The Bolivian Police Special Tactical Action Group carried out a mega-operation in an airfield in the municipality of Cotoca, Santa Cruz de la Sierra department. Authorities arrested 38 people (36 men and two women), seized 66 aircraft, and locked 29 hangars.
[caption id="attachment_70147" align="alignright" width="300"] The Border Police Battalion monitors at least 300 clandestine ports along the banks of the Paraná River and the Itaipu Lake, on the border Brazil-Paraguay border. (Photo: Brazilian Federal Police)[/caption]
Kremlin-controlled media outlets such as RT and Sputnik have amassed a large number of Spanish-speaking followers on social media platforms and spread disinformation to millions, news site Insider reported April 7, 2022.
Ecuador’s security forces stopped more than 6 tons of cocaine from leaving Guayaquil ports in two operations in early April and mid-March 2022.
Colombia’s security forces continue to weaken the Clan del Golfo criminal group, striking hard at its financial structure and hunting down its top leaders. Troops from the Colombian Army’s Fourth Brigade and National Police units captured alias El Viejo, Felipe or Sebastián, who served as an alleged military leader of the Clan del Golfo.
The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a joint NASA-German Aerospace Center (DLR) project, completed an observation mission in Chile April 1, where it captured high-resolution celestial images only visible from the Southern Hemisphere.
For the second time, Brazil served as a remote site for Exercise Viking 22, the largest multifunctional simulation of peacekeeping operations worldwide. The exercise, coordinated by the Swedish Ministry of Defense, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, was carried out simultaneously in five countries: Brazil, Bulgaria, Finland, Qatar, and Sweden, March 28-April 7, 2022.
On March 30, the Colombian Army and the Attorney General’s Office captured in the town of Suba, Bogotá, Russian citizen Sergei Vagin and six Colombians, alleged members of a criminal network that moved millions of dollars to finance operations against the Public Force and organize protests in the country since 2019, Colombian magazine Semana reported.
[caption id="attachment_70016" align="alignright" width="300"] A 612th Air Base Squadron instructor guides participants to enter a structure on fire, following established protocol and using the appropriate safety equipment. (Photo: Kay Valle/Diálogo)[/caption]
The U.S. Treasury Department announced March 18 sanctions against leaders and individuals linked to the Los Huistas cartel because their actions “threaten the people and security of the United States and Guatemala,” the Treasury said in a statement, which also noted a reward for information leading to the capture of the clan’s leader.
As part of a bilateral meeting between the United States and Colombia, held March 10, 2022 at the White House, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that he will declare Colombia a major non-NATO ally, which would give the South American country more privileges in the areas of defense, trade, and security cooperation.
The CASLA Institute, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) based in the Czech Republic that monitors democracy in Latin America, presented on March 11, 2022 to the Organization of American States (OAS) the report Crimes against Humanity in Venezuela 2021, which shows the chain of command within the Nicolás Maduro regime and the intensification of tortures against political prisoners.