Amapa, Brazil: Military Police Officer Charged with Providing Information to Traffickers

Globo reported on July 7, 2013 that Military Police officer Marcelo Cavalcante of Amapa, Amazonas was charged for providing information to traffickers about civil and military investigations on drug trafficking in Macapa. Cavalcante was head of operations for the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) prior to dismissal. Information provided to traffickers by Cavalcante allowed traffickers to alter strategies to avoid police operations. The military police officer can face 2- 6 years of imprisonment as well as a cash fine. Read Article

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 1,200 Demonstrators Protest on Final Day of the Confederations Cup

Globo reported on June 30, 2013 that the final day for the Confederations Cup, about 1,200 people protested outside the Maracanã stadium. The protest began early in the morning with 5,000 participants holding signs about ending corruption and refusing to privatize the Maracanã stadium. The protests, which became confrontational between protesters and the police, resulted […]

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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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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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Brazil: Use of Scanners Along the Border to Combat Organized Crime

On June 3, 2013, Terra reported that President Dilma announced the use of mobile scanners to help combat organized crime along border areas. The modernized scanners will be able to detect drugs and weapons inside trucks, cars, as well as drugs hidden in tires. The federal government will spend R$30 million to border states to […]

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Paraná, Brazil: Police Confiscate R$ 21 Million in Smuggled Goods

londrina.odiario.com reported on May 31, 2013 that the Battalion Border Police confiscated more than R$ 21 million in smuggled goods over the past 10 months. The commander of the battalion states all seizures do not only reflect the success of combating illegal activity in the areas of Paraná, but of areas all over the country, […]

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Brazil: Air Force and Federal Police Join Forces With Use of Drones

Globo reported on May 23, 2013 the first joint action by the Brazilian Air Force and the Federal Police to use drones to help monitor crimes in Paraná, alongside the border with Paraguay. With infrared cameras and thermal sensors, police can locate drugs in cars and boats from above; a more helpful way to track […]

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Military Sergeant Sentenced 100 Years for Rape Charges

otempo.com.br reported on May 22, 2013 that Police Military official, Sergeant Alexander Lourenco da Silva who was arrested and imprisoned since March 8, is accused of raping seven women and attempting to abuse another two in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The decision, released on Wednesday, sentenced the suspect to 101 years, five months, and 12 days […]

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Brazil: Launch of Operation Ágata 7 to Patrol Entire Border

capitalnews.com.br reported on May 20, 2103, Operation Ágata 7; consisting of 25,000 militants to patrol the entire Brazilian border. Numerous government agencies such as the Federal Highway Police, Internal Revenue Service, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, will work together in this operation to patrol and combat cross-border crimes such as arms and ammunition trafficking, drug […]

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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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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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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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Soldiers caught transporting drugs in Colombia

Five soldiers and four civilians were caught carrying 603 kilos of cocaine while traveling along a highway in Colombia in the Antioquia area. The suspects were wearing camouflage clothing and were carrying weapons. According to Terra Noticias, a lieutenant and a corporal were among the arrested individuals. The van in which they travelled was stopped […]

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Ecuadorian Air Force Suspends Shipment of Cheetah Planes

According to ElUniverso.com the Ecuadorian Air Force (FAE) has suspended the shipment of Cheetah fighter-bombers from South Africa until an investigation is concluded into an accident that injured an air force pilot on Monday, August 15th. Navy representatives say the pilot, Galo Alvarez, was able to land safely at the Taura Air Force Base after […]

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Colombian – Ecuadorian Border: Shootout Leaves Young Ecuadorian Dead, Soldier Wounded

According to ElComercio.com a young Ecuadorian was willed and an Ecuadorian soldier wounded during a confrontation between the Ecuadorian military and a group of FARC guerillas located on the Colombian side of the San Miguel River. Officials say the confrontation occurred last Thursday, August 11th while a military patrol was performing control operations along the […]

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Venezuelan ELN Member Captured in Colombia

•The Colombian army has captured ELN members alias Guiro and El Loco, the first of which is Venezuelan, during a military strike against a stronghold in the northeast of Colombia in San Andrés, Santander. •El Espectador reports that the captured individuals were working on recruiting people as well as creating a mobility corridor between Santander […]

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Military Conflict Forces 50 Rural Families to Leave Pradera, Colombia

•50 rural families, 170 people, have had to leave Pradera, Valle del Cauca, Colombia due to military conflict with FARC in the area. •El Espectador reveals that three soldiers have died and 3 others were injured in a mine field. •The families still do not know when they will be able to return to their […]

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Military and Police Summit Between Colombia and Venezuela to be Held in Cúcuta

•In Cúcuta, Colombia, there will be a summit between military and police forces of Colombia and Venezuela in order to discuss actions against guerilla groups such as FARC and the ELN. •The main point will be better control of the border area, and the summit will serve to carry out the anti-drug agreement signed April […]

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Rio Napo, Ecuador: Soldier Dies, Authorities Investigating

According to EcuadorInMediato.com the Ecuadorian military announced the death of the Corporal Ivan Marcelo Gadbay Naranjo of the Special Operations Battalion and commander of the Panacocha Unit on Thursday July 21st. Army officials say Naranjo was located between the provinces of Sucumbios and Orellana. Authorities are investigating the incident, which due to preliminary investigations has […]

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FARC Attempts to Use a “Donkey Bomb”

•In the south of Colombia, FARC exploded a donkey bomb, and according to feeds.univision.com, no human injuries or deaths resulted from the explosion. •FARC was attempting to move the donkey, fitted with 40 kilos of explosives, to the center of the hamlet Guayabal in Caquetá. •This action demonstrates FARC’s desperation in the face of the […]

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Galapagos Islands: Fishing Boat Detained Inside Reserve Area

According to ElComercio.com the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) reported this afternoon the detention of a fishing vessel, Fer Mary I, while finishing fishing operations inside the 20-mile area of the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). Fer Mary I’s enrollment number is P-04-00608 and Manta is its port of registry. Officials say Galapagos sea rangers and […]

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Video: Celebration of Colombian Independence Day

•The video by El Espectador shows the festivities which included a Mass during which Monsignor Rubén Darío Salazar called for peace and dialogue as opposed to violence. •The helicopter used during the Jaque Operation, in which several hostages were freed, was displayed. •President Santos gave the Gran Cruz (Great Cross) to members of the armed […]

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Ayacucho, Peru: Two Military Officers Die in Shootout with Terrorists

Peru21.pe reports that two soldiers were killed this morning, Tuesday July 19th, in a shootout with terrorists in Llochegua in the Ayacucho province. Officials say the attack occurred during a patrol of Llochegua, where two soldiers were wounded as well. The military patrol belonged to the Base Against Terrorism, “Mantaro Union. Officers of the Joint […]

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Mexico Discovers Largest Marijuana Field in its History

The Mexican Army discovered a 300-acre marijuana field hidden among tomato plants in Baja California, ABC España reports. The size of the farm is equivalent to approximately 225 football fields and is considered to be the largest on record in Mexico. Six people were arrested in conjunction with the find. According to military leaders, the […]

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Peru: Orchestrator of 1985 Accomarca Mass Murder Returns Extradited From U.S.

According to ElUniverso.com the ex-captain of the Peruvian Army Telmo Hurtado returned to Peru after being extradited from Miami, this past Thursday July 14th. Hurtado is the main suspect in the slaughter of 69 peasants in the Ayacucho community of Accomarca during the search for members of the Shining Path in August 1985. During the […]

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Colombian Military Deactivates FARC Motorcycle Bomb

•The Colombian military has deactivated a motorcycle bomb that was reportedly installed by FARC in a road between Cauca and Valle del Cauca in southeast Colombia. •The road is functioning normally and is being patrolled by the Police and Army as revealed by EFE. •During an operation in which the military freed two country people, […]

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Military Commander Defends Acts of Public Order in Cauca, Colombia

•Military Commander Admiral Édgar Cely has defended the military’s acts of public order in Cauca, Colombia in response to requests for the resignation of Minister of Defense Rodrigo Rivera and other top members of the military. •According to RCN Radio, these requests have come from members of the civil society. •Cely maintained that FARC and […]

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Second Lieutenant Denies Guilt for Rape of Young Girl and Murder of Three Siblings Arauca, Colombia

•Second Lieutenant Raúl Muñoz Linares denies having raped a 13-year-old girl and having murdered three siblings in Tame, Arauca, Colombia. •Semana.com reveals that the case has been postponed 5 times. •In November of 2010, he did confess to having sexual relations with two girls, which according to Muñoz was consensual, and is currently being processed […]

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Ecuador, Manabi Receives Funds to Improve Security

Hoy.com.ec reports on Wednesday July 6th that Ecuadorian Interior Minister, Jose Serrano announced the Manabi Province will receive $15 million for security improvements. Serrano says that Manta will be the first city with security cameras installed on all urban transportation services. Officials report that the Pacific Eloy Alfaro Refinery, the Municipality of Manta and the […]

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Ecuadorian Military Guard Ordered to Withdraw from Water Plant

According to Hoy.com.ec last night, July 4th, the Ecuadorian military guarding the water plant of Victoria del Portete, a rural community of the Cuenca province, was withdrawn. Officials say Governor Humberto Cordero, ordered the withdrawal of police and military stationed at the water plant since Saturday. Additionally, officials say that the governor acted with the […]

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FARC Head Escapes Colombian Military for the Third Time

•Despite rumors that FARC head member Alfonso Cano had been captured, he has escaped the Colombian military for the third time. •RCN Radio reports that during an operation performed by the Colombian military last Wednesday, Alfonso Cano fled the encampment between the Cauca and Huila departments. •The military had received information about the top FARC […]

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Girl Found Naked and Under Effects of Scopolamine Admitted to Hospital, Colombia

•The girl identified as 19-year-old Milena Beltrán was drugged with scopolamine, commonly referred to as “burundanga,” and left naked near a military garrison. •As radiosantafe.com reports, the doctors of Hospital Simón Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia and Police are still attempting to determine is sexual abuse was involved and if the girl is mentally ill. •The […]

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Colombia, Scammers Use Military Identification to Request Loans

•The Gaula Military Cundinamarca and the CTI performed a raid and captured three culprits responsible for using falsified military identification as reported by elespectador.com. •In the raid, the authorities also found items such as military ID, uniforms solely meant for the military, credit and debit cards and bank documentation. •At least 50 military personnel have […]

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FARC Recruits Indigenous Adolescents in Cauca, Colombia

•Three young natives, two of them minors, turned themselves in to the Colombian military last week in Inzá, Cauca per servindi.org/actualidad/46107. •The three indigenous youths reported that within the last two months, FARC has recruited 15 minors between the ages of 12 and 15 with recruitment focusing on the areas of Toribío, Corinto, La Caldera, […]

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3 Ecuadorian Soldiers on Active Duty Caught Transporting Uniforms to Colombian Irregular Groups

• Three soldiers in active service were attempting to transport 200 military uniforms from Ecuador to irregular Colombian groups and were caught by the Unidad de Lucha Contra el Crimen Organizado del Ecuador as reported by. • A similar attempt was made a month ago to transport 600 uniforms through the northern border. Read Article

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Lack of Military Support Allowed Taking of Las Delicias

•Magistrate Maricio Fajarado asserts that the military did not take the necessary preventative measures to prevent the attack and seizure of base Las Delicias according to caracol.com.co. •He points to the lack of a patrol and the fact that reinforcements came a day late in the failure to protect Las Delicias. •This case is under […]

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Colombia, Head of the Communist Party Killed in Area with High Military Concentration

•Laradiodelsur.com reports that Carlos Lozano, the director of the magazine Voz de Colombia, stresses that four other deaths are being investigated in the place where Argimiro Hernández was killed in the Tolima department. •Lozana describes that Alfonso Cano, leader of FARC, performs operations in the site at the entrance of the Cañon de las Hermosas […]

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Colombia, Video Shows Military Discovery of FARC Weapons

The video from elpais.com.co reveals a military operation in which, after being attack by members of the Sixth Front of FARC, military personnel search a rural estate in Caloco, Cauca to find ammunition, explosives and other weapons to be used by FARC.

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