Bosai Minerals Group Co. Ltd., founded in 1994 and based in Chongqing province, China, has several businesses, including the distribution of coal, as well as other minerals and ore. This Chinese corporation is also involved in a big controversy in Guyana with residents of the mining town of Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini administrative region), a 20,339-square-kilometer area that Venezuela claims as part of a territory it calls Guayana Esequiba.
According to the United Nations (U.N.), Salvadoran Air Force (FAS, in Spanish) Major Sandra Hernández and Major Evelyn Salas were the first female combat pilots to join the helicopter fleet of Joint Task Force Torogoz during the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA, in French).
Taking a stand against authoritarian regimes in the region, the presidents of Paraguay and Uruguay made it clear at the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) meeting, held in Mexico City on September 18, that they wanted nothing to do with the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) has allocated $5.8 million in additional funds to Ecuador to strengthen its fight against narcotrafficking and transnational crime. Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso presided over the handover ceremony on August 27, 2021, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
In a joint operation with the Colombian Army, the Colombian Navy seized nearly 2 tons of cocaine aboard a semisubmersible in the south Pacific coast of Colombia. The drug and the vessel belong to the Alfonso Cano Western Bloc, a dissident group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish), the Navy said in a September 1 statement.
On September 3, 2021, agents of the Brazilian Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) and Federal Highway Police (PRF, in Portuguese) seized 24.5 tons of marijuana on a highway in Santa Catarina. It was the largest marijuana seizure ever recorded in this Brazilian state, according to local authorities.
U.S. Air Force (USAF) service members were in Brazil to participate in the Tápio 2021 Joint Exercise (EXCON, in Portuguese), conducted by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese). The activity, which simulated a war scenario, was carried out from the Campo Grande Air Base, in Mato Grosso do Sul state, August 16-September 3, 2021.
The Argentine National Gendarmerie seized more than 4 tons of marijuana in less than 2 weeks. On September 13, 2021, during an operation in the city of Corrientes, Corrientes Squadron 48 seized more than 500 kilograms of the drug.
The Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela has maintained its attacks against the press and freedom of expression, despite repeated appeals from U.N. human rights experts, urging it to stop intimidating and criminalizing journalists and civil society.
Brazilian and Paraguayan security forces removed 673 tons of marijuana from circulation during the joint Operation New Alliance XXVII (Operación Nueva Alianza XXVII), which ended on September 3, 2021. During the 12-day operation, members of the Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) and the Brazilian Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) carried out air and land raids in the Paraguayan department of Amambay.
The SS Carrera, a Chilean Navy Scorpène-class submarine, participated in the Diesel-Electric Submarine Initiative (DESI) exercise at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, California, which took place from June to September 2021.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei urged Central American and other Latin American countries to implement a joint plan against illicit drug trafficking.