Brazil and Peru Police Forces Close 8 Cocaine Laboratories

acritica.uol.com.br reported on September 20, 2013 that the Federal Police with the help of the Peruvian police closed eight cocaine-producing laboratories on Peruvian territory. The laboratories were 1 kilometer from the Brazilian border. One seizure involved confiscating 240 kilos of cocaine. In addition, the police seize 5,920 gallons of gasoline on a Peruvian vessel traveling along the Amazon River in Peru. Police believe the gasoline was used for the production of cocaine. Read Article

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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Discover Hundreds of Marijuana Plants on Plantation

Globo reported on August 25, 2013 that the Military Police discovered a marijuana plantation in Campinas, São Paulo after receiving an anonymous tip. The police report the property had controlled-like conditions including a heated greenhouse, an automatic irrigation system, as well as photographs. Hundreds of marijuana plants were found with a placeholder to package the […]

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Piauí, Brazil: Police declare Piauí new state for marijuana production

Globo reported on August 12, 2013 that the Civil and Military Police of Piauí conducted its largest seizure in the state, confiscating 1.5 tons of marijuana. Police report that the state of Piauí has become a new producer for marijuana as police over the recent months found several marijuana plantations in the area. A survey […]

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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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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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Brazil: Talks About Use of Drug Land to Resolve Indian-Farmer Land Dispute

On June 13, 2013, Globo reported that Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo, farmers, indigenous representatives, as well as members of the government, discussed the possibility of using land that has been confiscated for illegal plantation of drug plants as a possible solution to end the land dispute between the Indians and farmers. However, according to […]

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Police Burn Two Marijuana Plantations in Paulo Ramos, Brazil

Globo reported on May 16, 2013, that five suspects were detained for drug trafficking and operating two marijuana plantations in Paulo Ramos, Maranhão. Both plantations in total contained 3,600 marijuana plants. Police burned all plants. All suspects remain in jail awaiting trial.Read Article

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Paraná, Brazil: Farmer Arrested for Marijuana Cultivation

Globo reported on May 15, 2013, that a 48-year old farmer was arrested for growing marijuana among cassava crops in Tupãssi, Paraná. The Military Police found 550 grams of marijuana ready for sale, marijuana seeds, R$1,000 in cash, a shotgun and ammunition. The farmer is accused of drug trafficking activity and illegal possession of a […]

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Seven drug laboratories dismantled along Colombia-Ecuador border

Seven people were arrested after officials dismantled seven illegal drug laboratories along the border between Colombia and Ecuador. In the Ecuadorian town of San Lorenzo, officials discovered an illicit chemicals marketing scheme was operating under the cover of a lumber company. According to El Nacional, the supplies were taken to Colombia to produce drugs, where […]

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UN announces start of illicit crops monitoring program in Mexico

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime announced the start of a program dedicated to monitoring illicit crops growth in Mexico. This system will produce statistic concerning the production of marijuana, poppy, and coca. The UN will work with officials in Mexico to train them on the methodology of using satellite maps, Noticias Grupo […]

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Clandestine drug laboratory found in Nayarit, Mexico

After examining the town of La Noriega, in Nayarit, Mexico, officials discovered a clandestine laboratory dedicated to the production of synthetic drugs. The operation, carried out by military personnel, was intended to limit illegal activity in the state. According to El Universal, 200 liters of clear liquid, 13 bags of white powder, multiple containers, washers, […]

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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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Colombia begins manual coca eradication along Ecuadorian border

Colombian officials hope to eradicate 5,000 hectares of illegal coca plantations along the Ecuadorian border by October 15, 2012. This plan calls for manual destruction of the crops, according to Fox News Latino. The areas in focus include Narino, Putumayo, and Guaviare, where officials say coca production increased dramatically between 2010 and 2011. In 2007, Colombian […]

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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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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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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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Mexico: 651 drug plantations found in July 2012

In July 2012, 157 poppy crop fields, 494 marijuana fields, and 59,489 total hectares of these drugs were found in the states of Sinaloa and Durango in Mexico. Five clandestine factories used for the production of synthetic drugs were also discovered during this time period. According to Periodico Correo, officials seized 113 rifles, 112 handguns, […]

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Eight clandestine drug laboratories and 324,000 kilos of chemicals found in Peru

A total of eight clandestine drug laboratories used for the production of cocaine paste were discovered in Comumpiari, Ayacucho, Peru. 324,000 kilos of chemicals used for drug production were also found, including calcium hydroxide and muriatic acid. Anti-agents proceeded to burn destroy the laboratories and chemicals, Diario Correo reports. 126 kilos of cocaine paste were […]

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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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Officials destroy two clandestine drug laboratories in Peru

After discovering two clandestine drug laboratories in Tamashi, Monzón, Peru, officials destroyed their contents. According to RPP Noticias, the laboratories produced cocaine paste. 720 kilos of kerosene, 840 kilos of formic acid, 60 kilos of gasoline, and other chemicals were among the items discovered and destroyed. They were hidden inside water pumps and water pipes […]

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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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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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Army dismantles synthetic drug laboratory in Mocorito, Mexico

Elements of the Mexican Army seized and dismantled a synthetic drug laboratory in the Aguajito de León area of the Mocorito municipality. The laboratory was discovered in the bushes while the Army unit was performing and observational tour in the area. 2,375 kilos of solid methamphetamine, 120,000 of liquid methamphetamine, and many kilograms of other […]

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Clandestine drug laboratory dismantled in Peru; Minor arrested

Two people were arrested after officials discovered a drug laboratory in La Granja, Monzón, Peru. One of the suspects, identified as J.A.A. was 16 years old. The other, Juver Miguel Fernández Quispe, was 33, Info Region reports. After dismantling the laboratory in which the two operated, officials burned 1.5 tons of chemicals used to produce […]

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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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Campsite dedicated to international drug trafficking destroyed in Venezuela

The Bolivarian National Guard, with help from the NationalAnti-Drug Office in Venezuela, discovered and destroyed an international drug trafficking campsite located in the state of Apure. According to officials, the site consisted of a rudimentary hangar and three huts. The campsite was located in the Morichales forest, La Patilla reports. A clandestine laboratory was also […]

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23 drug laboratories discovered in Jalisco, Mexico so far in 2012

Over 20 thousand chemicals used in drug production have been seized, and 23 clandestine drug laboratories have been discovered so far in 2012 in Jalisco, Mexico. According to an El Universal report, 292 people have been arrested in association with drug production in the state. Many weapons were also seized during this time period, including […]

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Narco-laboratory discovered near site of fallen Navy helicopter, Mexico

The Mexican Navy discovered a clandestine laboratory used to make synthetic drugs near the recent crash site of a Navy helicopter in Jalisco. Officials have not yet stated whether the laboratory and the helicopter crash are related, Charter reports. The laboratory was found 30 kilometers northeast of  Pihuamo. The cause of the helicopter crash has […]

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Colombia: Over 500 hectares of illegal crops destroyed; associated with FARC

Officials in Colombia have announced that 564 hectares of illegal crops, mostly coca leaves, have been eradicated. The crop fields were located in various areas around the country. They are thought to belong to FARC members and other criminal organizations in the area, who would use them for drug production and distribution, the Comando General […]

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Brazil a top destination for Peruvian drugs

Recent drug discoveries in Latin America have indicated that Brazil is becoming a top destination for drug shipments, Diario Correo reports. An official from the United Nations office on drugs and crimes affirmed this hypothesis and stated that many gangs operate to move drugs, particularly cocaine, from Peru into Brazil. Crack production has also increased […]

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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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