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Officials Warn of Growing Maritime Drug Trade Amid Cocaine Surge

(Insightcrime.org) Security officials in Costa Rica say they are incapable of stopping transnational drug traffickers from using the country's pristine beaches as stopover points for cocaine shipments headed to the United States, a development that's likely linked to the surge in Colombia's cocaine production. Citing...

Drug Traffickers Destroying Large Sections of Central America Forests: Report

Q24N (Insightcrime.org) A new study estimates that up to 30% of all deforestation in three Central American countries is due to cocaine trafficking, providing some much-needed data on the relationship between environmental damage and Latin America's drug trade. The study, published in the Environmental Research...

Costa Rica Model Released From Nicaragua Prison Back In The Country

Q COSTA RICA - A free woman and back in Costa Rica, Adriana Corella, says she is ready to close the page on the last year and four months of her life, is calm and doesn't hold any grudges against those who criticized here. Sentenced...

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...

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...

OIJ Takes Down Powerful Drug Gang Led By “Pollo”

Q COSTA RICA - It was minutes after the 4:00am when a large group of judicial agents and police began their orchestrated action dismantle a powerful drug gang led by Luis Ángel Martínez Fajardo, alias "Pollo", who  serving a 30 year prison sentence in...

OIJ Agent Was Advisor To Narco Group

Q COSTA RICA - Following a year long investigation into a drug trafficking organization that shipped cocaine from Costa Rica to Spain, England and the United States, the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) learned that one of their own was advising the narcos. The official,...

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. UBIETATODAY NICARAGUA (Insightcrime.org) Nicaragua’s authorities have detained Amauri Carmona Morelos, putting an end to the criminal career of one of the most prominent...

“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...

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,...

“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...

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...

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 turfAs the Revolutionary...

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 BelenTODAY 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...

Small-Scale Drug Trafficking Spreads Throughout Guatemala

Q24N -  A Guatemalan anti-narcotics prosecutor announced that the sale of drugs not only persists in the metropolitan area, but is expanding throughout the province. The prosecution explained that the amount of drugs being sold is due to the fact that more and more people...

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...

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...

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 courtTODAY 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...

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...

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...

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...

Ortega Criticizes U.S. Double Standards Against Drug Trafficking

(Prensa Latina) The President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega has criticized the double standard of the US government against the drug trafficking, a scourge that together with organized crime, he said, it is a common challenge faced by all countries in the region. Daniel Ortega, President...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Sinaloa Cartel Has the Biggest Air Fleet in Mexico

(Q24N) If the Sinaloa cartel was an airline, it would be the largest in Mexico, because it has more airplanes than Aeroméxico, the largest airline in the country, with 127, stated El Universal Tuesday, taking into account that the number of confiscated airplanes from...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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