On September 17, 2021, agents of the Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) incinerated 36 tons of marijuana in Concepción department.
On September 30, 2021, the Brazilian Federal Police (PF, in Portuguese) and Federal Highway Police (PRF, in Portuguese) intercepted a truck with more than 10 tons of marijuana in Santa Catarina state. The drug was hidden in a gravel cargo.
In only three days, Argentina’s security forces seized more than 15 tons of marijuana. On September 22, 2021, Naval Prefecture service members seized a shipment of nearly 4,000 kilograms of marijuana during an operation in Puerto Libertad, Misiones province.
In mid-September, Colombia, Panama, and the United States seized 2.4 tons of cocaine during a combined operation off the island of San Andrés, in the Caribbean coast of Colombia. According to the Colombian Navy, this seizure is likely the largest carried out aboard a speedboat by components of the Navy’s San Andrés and Providencia Specific Command in 2021.
On September 14, 2021, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Ecuadorian Ministry of Defense signed a memorandum of understanding for timely information exchange to strengthen the fight against narcotrafficking and provide humanitarian assistance, search and rescue, and relief to victims in cases of disasters, the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador indicated.
Russia’s disinformation campaigns are built on five “pillars” that work together to spread pro-Kremlin propaganda and sow division, according to the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
Naval forces from 20 countries took part in exercise UNITAS LXII, in Bahía Salinas, Peru, September 24-October 6, 2021.
According to an agreement that the Nicaraguan National Assembly approved on September 7, 2021, Russia will help Nicaragua to “prevent, detect, and put an end to computer incidents, as well as to investigate crimes and criminal cases related to the use of information and communication technologies for terrorist and criminal purposes.”
On August 9, 2021, Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Silvana Díaz Bohórquez marked a milestone in the history of the Colombian Air Force, by becoming the first woman pilot-in-command of a C-130 Hercules aircraft. Lt. Col. Díaz, who has 22 years of military service, spoke with Diálogo about her achievements and her military career.
In late September, the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Panama delivered a search and patrol boat and 15 vehicles to the Panamanian Ministry of Public Security to support the fight against transnational crime in Panamanian territory. The donation, valued at more than $1 million, will benefit the Panamanian National Air and Naval Service (SENAN, in Spanish) and the Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish).
From 2000 to 2021, China has caused community conflicts in Latin America, producing negative impacts on the environment by conducting extractive, energy, and infrastructure projects, the nongovernmental organizations Latinoamérica Sustentable (LAS, in Spanish) of Ecuador and the Asociación Ambiente y Sociedad of Colombia reported.