drug cartels in Bolivia, agreement signed

Foreign Minister of Colombia María Ángela Holguín warned on June 5, 2012 that Colombian cartels are operating in Bolivia. According to Erbol Digital, she hopes to launch a joint effort to curb their activities. The names of the trafficking organizations were not specified; however, she did state that detrimental consequences would arise if efforts are […]

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Bolivian dynamite sticks seized in Ecuador, used for illegal mining

The infantry brigade of the army in Ecuador discovered 1,047 sticks of dynamite, 533 detonation capsules, 1,250 meters of fuses, and 450 pounds of aluminum nitrate. 245 of the dynamite sticks are thought to originate in Bolivia. They were discovered in the Chuquiribamba parish, as well as the Chaguarpamba county in Ecuador, La Hora reports. […]

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Peru denies Bolivian claim that 50% of cocaine originates in Peru

General Raul Salazar, on behalf of the police in Peru, agreed to an interview to discuss cocaine production in the country. While he admits cocaine production does occur in Peru, he states the same occurs in Bolivia, and that cocaine in Bolivia does not necessarily originate in Peru. Officials had discovered a cocaine route from […]

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333 clandestine airstrips destroyed in Venezuela since 2007

On May 31, 2012, the Ministry of the Interior and Justice of Venezuela together with the National Armed Forces of Bolivia destroyed a clandestine airstrip that was used to traffick drugs in the Apure state. The government also claimed to have dismantled an additional 35 illegal runways along the border with Colombia, AVN reports. Since […]

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Peru: Presidents of Peru and Bolivia Agree to Focus on Development Together

Presidents Humala and Morales of Peru and Bolivia respectively have met in Cusco to sign the Acta de Cusco in which both countries pledge to develop the sectors in their country most in need. One of the topics discussed in the article from rpp.com.pe, is the focus on quinoa as a good source of nutrition […]

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Argentina: Highest alcohol consuming nation in South America

The World Health Organization released recent figures placing Argentina, Guyana and Ecuador as the top three alcohol consuming nations in South America, according to andes.inco.ec. The report shows that the average person over 15 in the Americas consumes 8.7 liters of alcohol per year, 40% more that the global average of 6.2 liters a year. […]

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Man linked to Mafia arrested in Argentina

A man linked to the Italian Mafia was arrested at his home in the La Matanza district of greater Buenos Aires over the weekend after a four-month-long investigation, according to elcomercial.com.ar. Walfre Dante Zubieta Bilbao, 49, is accused of leading an organization that trafficked Bolivian cocaine through Argentina and to Italy and other European countries. […]

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Press from 7 South American Countries Stand With EL UNIVERSO

According to ElUniverso.com seven press associations from South American countries stand with the Ecuadorian press organization, El Universo, condemning the attack on freedom of expression by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. On the 20th of July an Ecuadorian court found El Universo opinion editor and three directors guilty of slander against Correa, sentencing them to three […]

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Bolivia: Between 2008 and 2010 At Least 1,299 Minors Disappear

According to BolPress.com the defender for the Ombudsman Rolando Villena says at least 1,299 Bolivian minors were reported missing between 2008 and 2010, detailed in the report by the Special Force to Fight Crime (FELCC). The Network of Attention to Human Trade and Trafficking (RATT) of Person of MERCOSUR and other government and private institutions […]

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Bolivia Smugglers use 2,000 donkeys to transport illegal timber

Around 2,000 donkeys are used as pack animals carrying illegal timber by smugglers in Bolivia reported El Nacional. The animals were being exploited carrying around 50 kilos each and the estimated value of the timber is 200 bolivianos each. The Supervision and Social Control Authority of Forestry and Land (ABT) have so far managed to […]

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Peruvian Police Seize Bolivian Auto With $237,000, Cocaine Residue

According to ElComercio.pe agents of the Peruvian National Police seized a Bolivian truck traveling on the Desaguadero-Moquegua road, license plate 1800AXA, in which agents found $237,000 with adhesions of cocaine. Puno police officials report that the semi-trailer was traveling from La Paz, Bolivia to Matarani, Peru transporting soybean meal. Officials say police found a bag […]

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5,000 Vehicles Stolen in Peru, Brazil, Chile Found in Bolivia

ElComercio.pe reports that the governments of Peru, Brazil and Chile have found 5,000 stolen vehicles belonging to the three countries in Bolivia. An amnesty decree, signed by Bolivian President Evo Morales, concerning about 130,000 undocumented automobiles helped the three governments locate the stolen property. Officials say that joint operations by all four countries also helped […]

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A new class of drug traffickers in Bolivia, Argentina

The focus of the anti-drug movement in the Southern Cone has traditionally been on Bolivian and northern Argentine citizens used as “mules” who transport drugs around the world, according to lavoz.com.ar. But now the drug cartels have employed, for much cheaper, European “mules” posing as tourists who transport the drugs from Bolivia to Argentina, and […]

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Bolivia, Rescue reaches tourists and natives after snowfall

Although snowfall trapped various families and tourists in the southwest region of Potosí, members of the Bolivian army confirmed the rescue of 34 native families reported Prensa Latina. Efforts to reach the hotel Ojo de Perdiz, still continue as the climate improves. Rescue units were also able to save 10 Indians and two Swiss tourists, […]

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Bolivia, Segip increases security measures after detection of falsified identification cards

Segip, the general service in charge of the administration of identity cards in Bolivia, has increased their security after reports of cloned cards, falsified birth dates, and name changes disclosed Opinion.com.bo. Many changes were made to the system to insure transparency, which caused the process of receiving an id card to take up to four […]

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Seize cocaine in Bolivia, third largest producer of the drug

Chief of Bolivia’s anti-drug police force, Colonel Gonzalo Quezada, announced today that 543 kilos of cocaine were seized in 2 operations in the last 48 hours, per abc.com.py. The first operation took place in the Santa Cruz region and involved a plane that was carrying 363 kilos of cocaine to Brazil. Gunfire was exchanged, but […]

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Latin American Countries to Study Amazon Deforestation and Water Resources

According to ElComercio.pe eight countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela will begin a joint study of water resources and deforestation in the Amazon region next August, announces the Treaty Organization of the Amazonian Region (ACTO). Officials say this is the first regional project of deforestation that can quantify and compare […]

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Colombian Narcotics Traffickers in Bolivia

•According to Colombian investigators, there are about 3,000 Colombians in Bolivia participating in the Martín Llanos narcotics trafficking group. •A report from eju.tv reveals that within the last 5 years, Colombians have been participating in this group which operates in the capital of the Santa Cruz department, Bolivia. •Currently, 32 Colombian citizens stand accused of […]

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Bolivian Police Detain a Member of Peruvian Shining Path

According to RPP.com.pe the Bolivian Government today, July 1st revealed that one of the five Peruvians accused of trafficking cocaine is a member of the Peruvian Shining Path. On Tuesday, June 28th police captured one Bolivian and five Peruvians suspected of trafficking cocaine, officials report. Three of the detainees posed as agents of the Bolivian […]

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Kirchner and Morales launch gas pipeline between Bolivia, Argentina

Argentine president Cristina Kirchner commented on the economic status of the country, stating that if reelected for another term, she will ensure industry growth and Argentina will remain a model of democratized growth around the world, according to infobae.com. The remarks were made at the Casa Rosada yesterday afternoon during a ceremony held to officially […]

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1,500 kilos of cocaine seized in 48 hours in Argentina

Defense Minister, Nilda Garré, confirmed this morning that 1,500 kilos of cocaine were seized by Argentine police in 48 hours over the weekend, according to infobae.com. A maneuver called ‘Operation Transparency” arrested 2 Argentine police officers in Salta yesterday, near the Bolivian border, and seized 966 kilos of cocaine they were transporting from Bolivia and […]

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60-year-old Bolivian arrested for drug trafficking in Argentina

A 60-year-old Bolivian woman was arrested yesterday in her home in the town of Ingeniero Budge in the Lomas de Zamora district of Gran Buenos Aires on drug trafficking charges. Police also confiscated 143 bars of chalk cocaine and money, according to la-razon.com. The defendant had traveled to Bolivia in secret to buy drugs and […]

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Argentina, skulls and mummies found in the mail

Customs agents at the Central Mail post-office in Buenos Aires uncovered archaeological remains of skulls and mummies wrapped in blankets and Inca fabrics, according to sdpnoticias.com. The package was shipped from La Paz, Bolivia to an Argentine citizen living in Buenos Aires who was arrested for smuggling. The Federal Public Revenue Administration said the remains […]

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Argentine Police investigate enslavement and sexual abuse of Bolivian girl

Local police of Comodoro Rivadavia are investigating a possible case of enslavement and sexual abuse involving a 12-year-old Bolivian girl, according to la-razon.com. The girl was brought to the country by a couple who promised her family she would begin studying at a local school. Police discovered the girl wasn’t in school and was being […]

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Argentina, Raid uncovers 30 undocumented workers, including minors, in Parque Avellaneda sweatshop

Argentine Federal Police rescued 2 minors and 30 undocumented Bolivian citizens working at an underground sweatshop today in Parque Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, per eltribuno.com.ar. Three people were arrested during the raids that found the Bolivians living and working in inhumane conditions. The workers, including two women ages 15 and 17, were brought into Argentina under […]

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860 kilos of Bolivian cocaine confiscated in Puerto Fenix, Paraguay

The cocaine was seized during a surprise raid today by police and anti-narcotics prosecutors at Puerto Fenix in Mariano Roque Alonso, Paraguay. According to neike.com.py, the shipment came from an area near Ciudad del Este, Bolivia and was probably heading to Mozambique, Africa. The man caught carrying the shipment was Ángel Tomás Aguayo Saldívar. Read […]

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