Argentina to Take Down Planes That Enter the Country Illegally
By Dialogo April 29, 2011
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Fifteen lawmakers introduced a law in
the Argentine House of Representatives that will allow the air force to shoot down
planes that enter the country illegally.
The law, named “Ley de Derribo” (Take down law), establishes
a protocol that enables the military to use force to take down planes, including
those flown by narco-traffickers, if aircraft personnel refuse to identify
“The Argentine border acts like a sifter and this creates a huge problem for
the country,” Rep. Juan Obiglio, the law’s author, said on April 25.
Local media reported the law will require the addition of specialized radar
to cover the country’s northern border, a project that could take close to two years
to complete if the law is ratified.
The goal is to find and identify small aircraft carrying illegal drugs.
The government also would need to purchase aircraft to take down planes in
violation of the law.
Obiglio said that each day, between 100 and 150 flights enter the country
illegally, according to a report by the country’s air force.
“Without any type of control, every day small planes enter and exit the
country illegally, carrying products and even people on them,” Obiglio told
Radio 10. “With a very simple measure, involving radar and an
interception protocol, this problem will be solved.”
Obiglio said Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Brazil have similar laws.
But not all lawmakers want the law to pass in Argentina.
Juan Manuel Pedrini, a regional government minister in the northern province
of Chaco province, said the law could have devastating consequences if not applied
“What happens if there’s a glitch in the communications system?” he
Mexico: 162 kilograms of methamphetamine seized
TUXLA GUTIÉRREZ, Mexico – Law enforcement officials confiscated
162 kilograms (357 pounds) of methamphetamine and 15,000 liters (3,962 gallons) of
chemicals used to manufacture synthetic narcotics in two operations in the state of
Chiapas, which is along the country’s border with Guatemala, officials said.
Chiapas state police found the methamphetamine, which had a street value of
$180 million pesos (US$15 million), in the false floor of a bus in the city of
Tapachula during a traffic stop, according to the Chiapas State Attorney General’s
Police, who arrested three suspects from the state of Michoacán in connection
with the confiscation, said they seized enough methamphetamine to produce 1.6
million doses of the narcotic, according to Agence France-Presse.
The La Familia Michoacana drug cartel, regarded by authorities as the largest
trafficker of synthetic drugs in Mexico, has a strong presence in Michoacán, but
it’s unclear whether the seized narcotics belonged to the gang’s members.
Meantime, Federal Police seized 300 barrels filled with chemicals used to
produce designer drugs (synthetic products that imitate illegal narcotics and are
designed to evade the drug laws) from a house in Ciudad Hidalgo, according to the
Attorney General’s Office.
Alleged mobster with ties to Colombian cartels arrested
ROME – Francesco Campana, the alleged leader of the Sacra Corona
Unita, one of Italy’s four most powerful mafia outfits, has been arrested, according
to the Ansa news agency on April 23.
Campana, 38, is suspected of playing a key role in the Sacra Corona Unita’s
weapons and narcotics trafficking operations with Colombian, Russian, Albanian and
Asian criminal organizations.
Campana was taken into custody at his home in Oria, near the southeastern
city of Brindisi. His apprehension culminated a two-year investigation after he had
been on the move to avoid a nine-year prison sentence for mafia association,
investigators said, according to the DPA news agency.
Sacra Corona Unita, which operates in the southern region of Apulia, Italy,
is one of the most powerful mafia organizations in the country, along with Sicily’s
Cosa Nostra, the Campania region’s Camorra and the Calabria region’s N’drangheta.
Chile: Alleged narcotics smuggler caught at border crossing
CHILE CHICO, Chile – The Anti-narcotics unit of Chile’s
Investigative Police apprehended a 39-year-old Argentine man allegedly trying to
smuggle drugs into the Andean nation.
Raúl Javier López, 39, was caught trying to enter the country from Argentina.
He was taken into custody at the Jeinimeni border crossing point in Chile Chico,
1,777 kilometers (1,105 miles) south of Santiago. He allegedly was found in
possession of 16 marijuana cigarettes and 30 doses of cocaine.
The police, using a drug-sniffing dog, arrested López as he was trying to
dispose of the narcotics in one of the border crossing’s bathrooms, according to the
Chilean daily El Mercurio.
The seized narcotics, which were destroyed by the police, had a street value
of about $300,000 Chilean pesos (US$650).
Chile: Two arrested with about seven kilograms of cocaine
SANTIAGO, Chile – Carmen Pizarro Ramírez and Julio Mamani Mamani
have been arrested on narcotics trafficking charges by the country’s
counter-narcotics unit OS-7 in the northern city of Arica.
Officers detained Pizarro Ramírez, a 69-year-old Chilean national, on the
morning of April 21 after authorities saw her selling small doses of cocaine in
Arica’s Población Chile neighborhood, UPI news agency reported.
After her house was raided, authorities were able to track her drug supply to
a house in the Población Nueva Esperanza neighborhood in the same city.
Once there, they detained Julio Mamani Mamani, a 64-year-old Peruvian
At Mamani’s house, police officers confiscated about three kilograms (6.6
pounds) of cocaine chlorhydrate, about four kilograms (8.8 pounds) of cocaine paste,
five kilograms (11 pounds) of baking soda, 10 liters of muriatic acid and four
liters of hydrochloric acid. They also confiscated two cell phones and a small
quantity of cash.
Waldemar Lorenzana, a suspected narcotics trafficker, arrested
GUATEMALA CITY – Waldemar Lorenzana, a suspected narcotics
trafficker, was arrested by Guatemalan police on April 26 in the town of El Jícaro,
40 miles northeast of the nation’s capital, local prosecutors said.
Lorenzana, 71, is wanted in the United States for international drug
trafficking, according to Reuters.
Lorenzana, a Guatemalan national, is suspected of heading a massive cocaine
trafficking syndicate for the Mexico-based Sinaloa cartel. He allegedly smuggled
narcotics from Colombia to the United States.