Brazilian Couple Detained in Spain for International Drug Trafficking Charges

On August 22, 2013, Terra reported that a Brazilian couple was detained in Ibiza, Spain for international drug trafficking. The couple, who acted as “mules”, was part of a gang that transports cocaine and ecstasy from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo and to Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Interpol with the help of the Federal Police of Rio de Janeiro located the fugitives. Read Article

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Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: Passenger Uses Windsurf Board to Transport Cocaine

Terra reported on August 10, 2013 that the Federal Police seized 14.7 kilograms of cocaine hidden within a windsurfing board at the Salgado Filho International Airport in Porto Alegre. Police as well confiscated 2,000 euros. The drug was destined to Barcelona, Spain. Police suspected suspicion from the 26-year-old man due to his behavior, the presence […]

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Brazil and Spain Conduct Joint-Operation Against Human Trafficking

Terra reported on July 7, 2013 that the Federal Police with the help of the Spanish police conducted “Operation Nymphs” both in Brazil and Spain against a gang suspected of trafficking woman. The gang is responsible for exploiting Brazilian women in Spain by promising work and instead forcing prostitution. Nine arrests were made in two […]

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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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Spanish Companies Invest in Hotels in Brazil to Support Domestic Tourism

On July 2, 2013, Globo reported that Spanish companies will invest in the hotel industry in Brazil as a means to increase domestic tourism rather than international tourism for the two upcoming world events in the upcoming years. The Brazilian government wants to increase foreign tourists to 8 million by 2016 as last year; Brazil […]

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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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Spanish drug mule arrested in Dominican Republic with cocaine

Spanish citizen Amparo Nieto Saenz de Santamaria was arrested in the Puna Cana airport in the Dominican Republic for attempting to traffick drugs to Spain. She had hidden the drugs in a disposable diaper she was wearing and underneath black tights. The total weight of the drugs was one kilo, 40 grams, Noticias Mundo Vision […]

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Drugs from Brazil found in airport in Madrid, Spain

Officials in Madrid, Spain arrested two individuals who attempted to bring 16 kilograms of cocaine into the country. They had arrived in the airport on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Europa Press reports. Both suspects were of Brazilian nationality. They had hidden the cocaine in two cardboard boxes in their luggage. They intended to […]

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

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

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Suspicious Venezuelan plane grounded in the Canary Islands

Officials stopped a plane in Gran Canaria that had travelled from Venezuela to the Canary Islands after Interpol alerted the aircraft might have been carrying drugs. The private jet was believed to have been transporting drugs disguised as humanitarian aid, according to El Nacional. Three people had been travelling in the plane. Dozens of packages […]

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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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Human trafficking networks cover six countries; Reports of electric torture in Bolivia

Networks of human trafficking appear to operate in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Spain and the United States, according to Opinion. They recruit by using publications in the media, in social networks, employment agencies, with advertisements, or by kidnapping and abduction. Among the uses of trafficked persons, who are mostly women and girls, are labor exploitation, […]

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

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

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Six in Peru arrested for plotting to transport drugs to Spain

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

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

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

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One Greek, two Romanians, one Russian found trafficking drugs from Peru

A Greek, two Romanians, and one Russian were arrested at the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, Peru. They were attempting to fly with 7.3 kilos of cocaine to Spain, according to El Tiempo. The Greek, identified as Constantinus K.M. (44) carried two kilos of drugs impregnated in clothing that was hidden in a backpack. The […]

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

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

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Drug traffickers attempt to send 350 kilos of drugs from Chile to Spain; Hidden in rocks

Customs officials at the Port of Arica in Chile intercepted a drug shipment intended for Spain. According to Informe 21, 350 kilos of cocaine were found inside four massive fake rocks. The rocks had been hidden in containers that had been shipped from Bolivia 15 days previously. The weight of the rocks alerted customers officials, […]

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Belgian and Dominican arrested; Attempted to transport drugs to France and Spain

A Belgian citizen was arrested before boarding a plane to Paris, France with five kilos of cocaine hidden in a suitcase. Another individual, from the Dominican Republic, was also arrested before attempting to fly to Madrid, Spain, with capsules of cocaine in the stomach. Both suspects were flying from the Las Americas airport in Santo […]

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Venezuelan forces intercept cocaine shipment to Madrid,Spain

Security officials in Venezuela discovered 220 grams of liquid cocaine in an international shipping company. The drug was intended to be sent to Madrid, Spain, Ultimas Noticias reports. Officials state the discovery was made after intensive intelligence work. It was found contained within a cardboard box after an X-ray machine displayed shadows not typical of […]

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Drug mules caught in Dominican Republic airport; tried to fly to Spain

Two drug mules were arrested in the Santo Domingo airport after attempting to board flights 6500 and UX088 operated by Air Europa and Iberia. According to El Caribe, both women were carrying cocaine. Carina María Ogando Tavarez (19) was carrying 87 bags of cocaine inside a brown suitcase. The drugs were detected after passing through […]

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Drug mule recruiter arrested in Paraguay; sent mules to Spain with cocaine

Marcela Gabina Franco Bogado (43), was arrested outside her home in the Santa Ana district of Asuncion, Paraguay. She is accused of recruiting youths to traffick drugs, particularly cocaine, to Europe in their stomachs and genitals, according to a Color ABC report. A mule captured in the capital’s airport in September 2011 with capsules of […]

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Mexico City airport scandal: Federal agents trafficked drugs to the U.S. and Spain

After three federal police officers were shot by two other officers in the Mexico City airport on June 25, 2012, officials have been investigating an international drug trafficking network operating within the airport. According to Milenio, drug shipments from Colombia, Peru, and Guatemala were permitted through the airport. Corrupt federal agents would encourage customs agents […]

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Drug mule caught in Dominican Republic; flying to Spain with cocaine in stomach

Anyello Tavarez Basora (21) was impeded in the Santo Domingo airport as he attempted to board a plane to Spain with 38 small bags of cocaine in his stomach. He was investigated after security officials noticed suspicious behavior and a radiology test yielded positive results, Noticias Mundo Vision reports. He was taken to an Armed […]

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Spanish athletic director charged with laundering money from drug trafficking in Latin America

José Luis Pérez Caminero, the athletic director of Atlético de Madrid, was charged by a Spanish drug with the crime of money laundering. 19 other individuals were charged with the same crime. The laundered money was a product of drug trafficking in Latin America, specifically concerning Colombian and Mexican organizations. According to a Terra report, […]

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Police thwart new drug route from Panama to Spain

Police in Spain thwarted the formation of a new drug route from Panama to Spain when they arrested six individuals, Panama America reports. The suspects had attempted to create a route by storing and shipping drugs inside ship parts and industrial equipment. 17 kilos of cocaine were found and seized during the police operation. Read […]

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Drug ring broken up in Argentina; known to ship cocaine from Buenos Aires to Europe

Eight people were arrested and 15 kilos of cocaine were seized after security forces broke up a drug trafficking ring attempting to send the drugs from Buenos Aires to Europe. The drugs were found after seven home raids and were in various forms, including capsules and powder. Officials also seized precision scales, equipment used to […]

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Old Portuguese airstrips, forest areas used in drug route from Morocco

Drug traffickers have reportedly been using old airstrips, as well as forest areas near Galicia, Spain to receive drug shipments from Morocco. According to Faro de Vigo, this area lacks law enforcement presence, making it easy for narco-traffickers to operate. To test exactly how easy it would be to traffick drugs into the country, reporters […]

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Seven suspects intending to traffick drugs to Spain arrested in Lima, Peru

Five Spaniards, one Italian and one Peruvian were arrested in Lima, Peru, while attempting to fly to Spain with 17 kilos of cocaine. According to El Correo, the Spaniards taken into custody were Otilio R.S. (51), with 3.9 kilos of cocaine hidden in wine bottles; Eludina R.P. (42), with 2.2 kilos stuffed inside a suitcase; […]

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International drug gang disrupted in Ireland, operated in Spain

Eight individuals have been arrested for participation in international drug trafficking, two of which were stopped in the Dublin airport in Ireland for carrying 500 grams of cocaine hidden in their clothing. Five of the suspects were Colombian, two were Spanish, and one was Ecuadorian. The two arrested in Dublin were women. Police raided two […]

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Italian attempts to fly from Costa Rica to Spain with cocaine-stuffed shampoo bottle

Drug control police arrested Italian citizen Pironti (35) at the Juan Santamaría airport in Costa Rica on May 4, 2014. The suspect was arrested when officials discovered a plastic bag of cocaine stuffed into an empty shampoo bottle inside his suitcase. The cocaine weighed 724 grams, according to Telenoticias. Pironti had been flying from San […]

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60 Mexican narco-traffickers operate between Dominican Republic and Haiti, DEA says

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has provided the Dominican government the names of 60 suspected Mexican narco-traffickers operating between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. These traffickers are thought to be working along a route that transports drugs from Latin America into Puerto Rico or Europe, specifically Spain, Italy, and Germany, Acento reports. The suspects […]

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Paraguay, Cocaine seized at airport

A package was seized today at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Luque, Paraguay containing 3.957 kilos of cocaine hidden among leather car seat covers and a thermos used for drinking a South American tea called yerba maté. Abc.com.py reports that the package was headed for Spain when it was seized by the National Anti-Drug […]

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Peru recovers cultural goods

Peruvian authorities have recently recovered cultural goods that were confiscated in Switzerland, Denmark, and Spain reported HispanTV. The antiques, which were recovered by a joint effort of the Peruvian diplomatic mission and authorities, consisted of 55 pieces of metal, ceramic, and textile of different cultures throughout Peru. Read article.

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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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A new class of drug traffickers in Bolivia, Argentina

The focus of the anti-drug movement in the Southern Cone has traditionally been on Bolivian and northern Argentine citizens used as “mules” who transport drugs around the world, according to lavoz.com.ar. But now the drug cartels have employed, for much cheaper, European “mules” posing as tourists who transport the drugs from Bolivia to Argentina, and […]

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Ecuadorians Retiring in Spain

According to ElComercio.com the governments of Spain and Ecuador have signed an agreement that will allow Spanish and Ecuadorian emigrants to choose between which of the two countries to retire. The announcement was made by the president of the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute (IESS), Ramiro Gonzalez in coordination with the Spanish Ministry of Social Security. […]

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50 Paraguayans receive scholarships for postgraduate studies in Spain

The Carolina Foundation announced today it has awarded scholarships to 50 Paraguayans for postgraduate studies in Spanish universities, according to abc.com.py. The director of the foundation traveled to Asunción to meet with the students who will start taking classes in Spain in October or January. Since the start of the foundation in 2001, 13.5 thousand […]

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‘Anonymous’ Member Who Coordinated Latin American Attacks Arrested

According to lavozdeasturias.es the Anonymous member who coordinated web attacks on Latin American government organizations, was arrested in a sting operation on May 20th. La Voz acquired access to court sealed documents where the suspect is being charged with electronic crimes and illicit association to a cyber terrorist group. The suspect, alias Devnuller, hid the […]

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Video: Investigation into the trafficking of women in Paraguay

A special report from cuatro.com television in Spain invertigats the business of trafficking women for sex from Paraguay to Europe, per abc.com.py. The interviewers talk with prosecutors, members of the business who have been arrested, reveal details of the business and visit Alto Paraná, Paraguay, one of the most dangerous places in the world. The […]

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Colombia, 10th Destination for Spaniards Seeking Work

•Having one of the highest unemployment rates in the European Union, Spaniards have been moving mostly to Latin America in order to find work as 20.7% of the Spanish population is without work per dinero.com. •Colombia is 10th among the countries that Spaniards travel to in order to find work with countries such as Argentina […]

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Spanish police dissolve Paraguayan human and drug trafficking network

Police led an operation today in Spain that broke up a human and drug trafficking network in Málaga and Fuengirola that was forcing illegal immigrants from Paraguay to become prostitutes to pay off their debt to the company for flying them to Spain. According to abc.com.py, the network was run by a Spanish man and […]

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Young Argentine detained in Spanish airport

18-year-old Argentine citizen, Jorge Luis Parsisi, has been detained in Baragas International Airport in Madrid for the past 2 days. Parsisi had just arrived in Spain at the time of his arrest and has a valid passport and a return ticket to Buenos Aires for June 13, but was detained at the airport because he […]

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Colombian National Killed in a Traffic Accident in Spain

According to eldiario.com.co, a tour vehicle hit and killed Carlos Andrés García Valencia at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday as he was crossing the Avenida Villajoyosa in Alicante, Spain. His family in Santa Rosa de Cabal is attempting to return his body to Colombia. Read Article

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