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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Uberlândia, Brazil: Suspects Detained for Selling Synthetic Drugs at Nightclubs

Globo reported on August 13, 2013 that the civil police of Uberlândia confiscated about 260 stamps of LSD (which is believed to have come from India), cocaine, marijuana, loló (numbing fluid mixed with chloroform) and other materials used for drug trafficking. Among the three suspects detained, one suspect was discovered with 50 tablets of ecstasy. […]

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Paraíba, Brazil: Police Arrest 5 Suspects and Seize Drugs

On August 2012, the civil police participated in an operation led by the Delegation of Narcotics Repression (DRE) in João Pessoa, Paraíba. Police arrested five individuals and confiscated 10kg of cannabis, 4kg of crack, and 500g of cocaine. One of the suspects arrested was a dealer within a prison, responsible for conducting drug deliveries. Police […]

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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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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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Bahia, Brazil: 20,000 Take the Streets to March Against Drug Use

otempo.com.br reported on August 10, 2013 that 20,000 people participated in the 2nd March Against Crack and Other Drugs initiated by the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais on August 9th. The goal of the event is to connect numerous social groups with the help of the government to combat drug use and help save lives […]

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Bahia, Brazil: Police Operation Arrests 8 Suspects Part of Drug Trafficking Gang

On August 9, 2013, Globo reported that partnerships between the civil, military and federal police as well the Public Ministry of the State, arrested eight members of a gang suspected to be under the rule of drug lord “Sassá”, the leader of drug trafficking activity in the region of Tancredo Neves and Engomadeira in Bahia. […]

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Maceio, Brazil: Gang Detained for Drug Trafficking and Homicide Charges

Globo reported on August 9th, 2013 that the State Group of Combating Criminal Organizations with the help of the Military Police arrested eleven members of a gang suspected of leading drug trafficking activity in Maceio. The gang is also suspected of numerous murders in the area. Police report the gang recruited teenagers to participate in […]

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Espirito Santo, Brazil: Lawyer Detained for Drug Trafficking Activity with Prison Inmates

Globo reported on August 6, 2013 that a female lawyer was detained on suspicion for selling drugs and weapons to prisoners at the Maximum Security Penitentiary II of Viana in Espirito Santo. In addition, the police detained two correctional officers, a former agent, and 10 other suspects involved in drug trafficking. The arrests of these […]

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Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Store Owners in Border Cities Fear Marijuana Legalization in Uruguay

Globo reported on August 5, 2013 that storeowners who reside on the Brazil-Uruguay border in Rio Grande do Sul, fear that the possible legalization of marijuana in Uruguay will change the type of tourists visiting the area. Although the Uruguayan legislation states residents of the country can buy the drug, the law will also need […]

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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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Rondônia, Brazil: 700 kilos of marijuana seized

Globo reported on August 1, 2013 that the civil police in Rondônia confiscated 700 kilos of marijuana as well as detained 10 suspects accused of drug trafficking, including the leader of the gang. According to police, the traffickers hide the drug in furniture and refrigerators inside a truck to be distributed in Porto Velho, Acre […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Drug Seizures Increase

Globo reported on July 31, 2013 that the number of drugs seized in Midwest Paulista, São Paulo has increased. Drug traffickers continue to use trucks to transport large quantities. Police report traffickers hide drugs in gas tanks and in the tires. Particular highways have become major targets for police because the drugs enter from Paraguay […]

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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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Piaui, Brazil: Gang Convicted for Transporting 270kg of Cocaine by Boat

Globo reported on July 25, 2013 that the Federal Court convicted six people who were arrested last year for transporting 270kg of cocaine by sailboat in in the Port of Trapiche in Luis Correia, Piaui. The suspects were caught by the Federal Police in conjunction with the help of the Brazilian Navy. The men face […]

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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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Paraná, Brazil: Police Report Drug and Counterfeit Seizures in Border Regions

On July 24, 2013 ilustrado.com.br reported that within a year the Battalion Border Police in Paraná confiscated about 2 tons of drugs, counterfeit items valued at R$25 million, and more than five thousand packages of smuggled cigarettes valued at R$1.8 million. Many of the seizures have occurred in border areas of Argentina and Paraguay. Commander […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Pope Condemns Latin American Attempt to Liberalize Drug Usage

estadao.com.br reported on July 24, 2013 that Pope Francisco criticized Latin American countries such as Uruguay liberalizing drug usage. After visiting a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, which cares for drug addicts, the Pope labeled drug traffickers as “merchants of death”. Rather than liberalization, the Pope suggested the use of education as a possible solution. […]

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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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Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil: “Operation Border” Seizes Drugs and Electronic Devices

Globo reported on July 21, 2013 that the Federal Police Highway Police in conjunction with “Operation Border” seized numerous amounts of drugs and electronics in Mato Gross do Sul on Saturday (20). Seizures occurred in Itaquiraí with 300kg of marijuana confiscated as well as in Ponta Pora with 30 kg of marijuana and 227 electronic […]

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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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Parana, Brazil: Drug Traffickers Detained for Transporting 100 pounds of Drugs

odiaro.com.br reported on July 16, 2013 that the Federal Police in Mauá da Serra arresed two drug traffickers for transporting 100 pounds of drugs from Campo Grande to Curitiba. The suspects; a Brazilian and Paraguayan, showed suspicion when pulled over and questioned by police. The driver claims to receive U.S. $ 12,000 to deliver the […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Police Arrest 33 Suspects for Drug Trafficking in Rocinha Favela

Globo reported on July 15, 2013 that after numerous hours of wiretapping and the use of camera surveillance, 33 people were arrested in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro, accused of involvement in drug trafficking operations. The revealed conversations do not conclude whether there was police involvement with traffickers although the investigation does not […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Frenchman Detained for Drug Trafficking

Globo reported on July 7, 2013 that the Federal Police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil arrested Frenchman Marc Alain François Beauchamp for international drug trafficking. The man was sentenced in Paris to three years of imprisonment and was ordered for extradition in 2011. In response to his charges, the man will plead for house arrest. […]

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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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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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Goiás, Brazil: Couple Uses School Van to Transport Drugs

Globo reported on July 5, 2013 that a 37-year old man and his 26-year old wife were both detained earlier this week for using a school van to traffic drugs in Goiás. The police seized 105 kilograms of marijuana. The arrest was a result of an operation by the State Police Narcotics Suppression (Denarc) in […]

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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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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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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Increased Presence of Traffickers Raises Fear Amongst Community Residents

On July 2, 2013 Globo reported that the level of fear for residents of Morro da Covanca in Rio de Janeiro has increased as the number of criminals and traffickers in the community has risen. Many residents claim they are being forced out of their homes and of the community and are afraid to address […]

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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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Mato Grosso: Chief Police and Wife Detained for Corruption in Drug Trafficking Scheme

Globo reported on June 29, 2013 that the chief of the Homicide and Protection of Persons and his wife, a Civil Police researcher, were both arrested in Mato Grosso on accusations of protecting drug traffickers. According to police, the couple offered to drug traffickers that with their authoritative power, drug traffickers would not be investigated, […]

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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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Rio Claro, Brazil: Child Education Program to Prevent Increased Cases of Drug Trafficking

On June 28, 2013, Globo reported that the city of Rio Claro is working to educate children and young adolescents about resisting participating in drug trafficking activity. The Educational Program of Resistance to Drugs and Violence is a result of the increased number of drug trafficking cases, which has tripled over the first five months […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Spaniard Detained for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Activity on Three Continents

Terra reported on June 27, 2013 that a Spaniard living in Brazil since 2009 was detained in Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, accused of drug trafficking on three different continents as well money laundering. Federal police arrested the suspect, Oliver Martin Ortiz da Zarate, during Operation Monte Perdido with the help of Portuguese […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Military Officers Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Association

agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br reported on June 19, 2013 that the Justice of São Pedro da Aldeia sentenced 11 military officers and 13 other suspects accused of drug trafficking in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro. The military officers were accused of accepting bribes to not arrest and convict traffickers in drug communities responsible for supplying the […]

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Minas Gerais, Brazil: 870 kg of marijuana seized by Federal Highway Police

On June 18, 2013, Globo reported that the Federal Highway Police; part of “Operation Confederation Cup” meant to patrol the main highways of the country during the event, confiscated 936 tablets of marijuana (870 kg) in Fernão Dias, Minas Gerais. The driver who was arrested claimed the drugs were being transported to Belo Horizonte and […]

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Brazil Will Host UN Committee on Urban Violence in Latin America

Globo reported on June 16, 2013 that two Brazilian jurists will lead a committee by the United Nations this October in Rio de Janeiro, whose mission is to control and offer solutions in regards to increased urban violence in Latin America. The committee will include representatives from 19 countries. The committee will have 18 months […]

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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Police Operation Seizes R$30,000 in Drugs

On June 6, 2013, Globo reported that the civil and military police of Barra Mansa, Rio de Janeiro; through “Operation Recovering Luck”, detained five suspects accused of drug trafficking. Police were investigating the suspects since April 2013. Upon seizure, police confiscated R$30,000 of cocaine, crack, marijuana, firearms, ammunition, and cell phones. According to police, for […]

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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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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Colombian Drug Lord Detained at Airport for False Documentation

correio24horas.com.br reported on June 3, 2013 that the Federal Police this past Friday evening, arrested Colombian drug lord John Freddy Manco Torres, known as “El Indio”, at the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (Galeão) in Rio de Janeiro. “El Indio” was arrested due to the use of a false Spanish passport. He was wanted in […]

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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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Brasilia, Brazil: Police Detain Head Cocaine Trafficker in Region

Globo reported on June 3, 2013, that on Sunday (2), the Civil Police arrested eight suspects; including one man known as Wesley do Espírito Santo assumed to be the main cocaine trafficker in the Federal District. The police report, the seizure of 110 kilograms of cocaine is considered the largest seizure of cocaine in the […]

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Brazil: International Drug Traffickers Detained After Federal Police Operation

On June 4, 2013, Terra reported that the Federal Public Ministry in Rio de Janeiro, in conjunction with the Federal Police and the IRS, concluded a United Nations operations intended to combat a group of 15 suspects; Brazilians, Colombians, Spaniards, and Portuguese, accused of international drug trafficking and money laundering. One investigation included that of […]

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Mato Grosso, Brazil: Drug Abuse Grows in Indigenous Communities

midianews.com.br reported on June 2, 2013 that in Mato Grosso; a state with one of the highest numbers of indigenous people, Indians are suffering from drug addiction; primarily that of cocaine base paste and crack. The government is still uncertain of how to effectively identify and handle the situation. Lectures in such communities have been […]

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Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Adolescent Involvement in Drug Trafficking Increases 192%

zerohora.clicrbs.com.br reported on June 2, 2013 that in Rio Grande do Sul, adolescent involvement in drug trafficking has significantly increased by 192% between March 2008 and March 2013; from 51 to 149 teenagers. The typical age is between 15 and 16-years old. According to experts, the increase is related to the drug market thriving in […]

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Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil: Police Operation to Combat Drug Trafficking in Prisons

Terra reported on May 31, 2013 that the Civil Police of Rio Grande do Norte ended “Operation Elefante Branco” (White Elephant) after arresting 40 suspects accused of supplying drugs from Ceará to Rio Grande do Norte. Police discovered that the gang conducted all purchases, sales, and distributions of the drugs between inmates from within prisons […]

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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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Fortaleza, Brazil: Police Arrest 2 Suspects Transporting 700 kg of Drugs

opovo.com.br reported on May 30, 2013, that the federal police yesterday (29) engaged in the largest drug seizure of this year in Ceará. More than 700 kg of drugs were confiscated in two trucks on the BR-116 in Fortaleza. As well, police seized artifact arson used for explosion in case of a police checkpoint. The […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Investigate Use of Social Networks to Exploit Guns and Drugs

Globo reported on May 28, 2013 that the Civil Police of São Paulo are investigating posted photos of adolescents posing with guns and drugs on social networks such as Facebook and Orkut. Police suggest this has become a new trend predominantly in the poor communities of large Brazilian cities. Lawyer Victor Haikel claims that such […]

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Natal, Brazil: “Operation Alma Doente” Combats Drug Trafficking Organization

tribunadonorte.com.br reported on May 28, 2013 that the Specialized Police in Narcotics released results of “Operation Alma Doente” (Sick Soul), which was intended to combat a drug trafficking organization in Natal and other areas in the state, Rio Grande do Norte. The organization has high active involvement in the drug trade in the state as […]

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Study Reveals Brazil Ranks Number One Consumer of Crack Worldwide

On May 24, 2013, Globo reported that according to a study by the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil is considered the number one consumer of crack worldwide. The study reveals that about one million users live with their families and the number could potentially double, if considering the addicts who live on the streets. […]

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Pará, Brazil: Man Uses School Bus to Transport Drugs

Globo reported on May 20, 2013 that a 33-year old man was detained last weekend for using a school bus in the city of Nova Esperança do Piriá, Pará to transport drugs. The suspect was caught after a complaint about a fight in the vehicle between three teenagers. The police discovered seven “shuttlecocks” of cocaine, […]

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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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São Paulo, Brazil: Police Arrest Suspects for 200 kg of Marijuana

Globo reported on May 17, 2013, five men were detained for drug trafficking activity in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo. The Civil Police report the suspects were part of a larger gang that had been under investigation for six months. The police confiscated 200 kg of marijuana inside one of the suspect’s car on the Anhanguera […]

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Paraíba, Brazil: Four Women Detained on Drug Trafficking Accusations

On May 16, 2012, Globo reported that the civil police arrested four women suspected of drug trafficking for three years in the city of Mari, Paraiba. The police claim the women are part of a larger criminal group made up of 25 members. The group is accused of robberies, drug activity, and committing more than […]

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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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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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Bahia, Brazil: 400 Pounds of Drugs Seized So Far in 2013

On May 14, 2013, Globo reported that regional representatives and agents throughout Brazil are meeting in Salvador, Brazil until Thursday (15) to discuss ways to improve strategies to counteract drug trafficking operations in the country. According to the Federal Police, about 400 pounds of drugs was confiscated in Bahia in just the first four months […]

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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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Colombian narco-trafficker hid drugs in laptop; Attempted to fly to Europe from Peru

Colombian citizen Alba Nidia Rivera Solano was arrested after officials in Peru caught her attempting to leave the country with drugs. She had been carrying a laptop that was concealing the drugs, El Comercio reports. They had been packed into areas designated for the battery, hard drive, and in areas under the keyboard and behind […]

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Man dies after attempting to smuggle drugs into Colombian prison

A 41-year-old man died after attempting to smuggle drugs into the La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia. He had swallowed the drugs, leading him to display signs of physical discomfort, El Tiempo reports. He died shortly after, due to cardiopulmonary arrest brought on by decomposition of the drug. The man and the type of drug […]

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Head of Jalisco cartel arrested by Navy during operation in Mexico

Isaías Flores Pineda, alias “El Crono,” “El Reyito,” and “El Maniaco” was arrested by Naval forces in Veracruz after a citizen complained to authorities about a vehicle with armed passengers. When officials arrived, the occupants of the vehicle attempted to flee, La Jornada Veracruz reports. They were finally caught in front of a hotel in […]

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Drugs located in car of Honduran police agent

A Honduran police officer and two civilians were stopped and arrested as they were driving near the Guatemalan border with $10 thousand in a false compartment. The compartment was located between the back seats and the trunk. Drug-sniffing dogs detected traces of drugs inside the vehicle, leading to the search and seizure.The suspects were identified […]

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Over 30 kilos of marijuana found in abandoned ranch in Mexico

Police in Álamos, Mexico discovered 31 kilos, 600 grams of marijuana hidden inside an abandoned ranch. According to El Regional de Sonora, investigators found the site of the drug stash after detecting it from an air operation. Once searching the ranch, 32 packages containing the marijuana were discovered. Officials also confiscated a press. No arrests […]

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Buried drug plane unearthed near clandestine airstrip in Olancho, Honduras

A twin engine Cessna aircraft was unearthed in El Anís, Olancho, Honduras, near a makeshift runway. According to La Tribuna, residents nearby had seen a plane preparing for landing; however, it soon disappeared from sight. Searches for the plane were futile until a strong odor of gasoline and burned flesh led investigators to unearth the […]

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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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Drug production chemicals found in Guatemala port; Shipped from Russia and China

Three containers with chemicals used for the production of synthetic drugs were found by authorities at the Santo Tomás de Castilla port on the Caribbean. According to Prensa Latina, two of the containers were shipped from Russia and contained 800 kilograms of sodium carbonate. The other, shipped from Shanghai, China, contained 19,600 kilos of sodium […]

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Tunnel between Sonora, Mexico and Arizona, USA used for weapons transport

The tunnel discovered on July 7, 2012 between Sonora, Mexico and Arizona, the United States has confirmed to have been used as a means of transporting weapons. According to Vanguardia, the tunnel was also used to transport money and drugs. This information was released after intensive intelligence work performed by the Mexican Army. The tunnel […]

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Senior citizen arrested in Puerto Rico hiding drugs in genitals; attempted to enter prison

Carmen Valle Feliciano (66) was arrested after officials found her attempting to bring drugs into the Las Cucharas correctional facility in Ponce, Puerto Rico. She had hidden the drugs in her genitals, Noticiero PR reports. 17 Xanax pills, 45.5 grams of marijuana, two cell phones, and a charger, were seized from Valle Feliciano. She had […]

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19 arrested in international drug-trafficking ring, Nicaragua

At least 19 people have been arrested and six more are on the loose after National Police in Nicaragua broke up an international drug-trafficking ring. The arrests occurred after an investigation into the 140 packets of cocaine found on June 19, 2012 in San Carlos, Río San Juan, which were hidden inside seven barrels. According […]

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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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Drug discovery at Port of Maracaibo in Venezuela, 21 tons seized

A large shipment of drugs was intercepted in the afternoon on June 25, 2012 at the Port of Maracaibo, Venezuela. In total, 21 tons of drugs were seized. The type of drug was not specified, but Panorama reports that they were tucked inside rolls of water-proofing material. The drug was found in a storage area, […]

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Man arrested for micro-trafficking in Chillán, Chile

A 50-year-old man was arrested in Chillán, Chile with 136 bundles of coca paste. 69 thousand pesos were also seized, Soy Chile reports. The discovery and arrest occurred after police received an order to investigate the shack in which the man lived, in Vicente Perez Rosales, Chillán. The man faces charges of drug micro-trafficking. His […]

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Guatemala and United States to cooperate in anti-narcotics operation

President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina announced that the United States and Guatemala will work together the coming July in an operation aimed to combat drug trafficking through Guatemala. Guatemala also plans to coordinate efforts with Mexico due to the 900 kilometer border between the two, Siglo 21 reports. Part of the operation will involve […]

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Drug trafficking ring dismantled in Copiapo, Chile

Police in Copiapo, Chile arrested 8 individuals in connection with a drug trafficking ring operating in cities throughout the country. The arrest occurred after one suspect attempted to flee police at a vehicle checkpoint, resulting in a chase and capture. Rectangular packages of drugs were found in the backseat of the truck. The passengers attempted […]

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Two people in Peru caught with drugs hidden in potatoes and beans sack

Approximately 10 kilos of cocaine paste were found hidden in bags of potatoes and beans in Ayacucho, Peru. Agents of the Drug Enforcement Division seized the drugs during an operation that took place along the Los Libertadores roadway at kilometer 317, Diario Correo reports. During the operation, a bus belonging to the company Antezana Hermanos […]

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Car crash reveals 300 kilograms of marijuana in Ecuador

Around 2:30 p.m. on June 17, 2012, a van crashed into a San Remo vehicle in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The van driver had run a stop sign. The accident occurred at Street 20 and Letamendi Street. The van was spotted with license plate number GPC-0364, El Universo reports When police arrived, they discovered 10 packages of […]

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Car carrying marijuana crashes while fleeing from police in Costa Rica

A Costa Rican citizen identified as Gibb and a Jamaican identified as Owens caused a car accident at an intersection in La Suiza de Turrialba, Cartago after attempting to flee from police. Upon seeing the police checkpoint, the two attempted to escape, but crashed their car into an oncoming truck shortly after, La Nación reports. […]

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693 kilos of marijuana seized in school in Paraguay, director arrested

Police discovered 693 kilos of marijuana in the Primero de Marzo school in the city of  Caaguazú, Paraguay, about 175 kilometers east of Asunción, on June 6, 2012. The drug was divided into 47 packages and stored in a closed restroom, La Nueva reports. Alcadio Ramírez, director of the school, was arrested during the seizure. […]

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Truck driver arrested for transporting drugs in Peru

Officials with the anti-narcotics division in Peru arrested Julio Cesar Jinnpe Castilla, a truck driver found to be transporting drugs. The drugs originated in Valle de los Ríos Apurímac and Ene, Diario Correo reports. The driver argued that the truck had been taken to the San Francisco locality in order for him to transport goods. […]

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Buried treasure in Chile: Over one million dollars in drugs found in desert

Two people were arrested and 180 kilos of marijuana were seized after a police operation in the Tocopilla, María Elena and Calama communities in Chile, La Tercera reports. The drug bust began May 25, 2012, when police were patrolling route 240. At around kilometer 10, police spotted a vehicle travelling west at 126 kilometers per […]

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Ecuadorian Police Investigate 2 Networks of Crime Organizations

According to ElComercio.com the arrest of Dan D., a foreigner ten days ago, is an important break in bringing down an international crime organization involved in drug and weapons trafficking. Ecuadorian police say this man along with two accomplices who were also arrested, are important players in a crime network that carries out many illegal […]

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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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Lima, Peru: Police Arrest Taca Airline Crew-Member With Drugs

According to Peru21.pe a Taca Airline crewmember was detained by police of the Dirandro Unit in the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Friday August 12th. Police say he was trying to leave the country with 2 kilos of drugs, cocaine and opium. The crewmember, Ricardo Velasquez Luque was arrested while in the international departures […]

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Juliaca, Peru: Police Seize More Than 14 Kilos of Cocaine

According to RPP.com.pe police seized over 14 kilos of hydrochloride cocaine inside a house in Juliaca. Police say the drugs were in 14 packages, wrapped in duct tape, beige tape and duct tape. During the operation three people were arrested, two women, ages 60 and 35 and a man, 20, whose identities have not been […]

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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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Montecristi, Ecuador: Paramilitary Style Cocaine Lab Discovered by Police

According to ElComercio.com the cocaine lab discovered this past weekend, was built in the style of a paramilitary drug distribution center. Ecuadorian National Police say they discovered tunnels for escape routes, underground storage bays for chemicals, refined cocaine and military-type weapons. Police discovered the laboratory in the zone of Rio Bravo in the canton of […]

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Manabi, Ecuador: Police Find Cocaine Lab

ElComercio.com reports Ecuadorian police discovered a lab dedicated to cocaine preparation today, Monday August 1st in an undercover operation in the province of Manabi. Officers say members of the Anti-Narcotics unit found the lab in a house in the zone of Montecristi. An unidentified officer says one person was arrested while weapons and chemicals were […]

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Colombian Authorities Find 2 kilos of Liquid Cocaine

•In the north of Bogota, Colombia, the CTI* found 2 kilos of liquid cocaine in 61 preservatives. •According to cmi.com.co, traffickers were planning to transport them through “mulas**.” •The people captured in the operation will be prosecuted for narcotics trafficking. Read Article ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ * CTI stands for Cuerpo Técnico de Investigación (Technical Body of Investigation) […]

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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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Ibarra, Ecuador: Abandoned Truck With 1.2 Tons of Marijuana

ElComercio.com reports that Ibarra police discovered a truck with 1.2 tons of marijuana in the center of the city. Officials say the marijuana shipment was found this past weekend, however an official announcement occurred today, Monday July 18th. The commander of police in the northern zone, Saul Subia says the load is the largest registered […]

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Ecuadorian Police Seize 741kg of Cocaine in Manta

Hoy.com.ec reports that today, July 5th, the Ecuadorian police seized 741kg of cocaine in the Manta fishing port. Officials say that the value of the bust is estimated between $30 million and $45 million. Officers seized the cocaine during a boat inspection of the shipyard. Colonel Wladimir Leon, head of the Narcotics Police say that […]

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