Fortaleza, Brazil: Cocaine Refining Lab Discovered by Police

tribunadabahia.com.br reported on August 28, 2013 that a cocaine refining drug lab was discovered on a farm near the Industrial Center of Aratú in Fortaleza. On site, police seized cocaine base paste, cocaine, and other products used to refine the narcotics. Police arrested three men for drug trafficking and were sent to the Homicide and Protection of Persons (DHPP) for possible involvement in murder. Read Article

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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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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: Police Discover 443 kilograms of Cocaine Hydrochloride

Globo reported on August 9, 2013 that the Federal Police and the Special Border Security force confiscated 443 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride in Vila Bela Holy Trinity, Mato Grosso do Sul. An aircraft directed to a farm designated for delivery delivered the drug. Police report the amount of drugs seized is valued at around R$20 […]

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Federal District, Brazil: Sergeant of Fire Department detained for drug trafficking

Globo reported on August 5, 2013 that Silvio José Ribeiro Dias, sergeant of the fire department in the Federal District, was detained after police found him with three kilos of pure cocaine known as “fish scale” hidden inside a vehicle. According to police, the sergeant received the drugs from Ponta Pora, Mato Grosso do Sul […]

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Federal District, Brazil: Largest Cocaine Trafficker in Area Arrested by Police

Globo reported on August 2, 2013 that the civil police arrested the largest cocaine trafficker in Cruzeiro, in the Federal District. The suspect goes by the name “Troa”. During the arrest, the police seized cocaine, cash, and weapons. In addition, the police detained his partner who is accused of trafficking and larceny. Read Article

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Bahia, Brazil: Italian Drug Dealer Detained

Terra reported on July 26, 2013 that Civil Police in Mata de São João, Bahia, detained an Italian drug dealer, who has been living illegally in Brazil for 12 years. Police confiscated 400 grams of cocaine known as “nine-nine” as the purity of the drug is 99%. In addition, police as well arrested an accomplice […]

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Ferraz, Brazil: 100 kilos of drugs seized at drug refinery house

Globo reported on July 25, 2013 that the Military Police discovered a drug refinery in an upscale house in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, Sao Paulo. Inside, police seized about 100 kilos of drugs including marijuana and cocaine ready for sale. In addition to drugs, the police discovered two sport cars with an estimated value of R$70,000. […]

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Jundiaí, Brazil: Six Detained for Drug Trafficking and Counterfeit Money

Terra reported on July 23, 2013 that the Dise (Precinct Investigations Narcotics) discovered a distribution center in Jundiaí where police seized cocaine, hydroponic marijuana, crack, drugs ready for sale, as well as R$30,000 in counterfeit bills. The value of the drugs is estimated at R$150,000. Police arrested six suspects. Since March, DIse reports that 70% […]

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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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Amazonas, Brazil: Suspects Detained for Transporting Drugs in Boat

On July 18, 2013, Globo reported that the Federal Police confiscated 100 kilograms of drugs and detained 8 individuals including Brazilians, Peruvians, and Colombians. Police claim the drugs; hydrochloride, cocaine base paste, and marijuana were hidden in a canoe leaving from Peru to Fonte Boa near Manaus, Brazil. The suspects are currently awaiting trial. Read […]

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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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São Paulo, Brazil: Drug Trafficker Investigated for 2 Years is Arrested

Globo reported on July 8, 2013 that the Federal Police arrested a 31-year old man accused of drug trafficking in Ribeirão, São Paulo. The suspect is known to have sold cocaine in the area. The police discovered a refining cocaine laboratory in Altinópolis, São Paulo, which belonged to the suspect. In addition, the police confiscated […]

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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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São Paulo, Brazil: Lab Producing 800 kgs of Drugs is Shutdown by Police

Globo reported on July 5, 2013 that a police operation shut down a drug laboratory in Santo Antônio de Posse, São Paulo, suspected to produce up to 800 kilograms of drugs. During the operation, police confiscated 100 kilos of cocaine as well as 300 liters of sulfuric acid, acetone, and other chemicals. The police arrested […]

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Sao Paulo, Brazil: 700 kgs of Cocaine Hidden in Truck Transporting Sugar

On July 4, 2013 Globo reported that the Highway Patrol Police in Ituverava, Sao Paulo, confiscated 700 kilograms of cocaine in a truck transporting sugar. The drugs were wrapped in plastic bags and hidden amongst items within the truck. Police report the truck was traveling from Uberaba, Mato Grosso to Porto do Santos, Sao Paulo. […]

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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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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Shut Down Drug Laboratory

Globo reported on July 3, 2013 that the Military Police closed down a drug laboratory in Gaul, São Paulo. Two men were accused and detained for drug trafficking. On site, police seized 1.3 pounds of cocaine, 10 kg of different substances that are used to increase the amount of narcotics, a gun, ammunition, and other […]

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Mato Grosso, Brazil: 72-year old Detained for Transporting Cocaine

Globo reported on June 1, 2013 that the Federal Highway Police seized 239 kilograms of cocaine base paste in a truck transported by a 72-year old man on BR-163 in Mato Grosso. Inside the truck, police discovered several plastic bags with drugs ready to be distributed as well as R$4,600 in cash. The truck driver […]

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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 Alegre, Brazil: Paraguayan Detained for Using Books to Transport Drugs

On June 17, 2013, Globo reported that a 29-year old from Paraguay, was arrested on Sunday (16) at the Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre. The man is accused for using books to hide and transport cocaine. The Federal Police seized 3.8 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside a magazine as well as drugs found […]

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Pará, Brazil: Police Seize 155 Blocks of Crack from Drug Traffickers

On June 5, 2013, Globo reported the Civil and Military Police detained five suspects accused of drug trafficking activity in Almeirim, Pará. Four of the suspects are considered members of a drug trafficking organization in the region. One of the suspects by the name of Maranhão, is considered one of the main dealers in the […]

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Minas Gerais, Brazil: Operation to Prevent Criminal Activity Detains 55 Suspects

otempo.com.br reported on June 4, 2013 that Operation “Secure Currencies”; a joint task conducted by various government agencies, detained 55 individuals in Minas Gerais in attempt to prevent the entry of drugs, weapons, explosives, and other illegal objects into the state. During the operation, 7,465 drivers were questioned and about 5,000 vehicles were stopped and […]

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Rio Claro, Brazil: Man Arrested for Transporting 90 kg of Marijuana

On May 19, 2013, Glob reported the Military Police in Rio Claro, Sao Paulo, arrested a 47-year old driver for transporting drugs. The Military Police confiscated 91.6 kg of marijuana and 5.6 kg of cocaine on Sunday after receiving information that a man in his car was selling drugs. The driver confessed to selling drugs […]

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Manaus, Brazil: Three Teenage Girls Detained for Selling Drugs

acritica.uol.com.br reported on May 16, 2013, that three female teenagers; ages 12, 16, and 17, were arrested by the Military Police for selling drugs in Manaus. The teens were charged for drug trafficking and conspiracy. One of the girls reported to receiving between R$200 and R$600 a day for selling drugs. The police confiscated 200 […]

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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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Manaus, Brazil: Two Suspects Detained For Drug Trafficking

On May 13, 2013, Globo reported a 19 and 33-year old man were both arrested in the south zone of Manaus for drug trafficking. The Civil Police found in the car and homes of the suspects, 7 pounds of drugs, three knives, a bulletproof vest, marijuana, oxy, and a 380-caliber pistol among other weapons and […]

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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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Several arrested after drugs from Ecuador entered Belgium and the Netherlands

In a container transporting a coffee shipment from Ecuador to Europe, officials discovered 2.3 tons of cocaine. According to Hoy.com, the shipment departed from the port of Guayaquil, arrived at the port of Antwerp in Belgium, and then made its way to the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The drug operation was linked to the […]

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Dominican Republic: Minors arrested for selling drugs in the East

Five minors, all between the ages of 14 and 16, were arrested in the Dominican Republic for selling drugs in Higuey and La Romana. They were arrested in the possession of several hundred grams of various drugs, El Nuevo Diario Reports. One girl, 16, was arrested in La Romana with 35 portions of cocaine, four […]

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Police in Paraguay seize 726 pounds of cocaine in private port; Bound for Italy

Anti-narcotics police in Paraguay seized 726 pounds of cocaine in the private port of Caacupemí, in Asuncion. According to El Nuevo Heraldo, the drugs were found hidden inside pieces of wood in containers bound for Italy. Police have identified and arrested those responsible for the shipment, though their identities have not been released to the […]

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Man arrested after attempting to enter U.S. from Mexico with drugs strapped to body

A 57-year-old was detained after U.S. customs officials caught him with drugs strapped to his body as he attempted to cross the border. He had intended to pass into the United States from Reynosa, Mexico to Hidalgo, Texas. The suspect had legal documents to prove he was a citizen of the United States, but had […]

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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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Speedboat located by U.S. near Dominican Republic linked to drug cartel

After a U.S. spy plane spotted a speedboat in Dominican waters, four Colombians were arrested: Aluchom Castro, Arechelleo Bocaleo, Rubén Bucaria and Micton Sretellea. They were trafficking one ton of cocaine, Diario Libre reports. The United States requested the extradition of the suspects. According to authorities, the suspects were members of a major South American […]

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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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Cocaine seized on cargo ship in Colombia; Hidden in barrels of stucco

203 kilos of cocaine were found on board a cargo ship in San Andres, Colombia. It had been shipped from Barranquilla, Caracol Radio reports. The drugs are estimated to be worth 6 million pesos. They were hidden in six containers, camouflaged within 34 barrels of stucco. No arrests have been reported, although officials continue to […]

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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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Panama: “Crispy” drug, cocaine found in home raid

Police in San Antonio, Panama seized drugs and cash during a home raid. During the raid, a drug known as “crispy” was found. According to Sucesos Critica, it was hidden inside an envelope. Another envelope of cocaine was also discovered in the residence. In addition, cash presumed to be the result of drug deals was […]

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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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Two drug traffickers caught at Mexico-U.S. border with over $800 thousand in drugs

U.S. customs officials arrested two drug traffickers in separate incidents along the border and seized over $800,000 worth of drugs. The first arrest took place between Matamoros and Brownsville, Texas. A vehicle that attempted to cross the border was sent to a second inspection, according to the Informador. Four packages were found in the car […]

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Chilean drug dealer caught travelling with three children

Police in Chile arrested a drug dealer from Santiago as he was travelling to Valdivia to open new markets. According to Biobio Chile, he was travelling in a vehicle with three adults and three children. The suspect, José Alberto Martínez Cárdenas, was travelling at night. He was caught outside a bus station after detectives spotted […]

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Inmate in Argentina received drugs in cigarettes and candy packages

Two men visiting a prisoner in the Charata jail in Argentina were arrested after it was discovered they were smuggling drugs to the inmate. According to Diario Primera Linea, the two visitors, one a minor, brought two packs of cigarettes and one bag of candy into the prison. After examination, it was evident the cigarettes […]

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20 kilos of cocaine found during drug kitchen raid in Argentina

After a raid in Las Heras, Argentina, police seized 20 kilos of cocaine, 1.5 kilos of cocaine, and two kilos of paco. They were found inside a residence operating as a drug kitchen, Mdzol reports. Inside the room rented to two, police also found equipment used to process drugs, including scales and a press. The […]

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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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Cocaine-laden cargo ship run by Colombians stopped near Cadiz, Spain

31 people were arrested in Spain after officials intercepted a cargo ship carrying cocaine off the coast of Cadiz. Over 100 bales of drugs were seized on board, weighing about 3,000 kilos. The ship was to be picked up by a Galician group, which would distribute the drugs in Spain. Colombians living in Madrid organized […]

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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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Two drug laboratories destroyed in Monzon, Peru

Officials in Peru were able to detect and dismantle two drug laboratories located in the Monzon district. According to an Info Region reports, the clandestine laboratories were operated by the narco-traffickers known as  “Pedro”, “Pillusco,” and “Jaime.” Two tons of coca leaves were neutralized during the operation. Gasoline, calcium oxide, kerosene, muriatic acid, and other […]

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Drug dealers in Dominican Republic abandon stash during escape from police

Four men spotted by officials in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic managed to evade capture after fleeing from an alleged drug sale point. The suspects were identified as John, Vichan, El Menor, and El Flaco, El Caribe reports. While fleeing authorities and escaping down an alley, they abandoned their stash of 5.5 kilos of drugs […]

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Two people arrested in the Dominican Republic for distributing drugs

Alis Pérez and Juan Carlos Clase, also known as Juan Gutiérrez, were arrested in the midst of a drug trafficking scheme in the Dominican Republic. According to El Dia, the two identified Carlos Augusto Paulino Clase as the owner of a drug distribution center in which they were involved. He remains at large. The couple […]

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Colombian drug trafficking network captured in Spain

Police in Mallorca, Spain dismantled an international drug trafficking network dedicated to distributing cocaine. Seven Colombians were arrested, Terra Noticias reports. Police discovered seven kilos of heroin in a laboratory as well. The operation had been planned for months, but only began after two vehicles were intercepted at the port of Palma. They had travelling […]

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Drugs and weapons gang broken up in Argentina

Seven people were arrested after officials broke up an organization dedicated to drug and weapons trafficking in Guaymallén, Argentina. 20 kilograms of marijuana, 0.5 kilos of cocaine, body armor, bullets, and grenades were discovered in the Pujol neighborhood. The identities of the suspects were not reported. Officials did not state whether the suspects belonged to […]

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Seven drug laboratories found along border between Ecuador and Colombia

Seven drug laboratories along the border between Ecuador and Colombia were found and destroyed in a joint operation. According to La Hora, the discovery of the laboratories dealt a blow to a network that produced drugs with coca leaves from Colombia and chemicals from Ecuador. Officials determined that around 60 kilos of drugs had been […]

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Mexican narco-trafficker extradited to United States; Linked to Sinaloa cartel

The Mexico narco-trafficker Sandra Avila Beltrán, also known as the Queen of the Pacific, has been extradited to the United States. She was wanted for transporting drugs into the United States, Terra reports. She was accused in 2007 of assisting in the transport of cocaine from Colombia into Mexico. The Sinaloa Cartel would then send […]

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Four Hondurans found guilty of drug trafficking

Javier García Hércules, Joel Exequiel Vargas, Wilmer Alexander Cruz, and José Luis Castillo López were found guilty of drug trafficking concerning an event that took place on August 16, 2010. The four had been found with 500 kilos of cocaine and were found responsible for loading and transporting it, according to Tiempo. The drugs had […]

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Drugs seized in Paraguay; Shipment bound for Brazil

Officials in Paraguay seized a drug shipment hidden in a vehicle along Route 7 in Ciudad del Este. 350 bricks of cocaine had been transferred from a gray Nissan vehicle to a white Scania truck, Color ABC reports. Authorities believe the shipment was ordered by a criminal gang operated by Tomas Rojas, alias “Toma’i”. Two […]

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Suspect with U.S. passport stopped in Mexican airport with cocaine in stomach

A man with 69 capsules of cocaine was arrested in the Tijuana international airport in Mexico after displaying signs of stomach pain at the baggage claim.  The suspect, Abel Valencia Díaz (23), carried a U.S. passport, but is originally from Jalisco, Azteca Noticias reports. He had  swallowed 46 capsules, hidden 14 in his underwear, and […]

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International drug traffickers captured in Europe; Transported drugs from South America

National police in Alicante, Spain arrested a group of six narco-traffickers that transported drugs from South America to Europe. According to El Confidencial, one of the arrestees, a Belgian citizen, was wanted in Europe for trafficking drugs from South America. He had been involved in a shipment of 35 kilos of cocaine at the port […]

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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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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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Apure, Venezuela along new drug route to North America; Controlled by FARC

Officials have determined that the state of Apure in Venezuela is a crucial stop along a drug route from South America to the United States and Europe. Because the state is located along the Colombian border, most of the drugs passing through are related to FARC. According to La Patilla, 24% of cocaine that reaches […]

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Colombia: Two clandestine airstrips found; Constructed by FARC

Police in Colombia have announced the discovery of two clandestine airstrips owned by the FARC organization for drug trafficking purposes. The airstrips were located in jungle areas of Balboa and Mercaderes, in Cauca. They were found through joint efforts of the National Police, the Attorney General, and the Colombian Air Force, Univision reports. The airstrips […]

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Dominican Republic citizen returns from Peru with drugs taped to legs

Rubén Balbuena Martich, a 20-year-old musician from the Dominican Republic, was arrested after flying back to his country from Peru. He was carrying three kilos and 340 grams of cocaine that were taped to his legs, Noticias Mundo Vision reports. He had arrived on Copa Airlines flight 448, which made a stop in Panama before […]

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Six in Peru arrested for plotting to transport drugs to Spain

Four Spanish citizens, one Ecuadorian, and one Peruvian were arrested in the Lima airport after authorities caught them attempting to traffick drugs to Spain. Silvia G. M. from Spain was carrying three kilos of cocaine in bottles of natural products. Midia R. S.(30), also of Spain, had a kilo of drugs stored in processed foods, […]

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Paraguay: Drugs, documents, and vehicles seized in raid, but suspect escapes

2.030 kilograms of cocaine were found by police during a home raid in Minga Guazú, Paraguay. Three vehicles were also seized, including a white Hyundai truck with a double bottom. Several documents located in the house confirmed that drug trafficking operations took place in the residence, DN Press reports. However, the man wanted for these […]

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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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Colombia: Semi-submersible and drug workshop discovered; Linked to FARC and Urabueños

A homemade semi-submersible was found and destroyed by members of the Colombian Army in a rural area near the Gulf of Urabá. According to El Universal, it was discovered inside a secluded drug workshop large enough to contain 25 individuals. The semi-submersible had been packed with 6 tons of cocaine. When officials arrived at the […]

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Mother-son drug trafficking duo apprehended at bus stop in Argentina

Fernando Ezequiel Astrada (21) and his mother Gabriela Rosset (39) were arrested at a bus stop in Cordoba, Argentina with almost a kilogram of cocaine and several kilos of acetone. They were preparing to depart for La Rioja, El Independiente reports, where they intended to “cook” the drugs. Several weeks of investigation led to the […]

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Over 63 kilograms of cocaine headed to Dominican Republic confiscated in Venezuela

The Bolivarian National Guard in Venezuela confiscated 63 kilograms and 431 grams of cocaine at the Maracaibo port. According to a Noticias de Prensa Latina report, the drug shipment was to make its way from the port to the Dominican Republic. The drugs were concealed in two bags that were to be loaded onto a […]

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Three drug traffickers arrested after a raid in Argentina

Officials were able to capture three narco-traffickers during a raid in San Ramón de la Nueva Orán, Argentina. The suspects were not identified by name, although authorities reported a woman (24) and two men (28 and 32) were arrested with 56 packages of cocaine. Seven cell phones, a camera, a memory card, and other items […]

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International drug ring disrupted in Germany; Drugs shipped from Dominican Republic

Spanish police assisted in bringing down an international drug ring consisting of Dominican Republican citizens who attempted to introduce cocaine to Spain via German ports. According to Al Momento, investigations concerning the organization began in August 2011. During the recent operation, 135 kilos of cocaine were seized and 9 people were arrested at the port […]

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Dominican Republic: Two arrested with ecstasy pills and cocaine

The National Drug Control in the Dominican Republic arrested two individuals who were in possession of 3,933 capsules of a drug resembling ecstasy, 265 grams of cocaine, and a pistol. According to El Nacional, the suspects were identified as Erickson Frangely Pérez (Fernandito) and Johanna Paulino. They were arrested during a raid on their residence […]

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Four people charged after operating clandestine laboratory in Venezuela

Two women and ten men were accused of operating a clandestine drug laboratory dismantled on May 26, 2012. The laboratory was located the the Venezuelan state of Nueva Sparta, La Saeta reports. The public prosecutor formally charged the suspects with the crime of drug distribution. The suspects were identified as Urdalis María Ramos (55), Yurima […]

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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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12 packages of cocaine found in Dominican Republic, to be sent to Venezuela

The National Drug Control seized 12 packages of cocaine in the port of Boca Chica, the Dominican Republic on July 25, 2012. The shipment was to be sent to Secre, Venezuela, authorities believe. The drugs originated in Curaçao, but a mechanical issue forced the boat to seek land. The vessel is registered with the name […]

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Two couples arrested in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico for drug deals in the street

Four individuals selling marijuana and cocaine in Francisco Villa, Ciudad Juarez, were arrested by police. According to Fronte Net, residents and locals of the area called officials to report the drug deals. After investigating the scene, two cars were located nearby. One, a 1999 Grand Prix, contained seven packets of cocaine rocks. The other, a […]

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12 Hondurans caught by U.S. Coast Guard transporting cocaine on boats

Two boats carrying 12 Honduran citizens and 10 kilos were discovered off the coast of Honduras near Guanaja by members of the U.S. Coast Guard. One of the boats had sunk before the operation was complete, making it difficult to determine whether it was also transporting drugs. The suspects were moved to the Puerto Castillo […]

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United States, Honduras dispute over drug routes through Honduras

According to the U.S. State department, 79% of aircrafts transporting cocaine stop in Honduras. The department claims that drug shipments by air from South America often make their first stop in Honduras. Drug-trafficking continues to increase in the country, according to Tiempo. When the U.S. released this statement, President Porfirio Lobo sent a representative to […]

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Argentina: Suspect attempted to take drugs hidden in bread into prison

A relative of prisoner Mario Fabre (26), alias “Marito,” was caught attempting to smuggle cocaine into a prison in Concepcion del Uruguay, Argentina. The relative had left bread for Fabre, Elonce reports. Once officials inspected the bread, it was apparent the relative had hidden a package of cocaine inside. The family is under investigation. The […]

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Nicaragua: Army has seized 120 tons of cocaine since 2000

General Julio Cesar Aviles, head of the military in Nicaragua, has announced that the army has seized approximately 120 tons of cocaine since 2000. The General claimed that Nicaragua discovered the most drugs in the Central American area with the least amount of resources. He also stated that drugs remain the largest threat to national […]

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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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250 panels of cocaine confiscated in Apure, Venezuela

Officials seized and confiscated 250 panels of cocaine in the mountainous area of Las Queseras del Meta, in the state of Apure. According to Entorno Inteligente, the drugs were discovered inside a white pickup truck with the license plate 72BJAG. A drug press was also found inside the vehicle, along with aircraft accessories. No suspects […]

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Peru: Cocaine found in sculptures and funeral urns mailed to U.S. and other countries

All religious sculptures sent by mail, especially those of the Virgin Mary, must be scanned in Peru do to an increase of drug trafficking. Narco-traffickers have lately been sending their merchandise hidden inside these statues, Peru 21 reports. They have also been using funeral urns to transport drugs. Authorities announced that drugs have also been […]

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Drug route to Ica, Peru disrupted; Cocaine transported in avocado crates

Highway safety police managed to seize 4 kilos of cocaine paste that was transported on a charter bus from Huanta to Ica, Peru. The bus was stopped in the Espíritu Alto community and belonged to the Empresa Antezana Hnos bus company. According to Info Region, several bottles containing cocaine paste were discovered inside crates containing […]

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Nicaraguan woman carrying drugs shot and killed in Costa Rica

A Nicaraguan woman in possession of drugs died after being shot three times in the head in  Lomas del Río, Pavas, Costa Rica. She was identified as Nora Estrella Zúñiga Piña (43), La Nacion reports. The shooter was identified only as a man on a motorcycle, who was riding with another male. The victim had […]

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Narco-trafficker caught in Peru; Owned cocaine processing factories

Alcides Gamio Mallqui (44), one of the most wanted narco-traffickers in Peru, also known as Jaime Gamio, was arrested in Tingo María. He was wanted for trafficking over 500 kilos of drugs each month, RPP Noticias reports. His principle areas of operation included Caunarapa, Chipaco, and Maravilla. The suspect also constructed his own cocaine processing […]

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Costa Rican authorities seize shipment of drugs en route to Europe

National drug enforcement police in Moin, Costa Rica discovered and seized a shipment of drugs that arrived in the city’s port. According to Infosur Hoy, the drugs arrived from Colombia and were to be shipped to Europe after stops in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. The exact final destination in Europe is unknown. The shipment […]

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Colombia: Man arrested while travelling with block of wood containing cocaine

Traffic police in Colombia arrested José Martínez Quirá (24), who was travelling on a public transport vehicle on the Ipiales-Medellín route. He had been transporting six kilos of cocaine hidden inside a block of wood, El Diario del Otun reports. The drugs were discovered after a routine baggage check, during which the suspect’s bag appeared […]

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Three raids in Paraguay lead to multiple drug arrests

Three raids around Paraguay, in Villa Elisa, San Antonio, and Luque, led to multiple arrests for drug crimes. In Villa Elisa, five family were arrested, according to La Nacion. One, Reyes Santa Cruz, possessed 60 doses of crack cocaine, marijuana, and two firearms. Another raid took place in the Achucarro neighborhood of San Antonio, where […]

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Mexico: Woman finds 280 thousand dollars worth of drugs in vacuum

A woman in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico was surprised to discover 280 thousand dollars worth of drugs inside a vacuum her children gave her as a gift. Two pounds of methamphetamine and 2.2 pounds of cocaine were hidden inside the machine. Police believe whoever put the drugs inside likely did so before it was shipped to […]

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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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820 kilograms of high-purity cocaine seized in Venezuela, found on creek bank

The National Guard in Venezuela seized 820 kilograms of high-purity cocaine in the south of the Apure state. The drugs were located on the banks of a creek, Entera Gente reports. The creek flows into the Meta River. Officials discovered the drugs in 23 bundles hidden in high tree branches. The drugs were transported to […]

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Fishermen from Ecuador traffick cocaine to Costa Rica; Caught by U.S. Coast Guard

Four fishermen from Ecuador were captured by members of the United States Coast Guard with 360 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. The drugs were found on board a boat named “Santa Martha,” La Hora reports, and was headed toward Costa Rica. The vessel had departed from the Esmeraldas province. The suspects claimed they were hired to […]

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Alleged assassin caught after raids in Jalapa, Guatemala

After carrying out 12 operation in Jalapa, Guatemala, the National Civil Police, along with Special Forces and the Public Ministry, were able to catch and arrest an alleged assassin. According to a Siglo 21 report, Pedro Lima Cruz (21) was arrested for killing two youths that were suspected to be drug dealers. Their names were […]

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Narco-mechanics: Four men in Argentina apprehended; sold drugs from car workshop

Police in Argentina arrested four men for trafficking drugs from a car mechanic workshop in Villa Lugano. During the operation, officials seized marijuana and cocaine, Diario Popular reports. 25 cellular phones, 18 thousand pesos, and three guns were also seized. The suspects ranged between 21 and 32 years of age, though their names were not […]

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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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Clandestine drug laboratory found in Peru; Cocaine to be sent to Mexico

Police in Peru located a clandestine drug laboratory in a residence in San Martín de Porres. Inside, officials discovered 100 kilograms of cocaine and chemicals used for drug production. According to Peru 21, the home belonged to José Manuel López Quispe, alias ‘Papita,’ who kept the laboratory in an area under the floor. Authorities believe […]

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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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Honduras: Three Nicaraguan women arrested with cocaine taped to their bodies

National Police in Honduras arrested three women near the Nicaraguan border in Choluteca. The trio had taped packets of cocaine to their bodies, La Prensa reports. The amount of the drugs was not reported. They were also carrying an unspecified large amount of money. The women were identified as Yohanna Hernández Medina, Joselyn Jarquin Moreno, […]

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629 kilos of drugs stopped in Costa Rica along route to the Pacific

Police in Costa Rica intercepted a shipment of 629 kilos of cocaine that was being transported from the capital to the port in Puntarenas. According to a El Nuevo Diario report, the drugs were in a car hidden inside a cooler used for seafood. Investigators continue to look into the case to determine the origin […]

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Four Costa Ricans arrested in Colombia with one ton of cocaine on lobster boat

The Armed Forces in Colombia detained four citizens of Costa Rica in waters near San Andrés with one ton of cocaine. The arrestees had been sailing in a lobster boat, La Nacion reports. They were intercepted after officials detected a boat moving at high speed toward Central America. 81 bags of cocaine were found on […]

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