End of “Operation Barriers” in Manaus, Brazil

Globo reported on May 27, 2103, the end of “Operation Barriers” which was designed to increase security in the streets of Manaus as well as combat drug trafficking and illegal possession of weapons. Started this past Friday, the operation closed 48 bars, confiscated 36 vehicles, and detained 19 suspects. The Public Security Bureau of Amazonas talked with more than 8,000 people and inspected 9,000 vehicles. As well, the Police located 183 packages of different drugs. Read Article

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Ecuador: Family from Chicago living near Bahia de Caraquez, victims of home invasion – assault

On October 7, 2012, at 12:30 am, an expatriate couple from Chicago, Illinois and their thirteen-year-old daughter were asleep. In their newly constructed home, at a development outside of San Vicente Ecuador called “Palmas de Briceno”, three assailants broke into the residence through a window. Two of criminals were armed with handguns, and the third […]

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Seven kilos of cocaine paste and 280 kilos of coca leaves seized in Peru

Over the course of several operations, police in Peru were able to seize seven kilos of cocaine paste and 280 kilos of dried coca leaves. In the town of Tutumbaru, a total of seven kilos, 300 grams of cocaine paste were seized, Info Region reports. Alex Urquizo (22) was arrested in one operation, in which […]

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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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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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Head of La Familia Michoacana drug trafficking organization caught in Mexico

Juan Carlos Muñoz Vargas (36), alias “El Pariente, was captured during a police raid in the city of Toluca, Mexico. He is believed to be a leader of the La Familia Michoacana drug trafficking organization, Antena 3 reports. He ordered at least 20 murders during his time in the cartel, according to officials. El Pariente […]

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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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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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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 suspects caught in Merliot City, El Salvador trafficking cocaine

After two raids in Merliot City, El Salvador, police arrested four people charged with trafficking drugs. 142 portions of cocaine, valued at about $3 thousand, and a 12-mm gun were seized, El Mundo reports. Investigators stated that the arrests were the product of a two-month investigation. José Carlos Sosa (39), Julio César Cortez Flores (32), […]

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Nearly a ton of cocaine confiscated in Ecuador; destined for U.S. and Europe

Raids on two houses in Guayas, Peru, revealed almost a ton of cocaine that was supposedly destined for the United States and Europe. Seven people were arrested during the operation, Radio Centro reports. In one of the houses, a laboratory was discovered, in which cocaine was hidden inside cans of tuna. Neighbors claimed to have […]

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Over a ton of marijuana hidden in supposed timber truck, stopped in Pilar, Argentina

Ten people were arrested after a truck supposedly transporting a timber shipment was stopped in Pilar, Argentina. Over a ton of marijuana was discovered inside, El Siglo reports. The investigation leading to the capture began three months previously when officials realized there was a marijuana ring operating in the Pilar and González Catán areas. After […]

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Colombian and Venezuelan arrested in Paraguay for drug possession

Police in Paraguay arrested Colombian Ulisis Peñalosa (57) and Venezuelan Fernando Stimac (43) in Asunción for drug possession. According to El Tiempo, police discovered cocaine during a raid on two houses in the city, one in Villa Morra and the other in Santísima Trinidad. Police reported 266 packages of cocaine were found in the first […]

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More than a ton and a half of marijuana found in Tijuana, Mexico

Two suspects were arrested after officials discovered over 683 pounds of marijuana in Tijuana, Mexico. Univision Noticias reports the seizure and arrests occurred during an operation in which police pulled over a grey 2004 Volkswagen Jetta. Two passengers were identified as Leopoldo Aguirre Hernández (47) from Jalisco, and Francisco Villa Valencia (41) from Michoacán. Both […]

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Mother and son arrested in drug raid in Guatemala

Antonia Reyna Rivera, 41, and her 15-year-old son were arrested after a raid revealed a stash of drugs including marijuana and crack cocaine in their home. The two resided in the El Porvenir neighborhood in La Gomera, Escuintla, Guatemala, the government reports. 55 bags of marijuana, 45 stones of crack cocaine, 4 inhalation tubes, weapons, […]

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Second cocaine “kitchen” found in Escobar, Argentina

On June 11, 2012, officials discovered a cocaine kitchen during a home raid in the El Cazador neighborhood of Escobar, Argentina, where they seized 740 kilos of cocaine. A few days later in the same area, another cocaine kitchen was discovered, according to La Nación. Police involved in the raid stated that both discoveries were […]

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Cocaine “kitchen” found in Argentina; part of possible drug route to Europe

About a ton of high-purity cocaine was discovered in Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina in what has been described as a cocaine “kitchen.” The finding was confirmed by officials; however, as raids continue, police have declined to release additional information in the case it could hinder the ongoing investigations. 26 Noticias reports that the drugs were […]

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Police make most important drug discovery in history of Chubut, Argentina, officials say

What was described as the most important drug discovery in the history of Chubut, Argentina occurred during a raid on June 6, 2012. Almost 40 kilos of marijuana were found buried on the property of a former pork butcher shop, El Patagónico reports. Four defendants have been identified in the case, including one individual suspected […]

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Hitman “El Chino” caught in San José Pínula, Guatemala

Edgar Rolando Acute Alfaro (27), alias “El Chino,” was captured June 5, 2012, in a raid in San José Pínula, Guatemala. He was wanted for murder and attempted murder, Prensa Libre reports. He is accused of leading an armed attack on April 5 that occurred on the road to Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, in which two people […]

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Cocaine kitchen disbanded in Lomas de Zamora, Argentina

Local police of Ingeniero Budge in Lomas de Zamora disbanded a cocaine kitchen yesterday at dawn, according to inforegion.com.ar. The raid occurred after police discovered two suspicious men, who appeared to be guarding a door, during a routine check of the area. The men fled after noticing the police and officers entered the house they […]

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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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Tulcan, Ecuador: Falsified Pills Found in Raids

ElNorte.ec reports on Tuesday, July 19th altered medication was found in two houses in the south of Tulcan by the Ecuadorian National Police. Officials say a secret lab was also discovered. Police say tools and equipment for the manufacturing of altered medication were found in the two places. Additionally, police say in the first location […]

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Spanish Police Dismantle Drug Ring Using Dog Food Cans, Ecuadorian Ties

According to ElUniverso.com Spanish police in Madrid, Spain dismantled a drug ring that ran between many European and South American countries, including Ecuador, on Friday July 15th. Officials say drugs, like heroin and cocaine, were hidden in cans of dog food and put on airplanes that delivered them to their destination. The Spanish Interior Ministry […]

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Drug burning in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The National Police force, along with Security Minister Nilda Garré, burned 17 tons of marijuana and 428 kilos of cocaine today in Tortuguitas, in partido de Malvinas, Buenos Aires, according to noticiasdel6.com. The drugs burned were seized in drug trafficking raids from Misiones, Chaco, Salta, Corrientes and Lomas de Zamora in Buenos Aires. Major security […]

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

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

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

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

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Argentina, Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo headquarters raided

The Superintendency of Investigations of the Argentine Federal Police raided the headquarters of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo Foundation this afternoon located in the Congreso neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The raid was ordered by judge Norberto Oyarbide after the former leader of the organization, Sergio Schoklender, was charged with allegedly embezzling public funds […]

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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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Argentine Police confiscate largest quantity of cocaine paste ever, 12 million doses

Following a series of 25 raids by Buenos Aires police, more than 12 million doses of paco, cocaine paste, were seized today and 13 people were arrested in Lomas de Zamora. The operation has led to the disbandment of a gang called “Los Matatigres” who have been in operation for over 20 years committing crimes […]

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