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Trump Administration Upholds Obama Donation Offer To Costa Rica To Combat Drug Trafficking

Trump Administration Upholds Obama Donation Offer To Costa Rica To Combat Drug Trafficking

Q COSTA RICA – Washington, with Donald Trump at the helm, is keeping its pledge for police equipment to deal with drug trafficking that Barack Obama offered Costa Rica last August. President Luis Guillermo Solis on Friday received confirmation by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a meeting at the White House. The day before, […]

CIA Pays ‘Traitors’ to Say We Traffic Drugs: Venezuela’s Maduro

CIA Pays ‘Traitors’ to Say We Traffic Drugs: Venezuela’s Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. | Photo: Reuters TODAY VENEZUELA – “The evidence will give them cold sweats and diarrhea,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro on Tuesday accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), of paying former Chavista leaders to fabricate evidence with which to accuse the his government of drug trafficking. Maduro vowed to […]

Major Colombian Drug Trafficker Detained in Nicaragua

Major Colombian Drug Trafficker Detained in Nicaragua

Amauri Carmona Morelos in 2009 holding his fake Nicaraguan cedula (ID) in the name of Alberto Ruiz Cano. LA PRENSA/ARCHIVO J. UBIETA TODAY NICARAGUA (Insightcrime.org) Nicaragua’s authorities have detained Amauri Carmona Morelos, putting an end to the criminal career of one of the most prominent drug traffickers operating in the Central American country. Carmona, a […]

“He Is Very Happy That He Is Going To Heaven”: Son of Colombian Executed in China

“He Is Very Happy That He Is Going To Heaven”: Son of Colombian Executed in China

Ismael Arciniegas, 72 years of age, is the first Colombian to be executed by China for drug trafficking. TODAY COLOMBIA – Ismael Arciniegas is the first Colombian to executed in China for drug trafficking.The execution is took place on 27 February 2017. Colombia’s Foreign Ministry on Monday protested to China in a last-minute diplomatic effort […]

El Chapo, Story Of A Kingpin

El Chapo, Story Of A Kingpin

(Q24N) Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong – Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera – aka “El Chapo” – currently faces 17 drug trafficking, murder, kidnapping and money laundering charges in the US, accrued over the past quarter-century. The timing of his extradition, on President Barack Obama’s final day in office, led to […]

“There Is No Beach in Costa Rica That Drug Traffickers Have Not Penetrated”, Security Minister

“There Is No Beach in Costa Rica That Drug Traffickers Have Not Penetrated”, Security Minister

Q COSTA RICA – Costa Rica’s Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (minister of Security), Gustavo Mata, has denounced an increase in drug trafficking in the country, and asked legislators to accelerate the approval of the bill on “Annulment of Ownership” in order to strengthen the fight against organized crime. The minister made the remarks during his […]

Costa Rica’s Attorney General Says Mexico Cartels are Recruiting, Training Local Groups

Costa Rica’s Attorney General Says Mexico Cartels are Recruiting, Training Local Groups

Q COSTA RICA (Insightcrime) Costa Rica’s Attorney General said local criminal groups are being recruited and trained by Mexican drug cartels, further indication of the evolving relationship between drug trafficking networks in these two countries. In an interview with El Universal, Costa Rican Attorney General Jorge Chavarría said that the cartels are recruiting local criminals […]

Colombia Port Town in Bloody Battle Over Former FARC Turf

Colombia Port Town in Bloody Battle Over Former FARC Turf

TODAY COLOMBIA from Insightcrime.org / At least four criminal groups are apparently running the illegal economies in the port of Tumaco on Colombia’s Pacific coast, which is resulting in homicides and mass community displacement. Tumaco, the site of battles for former FARC turf As the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia […]

Drugs and Trafficking Behind Death of 15 Foreigners in Medellin

Drugs and Trafficking Behind Death of 15 Foreigners in Medellin

Many of the killings of foreigners occurred in the streets of El Poblado, Laureles and Belen TODAY COLOMBIA – In the Medellin morgue lies corpse a foreigner who was kidnapped at the end of October in a Poblado commercial centre. According to the outgoing commander of the Metropolitan Police, General José Gerardo Acevedo, the case […]

Cream Cocaine Latest Innovation by Drug Traffickers In Latin America

Cream Cocaine Latest Innovation by Drug Traffickers In Latin America

(Q24N) – Insightcrime.org -Cream cocaine appears to be the latest novelty used by traffickers to help their drugs avoid detection, adding to a long list that has helped criminal groups stay one step ahead of law enforcement. Authorities in Chile have uncovered an apparently new modality for trafficking cocaine, after three shampoo bottles containing a […]

Alleged Honduran Kingpin Wanted By U.S. Captured in Costa Rica

Alleged Honduran Kingpin Wanted By U.S. Captured in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – The alleged head of one of the most powerful drug trafficking groups in Honduras has been captured in Costa Rica. In a joint operation, the Drug Control Police (PCD) and Directorate of Intelligence and National Security (DIS) – Costa Rica’s version of the Secret Service – arrested on Tuesday, November […]

Venezuela’s ‘Narco Nephews’ Case Hints at Govt Complicity in Drug Trade

Venezuela’s ‘Narco Nephews’ Case Hints at Govt Complicity in Drug Trade

Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady have been found guilty of drug crimes in a US federal court TODAY VENEZUELA NEWS –  Insightcrime.org –  Two nephews of Venezuela’s first lady have been found guilty of drug crimes in a US federal court, with several pieces of evidence presented during the trial pointing to complicity in […]

The Evolving Criminal Structures in Costa Rica

The Evolving Criminal Structures in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) A drug trafficking network linked to Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel has been dismantled in Costa Rica, a sign that the country’s criminal structures are becoming increasingly involved in transnational drug trafficking. A two-year investigation culminated in the arrest of 14 individuals across the country on Wednesday (November 9), including the alleged leader of the trafficking […]

Narco Model Sentenced To Four Years in Prison

Narco Model Sentenced To Four Years in Prison

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rican model Adriana Kathia Corella will be spending the next four years and six months in prison, sentenced by a Nicaraguan court for money laundering and organized crime. The sentence was read Wednesday afternoon by judge of the Seventh Criminal Court District Trial of Managua, Octavio Rothschuh. Corrella was one of the members […]

US Sentences Former Honduran President’s Son for Drug Trafficking

US Sentences Former Honduran President’s Son for Drug Trafficking

(Q24N via Prensa Latina) A U.S. Court will today sentence Fabio Lobo, the son of Honduran former president, Porfirio Lobo (2010-14), who pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in the country, according to local media reports. U.S. authorities captured the former Honduran leader’s son in May 2015, as part of a ‘trap operation’ in Haiti, after […]

Costa Rica Approves Reforms Against Terrorism and Laundering

Costa Rica Approves Reforms Against Terrorism and Laundering

(QCostarica) Under the banner of fighting drug trafficking, but more important the country not falling on the “black list” (lista gris in Spanish), Costa Rica’s legislator have approved in first debate reforms  against terrorism and money laundering. With a vote of 39 (of 55) in favour, the reforms criminalize terrorism financing, which covers the trafficking […]

BBC’s Hardtalk With President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis

BBC’s Hardtalk With President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis

QCOSTARICA – HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur talks to the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis. In the 23 minute interview, President Solis talks about he is certain that he will succeed in his mandate and is willing to discuss the legalization of cocaine and marijuana in Costa Rica. The interview aired on the BBC on […]

Costa Rica On The Verge On Murdering Judges and Prosecutors, Fears Attorney General

Costa Rica On The Verge On Murdering Judges and Prosecutors, Fears Attorney General

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rica is “on the verge” that its prosecutors and judges are killed by organized crime, as is the case in neighbouring countries in Central America and Mexico, said the Attorney General, Jorge Chavarria, on Wednesday on the Nuestra Voz radio program. The Attorney General explained that the growth in organized crime and […]

Costa Rica President Solis Keeps Pope Francis Waiting

Costa Rica President Solis Keeps Pope Francis Waiting

QCOSTARICA – Pope Francis got on Friday first hand experience of “tico time” from none other than President Luis Guillermo Solis,  arriving 20 minutes late for his scheduled meeting at the Vatican. Solis blamed his tardiness on a “misunderstanding between the Vatican and the Costa Rica delegation”, accelerating the protocol, leaving only 20 minutes of […]

Clandestine Airstrips In Costa Rica’s National Parks Will Be Destroyed

Clandestine Airstrips In Costa Rica’s National Parks Will Be Destroyed

QCOSTARICA – More than a dozen clandestine airstrips used by illegal drug traffickers are believed to be operating in the southern zone of the country, part of some 33 clandestine airstrips along the Pacific coast in the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas identified by Costa Rica authorities. These are airstrips not registered with Civil Aviation. […]

Panama Papers Reveal Offshore Account of Guatemala Drug ‘Queen’

Panama Papers Reveal Offshore Account of Guatemala Drug ‘Queen’

(Q24N) The Panama Papers data leak exposed an offshore account belonging to a Guatemalan drug trafficker and money launderer, providing intricate details into the shady dealings of Guatemala’s prolific narco “queen.” A report by Univision highlights the involvement of Marllory Chacón Rossell, often referred to as the “Queen of the South,” in an offshore company established […]

Are Mara Salvatrucha Gangs Expanding in Costa Rica?

Are Mara Salvatrucha Gangs Expanding in Costa Rica?

(Q24N) The head of the Honduran armed forces has claimed that powerful gangs are expanding their presence in Costa Rica, but the extent of this criminal migration might be overstated. In a recent interview with Costa Rican news Diario Extra, Francisco Álvarez Urbina said that the Honduran military’s anti-crime efforts have driven some members of […]

Costa Rican Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison in Guatemala

Costa Rican Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison in Guatemala

QCOSTARICA – Costa Rican Alejandro Jiménez González, alias Palidejo, was sentenced Thursday in Guatemala to 50 years in prison for being the mastermind of the attack that killed Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral. The target of the attack in Guatemala City on July 9, 2011 was Nicaraguan businessman Henry Fariñas Fonseca, who on that day […]

El Salvador Joins SOUTHCOM Radar System to Combat Drug Trafficking

El Salvador Joins SOUTHCOM Radar System to Combat Drug Trafficking

(Q24N) To improve the exchange of information that facilitates aerial counter-narcotics operations, El Salvador integrated its air traffic control radars into the U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Cooperative Situational Information Integration System (CSII). The integration became official with the signing of an agreement between El Salvador’s Autonomous Executive Port Commission (CEPA) and the United States through […]

Was Chile’s Dictator Also a Drug Trafficker?

Was Chile’s Dictator Also a Drug Trafficker?

(Q24N) A Chilean newspaper has suggested nearly 3,000 classified US documents contain information linking former dictator Augusto Pinochet to drug trafficking, a somewhat questionable claim given the legacy of his iron rule. Chilean news outlet El Ciudadano reports it solicited 2,984 pages of documents in 2015 from the US Department of Justice under the Freedom […]

A Bloody Weekend: Four Dead and Four Wounded

A Bloody Weekend: Four Dead and Four Wounded

QCOSTARICA – The second Sunday of the year left four dead and four wounded in separate incidents, in Goicoechea, San Rafael de Heredia, San José and Guácimo. The most bloody was in Ipis de Goicoechea (a highly conflictive area on the east side of San Jose), when minutes before midnight, several men opened fire with […]