Chile’s Investigative Police (PDI) dismantled a transnational gang dedicated to ecstasy trafficking, carrying out the largest seizure of this narcotic in South America. The seizure was the result of a concertedeffort with the Netherlands Police, with surveillance that began in the port of Rotterdam and continued all the way to northern Chile’s port of Iquique.
With her swearing-in on October 29, 2021, U.S. Army General Laura J. Richardson became the first woman to lead U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and only the third woman to lead one of the U.S. military’s 11 unified combatant commands.
Nicaragua’s government has thwarted democracy for its people with a sham presidential election and the imprisonment of journalists and opposition leaders.
Law enforcement officers have a professional obligation to be effective in providing security and protection. To do so, they are governed by high standards of respect for life and personal integrity. The power that the law grants them to fulfill their duties does not guarantee, by itself, that they cannot commit excesses or arbitrary acts. Their correct performance depends mainly on the competence and quality of their actions. Ethics and honor play a central role in the fulfillment of their duties.
Javier Tarazona, director of FundaRedes, a nongovernmental organization that has reported the presence of irregular Colombian groups in Venezuelan territory, revealed the location of so-called “safe houses” allegedly used by leaders of irregular Colombian groups in Venezuela.
The seizure of cocaine and other illicit substances hidden in containers, ready to be shipped from air, sea, and land terminals, increased in 2020 and reached a total of 106 tons, 29 more than in 2019, according to a March 1, 2021 report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
South American countries came together against international arms trafficking during Operation Trigger VI, coordinated by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, March 8-28.
With transnational criminal organizations trafficking drugs, guns, and people in South and Central America, and China, Russia, Iran, and Cuba meddling and peddling influence in the region, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has its hands full working to keep the neighborhood safe. Increased intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capacity and a greater ability to offer security cooperation opportunities to partner nations can help with that, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, SOUTHCOM commander, said April 15.
On April 13, 2021, the Brazilian Navy Patrol Vessel (NPa, in Portuguese) Guanabara, under the Northern Naval Patrol Group Command, intercepted a Venezuelan-flagged vessel, which was fishing illegally in Brazilian jurisdictional waters, off the coast of Amapá state.
On April 3, Colombian Minister of Defense Diego Molano accused Venezuela of acting as an “accomplice” of Colombian narcotrafficking groups in heavy confrontations that have forced thousands of people to cross the border and take refuge in Colombia.
Russia strengthened its support for Nicolás Maduro by signing a dozen cooperation agreements on food, finance, energy, military, science, technology, and mining, on March 30, 2021. It also renewed its commitment to support the South American country in health matters, which would include increasing the supply of vaccines to combat the novel coronavirus.
The Salvadoran government announced on February 16, 2021, the integration of 1,042 soldiers from its Armed Force, including 51 women, into security operations with National Civil Police officers to strengthen the defense strategy against gangs.