Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Suspects Face Prison for Rape of American Tourist

Globo reported on August 15, 2013 that the court of the state of Rio de Janeiro sentenced three suspects accused of raping an American tourist in Copacabana on March 30 of this year. The three suspects raped the American tourist in a van while her French boyfriend was handcuffed and beaten with an iron bar. Two suspects face 49 years in prison, including crimes of burglary, rape and extortion while the other suspect was sentenced to 21 years in prison for rape and extortion. Read Article

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Brasilia, Brazil: U.S. Denies Publicly Speaking About Spying on Brazilian Citizens

agenciabrasil.ebc.com.br reported that the United States refused to publicly explain to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brazil the current issue of spying on Brazilian citizens by the NSA. The meeting today at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia stated the U.S. is waiting on orders from the State Department in Washington on how to properly […]

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U.S. State Department Assessment on Brazil’s Effort to Combat Human Trafficking

Terra reported on June 19, 2013 that an assessment report by the U.S. State Department announced that although Brazil does not abide by the minimum standards necessary to combat human trafficking, it is making effort for improvement. The U.S. State Department claims that Brazilian law to prohibit trafficking is vaguely defined. Aside from human trafficking, […]

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Brazil: U.S. Vice President Visits Brazil to Strengthen Energy Partnership

epocanegocios.globo.com reported on May 29, 2013 that the vice president of the United States, Joseph Biden, will commence his visit to Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, during a three-day stay in the country. Biden will meet with President Dilma and other officials to discuss topics including a strengthened partnership in energy, development projects in the […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Suspects Accused of Raping American Tourist Attend Court Hearing

Terra reported on May 21, 2013 that the Criminal Court in Rio de Janeiro held a hearing on Monday about the rape case of a female American tourist inside a van on March 30 of this year in São Gonçalo, Rio . The four suspects who remained silent in court, are charged with rape, robbery, […]

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Brazilian Foreign Minister Visits U.S. to Discuss World Economy

jornalagora.com.br reported on May 19, 2013 that Brazilian Foreign Minister, Antonio Patriota, and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, will meet on Monday, 20, in Washington D.C. to discuss topics such as the world economy, issues pertaining to G-20, and areas in education, science, and technology. Among the issues to be discussed, is the US-Brazil […]

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American Dies After 16,000 kilometer Journey to Brazil

On May 15, 2013, Globo reported a 42-year old American by the name Richard Swanson who planned to walk 16,000 kilometers from Seattle, Oregon to Brazil, died. He was struck by a truck while walking alongside a road in Lincoln City, Oregon. Swanson’s journey to Brazil with a soccer ball at his feet was to […]

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Man arrested after attempting to enter U.S. from Mexico with drugs strapped to body

A 57-year-old was detained after U.S. customs officials caught him with drugs strapped to his body as he attempted to cross the border. He had intended to pass into the United States from Reynosa, Mexico to Hidalgo, Texas. The suspect had legal documents to prove he was a citizen of the United States, but had […]

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Austria detains Mexican narco-trafficker wanted by U.S. DEA

Austrian officials detained a 43-year-old Mexican citizen, supposedly a member of a drug trafficking organization, that was wanted by the U.S. DEA. After receiving information that the suspect was in Austria, he was finally arrested in the Vienna airport, Excelsior reports. He was wanted for transporting large amounts of cocaine from South America to Central […]

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Speedboat located by U.S. near Dominican Republic linked to drug cartel

After a U.S. spy plane spotted a speedboat in Dominican waters, four Colombians were arrested: Aluchom Castro, Arechelleo Bocaleo, Rubén Bucaria and Micton Sretellea. They were trafficking one ton of cocaine, Diario Libre reports. The United States requested the extradition of the suspects. According to authorities, the suspects were members of a major South American […]

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Nearly two tons of cocaine seized in the Caribbean region over weekend

Nearly two tons of cocaine were seized in the Caribbean in two operations during the August 18, 2012 weekend. The first operation took place near San Blas Islands, Panama. According to Fox News Latino, a go-fast type boat was found by Colombian officials carrying 1,362 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride. No arrests were reported. The second […]

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Two drug traffickers caught at Mexico-U.S. border with over $800 thousand in drugs

U.S. customs officials arrested two drug traffickers in separate incidents along the border and seized over $800,000 worth of drugs. The first arrest took place between Matamoros and Brownsville, Texas. A vehicle that attempted to cross the border was sent to a second inspection, according to the Informador. Four packages were found in the car […]

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Wooden statuettes stuffed with cocaine to be sent from Chile to United States

Small wooden figurines stuffed with cocaine were confiscated by Chilean officials in Santiago before they were sent to the United States through private mail. They were concealing about 1 kilogram of cocaine, Municipios al Dia reports. The statuettes, wooden horses, were also packed with carbon paper, which helped conceal the drugs from X-rays. The drugs […]

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Two Guatemalan women sanctioned by U.S. for involvement with Los Zetas

The United States sanctioned two women from Guatemala who laundered money for a drug trafficking organization associated with the Mexican Los Zetas cartel. The women were identified as Cristina Stetanel Castellanos Chacón and María Corina Saenz Lehnhoff, alias María Corina Del Pinal. According to Publimetro, the person running the organization was Marlory Dadiana Chacón Rossell. […]

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Officials break up Colombia-United States drug trafficking ring

Authorities in Colombia and the United States captured three Colombians involved in a drug-trafficking ring that operated between Colombia and New York City. The suspects, identified as Juan Fernando Mejía Saldarriaga, Germán Darío Estrada Montoya, and Roberto Bustamante Ballesteros, are reported to be the main contacts of the ring. The drug network is believed to […]

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Mexican narco-trafficker extradited to United States; Linked to Sinaloa cartel

The Mexico narco-trafficker Sandra Avila Beltrán, also known as the Queen of the Pacific, has been extradited to the United States. She was wanted for transporting drugs into the United States, Terra reports. She was accused in 2007 of assisting in the transport of cocaine from Colombia into Mexico. The Sinaloa Cartel would then send […]

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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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Suspect with U.S. passport stopped in Mexican airport with cocaine in stomach

A man with 69 capsules of cocaine was arrested in the Tijuana international airport in Mexico after displaying signs of stomach pain at the baggage claim.  The suspect, Abel Valencia Díaz (23), carried a U.S. passport, but is originally from Jalisco, Azteca Noticias reports. He had  swallowed 46 capsules, hidden 14 in his underwear, and […]

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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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Drugs from Arizona make their way to airport in Puerto Rico

Anti-narcotics officials in the Luis Muñoz Marín airport in Carolina, Puerto Rico discovered two pounds of marijuana. The discovery was made in a private corridor in the airport, according to a Vocero report. The drugs were wrapped in plastic and are believed to have come from the state of Arizona. The intended destination of the […]

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Mexican cartels coerce undocumented laborers to cultivate marijuana plantations

Cartels in Mexico have discovered that using undocumented laborers to cultivate marijuana plantations helps them avoid detection and arrest. By monitoring plantations in forested areas along the border, especially in California, cartel members working in areas such as Los Angeles, Sinaloa, and Tijuana are able to evade capture. According to Univision Noticias, many undocumented individuals […]

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United States, Honduras dispute over drug routes through Honduras

According to the U.S. State department, 79% of aircrafts transporting cocaine stop in Honduras. The department claims that drug shipments by air from South America often make their first stop in Honduras. Drug-trafficking continues to increase in the country, according to Tiempo. When the U.S. released this statement, President Porfirio Lobo sent a representative to […]

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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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Leader of Los Urabeños gang flew to Honduras on stolen Colombian plane

Alexánder Montoya Úsuga, believed to be the second-in-command of the Los Urabeños gang, was arrested on July 17, 2012 in Honduras. He was wanted for flying on an aircraft previously stolen from the El Dorado airport in Colombia, UPI Español reports. He is also believed to have been responsible for ordering and renting airplanes used […]

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Fishermen from Ecuador traffick cocaine to Costa Rica; Caught by U.S. Coast Guard

Four fishermen from Ecuador were captured by members of the United States Coast Guard with 360 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride. The drugs were found on board a boat named “Santa Martha,” La Hora reports, and was headed toward Costa Rica. The vessel had departed from the Esmeraldas province. The suspects claimed they were hired to […]

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Three reggaeton artists investigated by US DEA; attended narco-trafficker’s wedding

Reggaeton singer Arcángel and the Jowell and Randy duet are under investigation in the United States after officials discovered the three artists attended the wedding celebration of arrested narco-trafficker Camilio Torres, alias “El Fritango.” The singers were hired as entertainment at the party, El Universal reports. The party was to last several days at the […]

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Woman arrested with shipment of cocaine at Mexico-US border

A woman was arrested after a drug seizure took place on a bridge between Texas, the United States and Reynosa, Mexico. She was spotted driving a 2001 Ford Focus by customs officials, according to Metro Noticias. After checking her documents, officials sent her to a secondary inspection, where vehicle discrepancies were noticed. With the help […]

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Mexico: Members of Sinaloa cartel arrested ; Wanted in United States

Two of the top 24 members of the Sinaloa cartel suspected to operate in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico were arrested along the border by officials. Fernando Arellano-Romero (24), also known as “Rayo”, “24″, “Gamma,” and “Blue Demon” was identified as one of the suspects. The other was identified as Daniel Franco López, alias “Micha,” […]

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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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Seven U.S. citizens attended wedding party of arrested Colombian drug trafficker

Seven U.S. citizens, including three police officers, attended the party of Colombian drug trafficker Camilo Torres, alias “Fritanga.” Torres had been arrested on July, 2 2012 shortly after his wedding. He had organized the celebration party on a Caribbean island to follow the ceremony, during which he was arrested. The U.S. citizens present at the […]

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Drug mule recruiters captured in Dominican Republic; Sent mules to Europe and U.S.

The National Drug Control in the Dominican Republic captured a couple responsible for organizing and recruiting drug mules who would fly to the United States and Europe. The couple was arrested in a home raid, where 22 grams of cocaine, firearms, ammunition, radios, and a Hummer were also seized. According to Diario Libre, two passports […]

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Mexico: Operator of Tijuana cartel arrested by Army; organized clandestine flights

Julio César Salas Reyes, known also as Julio Salas Quiñones, was arrested by Army officials and is accused of operating the Arellano Félix cartel in Tijuana. During the arrest, a rifle, three shotguns, cartridges, a vehicle, and four cell phones were seized, CNN Mexico reports. Authorities believe Salas Reyes organized the clandestine arrival of a […]

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Colombian narco-trafficker of Los Urabeños gang caught; Wanted in USA

Camilo Torres Martínez (30), alias “Fritanga” or “Mentira,” was captured shortly after getting married and guests arrived to celebrate his wedding for a week on Múcura Island. He was wanted for narco-trafficking, specifically to Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and the United States. According to La Tribuna, he belonged to the Los Urabeños drug trafficking organization. […]

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Plane crashes in Honduras, cocaine found on board; DEA provides support

A small plane crashed in the mountainous region near Catacamas, Olancho, Honduras that was carrying 600 kilograms of cocaine. One of the passengers, Elías Aureliano Herrera Silva, was killed in the crash, La Prensa reports. The other passenger, George Luis Herrera Bueno, suffered serious injuries, including fractures, and was transported to a hospital in the […]

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Dominican Republic: Ton of cocaine seized near Baní coast, U.S. DEA involved

The National Drug Control of the Dominican Republic, the Coast Guard, and the U.S. DEA together in a joint operation seized a little over a ton of cocaine along the coast by Baní. The operation occurred in international waters at night on June 29, 2012. According to Globedia, 36 bags of cocaine were found on […]

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Central member of Los Rastrojos gang caught in Colombia; involved in 30 murders

The National Police in Colombia announced that Edison Antonio Pelaez (49), alias “Mincho,” was arrested on a farm in Montenegro, around 185 kilometers west of Bogota. Mincho is suspected of involvement in the Los Rastrojos gang, La Tercera reports. He is believed to have attempted to assume control of the drug-trafficking paramilitary organization. Officials consider […]

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Guatemala City: Cocaine found on plane arriving from United States

20 kilos of cocaine valued at 2 million quetzales were discovered inside a commercial plane that made a stop in the Guatemala City airport after departing from Orlando, Florida, United States. According to El Salvador.com, the cocaine was found in 40 bags in the food preparation area of the plane. It was found when a […]

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Dominican Republic: Sergeant of National Police, two others arrested in drug bust

The National Drug Control of the Dominican Republic announced that three people riding in a Jeep were arrested with 12 packages of cocaine. According to El Nacional, one of the individuals apprehended was Sergio Bolívar Germán, Sergeant Major of the National Police. The two other suspects were identified as Marciano Segundo Peña and Héctor José […]

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United States: 8 tons of marijuana confiscated in Chicago, trafficked from Mexico

Eight tons of marijuana were confiscated by officials in Chicago, valued at 40 million dollars. The drugs had been produced in Mexico and entered the United States via a drug route through Texas. According to an Emol report, this was the largest marijuana seizure in Chicago in the last 20 years. The drugs were found […]

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Suspected maritime narco-traffickers caught in Guatemala, wanted in USA

Abigaíl Juncos Trinidad, alias “Viga” and Amadeo Wenceslao Junco Grijalva, alias “Maya” were captured in Guatemala. The two were wanted in Florida, the United States, for crimes of drug trafficking and conspiracy. According to Siglo 21, they were planning to distribute several kilos of cocaine and were intending to import the drug into the United […]

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U.S. issues money-laundering sanctions in Venezuela and Colombia; links to Hezbollah

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced sanctions against five individuals for laundering money in Venezuela and Colombia on behalf of a Lebanese drug-trafficking organization. One of the suspects is believed to be raising money for Hezbollah, an Islamic terrorist group. Ali Mohamed Saleh, who has dual Colombian-Lebanese citizenship, is accused of coordinating Hezbollah’s activities in […]

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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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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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Central America main route, warehouse for drug trafficking; Creole groups emerge

Countries in Central America are increasingly being used as drug warehouses and routes toward Mexico. From Mexico, drug traffickers transport their merchandise into the United States. This increase in activity in Central America has led to the emergence of native “Creole” organizations that participate in local trafficking, 24 Horas reports. Colombian narco-traffickers are mainly responsible […]

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Son of “El Chapo” captured in Zapopan, Mexico; Sinaloa Cartel takes hit

The son of  Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, was caught in the Colonia Jardines de la Patria neighborhood of Zapopan, Jalisco. Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar, alias “El Gordo,” was arrested by special marine forces on June 21, 2012. El Gordo had been gaining increasing strength and power within the […]

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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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U.S. accuses former Chief of Security in Colombia of drug conspiracy

Mauricio Santoyo, former chief of security under President Alvaro Uribe from 2002-2006 and retired police general in Colombia, has been accused by the United States of drug conspiracy. La Republic reports that the United States believes Santoyo conspired to bring cocaine into the country with the help of assassins and narco-traffickers from 2000-2008. It is […]

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“Crispy” drug, mix of cocaine and marijuana, becoming popular in Panama

“Crispy,” a new drug consisting of marijuana buds and coca leaves, is rising in popularity in Panama. According to Critica en Linea, Colombian drug traffickers were the first to introduce crispy into the country. Those involved in the trade have explained that the drug was intended to be sold in Jamaica, Europe and the United […]

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“Spice” marijuana mixture becoming newest drug craze after incidents in USA

“Spice,” also known as K2, Yucatán Fire, Red Magic, and Mr. Nice Guy, among others, has become an increasingly popular drug. Spice is a synthetic drug, a mixture of marijuana, damiana, and other chemicals, according to Sexenio Nuevo León, and has become one of the most-searched-for terms on Google recently. The drug has piqued curiosity […]

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Belize: New drugs routes by land and air; country on US “blacklist” for drug trafficking

After two recent plane crashes in the jungles Belize, one of which was found containing cocaine, it has become evident drug trafficking has become a problem for the country, La Prensa Grafica reports. For example, along the Northern Highway in the Orange Walk district, there is an airstrip built by the government in 1999, intended […]

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Mexican drug trafficker stopped in Guatemala, connections to Sinaloa Cartel; wanted in USA

Walter Alirio Montejo Mérida, alias “El Zope,” a Mexican narco-trafficker associated with smuggling operations involving the Sinaloa Cartel, was captured in Guatemala City. According to Provincia, he is one of the most active drug traffickers in Guatemala and is reported to be the link between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Familia Lorenzana, a narco group […]

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Pharmaceutical thief caught in Cancun, wanted by U.S. DEA and FBI

Ernesto Simeón, of Cuban origin, was arrested in Cancun, Mexico on June 7, 2012 by state police. He was wanted by the U.S. DEA and the FBI for participation in a drug ring responsible for the largest pharmaceutical theft in U.S. history. Zócalo Saltillo reports the ring had stolen over $100 million in goods, including […]

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Clandestine airstrip, plane, and 378 kilos of marijuana discovered in Sonora, Mexico

The Secretary of Public Security in Mexico has announced the discovery of a clandestine airstrip in Sonora. According to La Jornada, the runway was found on the state route to Cucurpe around kilometer 9, in the town of Magdalena de Kino. 38 packages of marijuana were found inside the plane, which was a Cessna model. […]

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DEA arrests 33 people in San Juan, breaks up drug route from Puerto Rico to U.S.A.

Federal U.S. agents launched a surprise anti-narcotics operation on June 6, 2012 in the San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín airport in Puerto Rico. 33 suspects were taken into custody, including airport workers, airline employees, and other suspicious individuals who were attempting to smuggle millions of dollars of cocaine onto commercial flights for at least a […]

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El Salvador: Two kilos of cocaine found in JetBlue plane with U.S. crew

The Narcotics Division of the National Civil Police in El Salvador and the Attorney General’s Office have reported the discovery of two kilos of cocaine in a JetBlue plane in the Comalapa airport on June 6, 2012. The captain, first officer and two crew members were all U.S. citizens. The aircraft was an Airbus A320 […]

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Bolivia denies persecution of ex-general’s family, sentenced in U.S. for drug trafficking

The Bolivian government denies it is persecuting the family of  René Sanabria, ex-general of the police. Sanabria was sentenced to 14 years in prison in the United States for intending to traffick drugs into the country. Sanabria had denied links to drug activity within the government, Hoy Bolivia reports.The Bolivian government says it is not […]

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A bumpy ride: 80 kilograms of marijuana found in tires in Mexico; headed for USA

Javier Ramirez Rojas (34), alias “El Tinpan,” was arrested by state police in Tijuana, Mexico, after officials discovered 80 kilograms of marijuana hidden in his Ford F150. According to Agencia Fronteriza de Noticias, the marijuana was worth 3,200,000 pesos. El Tinpan was stopped after police saw him walking with a package that resembled those used […]

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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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Mistaken message: Narcotrafficker accidentally sends text to police in California, USA

Police in Santa María, California were surprised when they received a text message about an upcoming drug deal directly from the dealer, El Porvenir reports. The text contained details about a delivery of synthetic drugs. A spokesperson for the sheriff confirmed that the dealer and the buyer were apprehended at the location indicated in the […]

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Latin American trade surplus with U.S. up 2.9%

The trade surplus for all of Latin America with the United States went up 2.9% in June, according to abc.com.py. The total trade surplus for the first six months of 2011 totaled $38.644 million compared to $35.830 million last year, but not all countries experienced a gain. Mexico’s trade surplus increased from $32.884 million for […]

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U.S. Authorities Dismantle Internet Pedophile Network Throughout 14 Countries, Ecuador Included

According to Hoy.com.ec the United States announced today, Wednesday August 3rd, that they have dismantled an internet-based pedophile network reaching various countries including Ecuador. Officials have accused 72 people linked to the website of encouraging the sexual abuse of children. The authority’s investigation began in 2009, called “Operation Delago.” During the operation authorities arrested 52 […]

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Peru Appoints New Ambassador to United States, Harold Forsyth Mejia

RPP.com.pe reports the new government of Ollanta Humala has appointed the diplomat Harold Forsyth Mejia as the Peruvian ambassador to the United States. Forsyth succeeds Luis Valdivieso and was previously Peru’s ambassador to China, Colombia and Italy. An official government resolution with the support of President Ollanta Humala and the Peruvian Chancellor Rafael Roncagliolo was […]

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UNASUR meeting to shield from crisis

A summit of ministers of UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) will meet in Lima to analyze the current international financial crisis and to shield South American countries from the same problems reported La Capital. Discussion of an eventual default by the United States called for the presidents of the organization Cristina Fernandez de Kircher […]

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U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil Denounces Online Money Scam

According to ElComercio.com the Guayas Prosecutors Office is continuing with the investigation into an online wire fraud case that used the name of the U.S. Consulate in illegal business transactions. Four months ago U.S. Consulate officials denounced the alleged online scam. The Guayas prosecutor says when a person put their house on sale they would […]

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New York: 11-Year Sentence for 4th Assailant of Ecuadorian, Left in Coma

According to ElUniverso.com a New York judge in White Plains sentenced the fourth assailant in a gang attack on an Ecuadorian man to 11 years in prison on Wednesday July 27th. On March 15, 2010 Julio Serrano was beaten by four people, which put him in a coma for three weeks. Jarron Slight, one of […]

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Cañar, Ecuador: Police Foil Attempt to Send Package Fake Bills to U.S.

According to ElUniverso.com a package containing $70,100 in false United States dollar bills was caught being shipped from Cañar to Queens, New York. Cañar police say on Tuesday, July 19th a personal courier alerted them to a suspicious package bound for Queens. Police thought the package contained drugs, however when opened police found fake 100 […]

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Dominican Republic, Dead American Tourist found in Boca Chica

A North American tourist, later identified as Larry Keith Zimmerman, was found dead in his hotel room in the tourist area of Boca Chica according to Dominicanshoy.com. Zimmerman was last seen Monday the 18th, until employees found him in his room two days later. An investigation has launched to determine whether the incident was a […]

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Manta, Ecuador: Ecuadorian Sentenced to 20 Years for Murder of Foreigner

According to ElUniverso.com, Emilio Bowen was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of the United States citizen, Max Chamberly Madnick in Manta on November 3, 2009. Bowen’s defense attorney, Luigi Garcia confirmed the ruling, while saying it is impossible that Bowen killed Chamberly. Garcia says that Chamberly, an exchange student, whose family […]

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Russian Mafia connected to arms trafficking in Honduras

Recently seized weapons were intended to supply drug cartels, paramilitary groups, and Zeta groups in the area of Olancho, Honduras and most weapons are said to be trafficked from Florida through the Russian mafia reported La Tribuna. The weapons are also said to travel hidden aboard trucks or other vehicles, in exchange, mafias obtain large […]

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Ecuadorian Sentenced to Death in United States for Murders

According to ElComercio.com Quito native, Ecuador Nelson Ivan Serrano was sentenced to death for the murders of four people in Florida December 1997. His nephew, Alfredo Luna says if Serrano’s defense team does not present an appeal by the next 12th of September, Serrano will be listed for execution in Florida. The article says that […]

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Ecuador: Nations Ask for Extradition of 33 Criminals Hiding in Country

According to ElComercio.com the current Ecuadorian government has been asked to extradite 33 fugitives with criminal backgrounds ranging from drug trafficking to murder. An unknown government official has reported to El Comercio that from 1995 to 2011, 21 nations asked the Ecuadorian government for extradition of 86 criminals hiding in Ecuador. Additionally Jay Bergman, the […]

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Wikileaks shows U.S. and Brazil to partner against drug trafficking

A Wikileaks document released this week shows that U.S. Officials are intent on working with Brazil to combat drug trafficking, according to abc.com.py. The documents dated March 2009 talks about the importance of increasing funds to Brazil, the dominant country in South America and a leader in the fight against drugs. At the time of […]

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Chile Participates in joint Military Exercises in Pacific

According to LaPrensa.com.bo Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera began Operation Together July 1st, where Chile’s navel fleet participated in military exercises with the United States, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Piñera says that the joint exercise will allow the Chilean Navy to show its force and preparation for military situations and defend the country of Chile. Reportedly, […]

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Peruvian President-Elect Humala Surprised by U.S. President Obama

According to Peru21.pe Peruvian President-elect Ollanta Humala was in Washington D.C. on Wednesday July 6th to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza. While Humala meet with Tom Donilon, President Obama’s national security advisor, President Barack Obama appeared. Ecuadorian Ambassador Luis […]

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Machu Picchu Centennial Celebration, 45% Tourists are U.S.

According to Peru21.pe the owner of Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, cable company Cable Andina says that in the days leading up to and during the centennial celebration, 45% of hotel reservations in Aguas Calientes are United States tourists. The managing director of Andina says that other tourists are from Australia, Spain, England, and Japan. These […]

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Wikileaks reveals Brazil skeptical of Paraguay’s fight against trafficking

A classified U.S. diplomatic document written in June 2005 and released today by Wikileaks states that Brazilian diplomats are distrustful of Paraguay’s commitment to the fight against trafficking along their border, according to abc.com.py. Brazil is extremely devoted to securing their borders with Paraguay and the Triple Frontier between Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil against drug, […]

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American detained at Mexico-U.S. border with 175 pounds of iguana meat

U.S. customs officials seized over 175 pounds of iguana meat from a U.S. citizen crossing the border from Tijuana, Mexico into California. The smuggler, whose identity has not been revealed, claimed to be transporting fish. At a secondary inspection point, over 175 pounds of iguana meat was discovered beneath fresh fish in three large coolers. […]

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Number of Americans living in Argentina on the rise

North Americans, mainly from the United States, are flocking to South America, especially Argentina, in search of better health care and a better economy.  Economic life in the United States has been difficult these past few years, and many have found life easier in Argentina. Some are drawn to the country because of the culture […]

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