Colombia: Army dismantles 3 narcotics laboratories

By Dialogo
April 07, 2011

I am truly proud of the work to end this terrible problem of drug trafficking in my country. Carabineers and Investigations have done their best to eliminate drug trafficking, which fills us with pride. But I have a feeling of guilt: is it necessary to destroy the doors of houses that are raided? On television the attitude seems to be of a group of criminals who attack a house than a professional police raid. This way of breaking into a home leaves the children who live there forever with serious psychological issues. Should they correct this method? Thanks


BOGOTÁ, Colombia – The Colombian army dismantled three narcotics
laboratories belonging to drug gangs in the department of Putumayo.
The first laboratory was in the village of Las Brisas in the municipality of
Orito, where a makeshift structure housed 875 kilograms (1,925 pounds) of coca
leaves, 27 kilograms (59 pounds) of chemicals and 10 gallons of diesel fuel,
according to the Colombian website Radio Santafe.com.
Soldiers also discovered a narcotics laboratory in the village of El Diamante
in the municipality of Mocoa. Military personnel destroyed 135 gallons of fuel, 75
kilograms (165 pounds) of coca leaves, and 17 gallons of chemicals used in the
production of narcotics, according to the Colombian website Ejercito
Nacional.com.
The third laboratory was found by the army in a rural area in the
municipality of Puerto Asís. Soldiers found 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of coca
leaves, 50 gallons of gasoline and storage tanks.
It is unclear which specific gangs operated the laboratories, officials said.

Uruguay: Police seize more than 50 kilograms of marijuana


MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Counter-narcotics agents seized more than 50
kilograms (110 pounds) of marijuana and dismantled a narco-trafficking organization
in the department of Tacuarembó during “Operation Heze,” officials said in a
statement on April 1.
The organization is suspected of trafficking large amounts of the narcotic
into the country from neighboring Brazil, police said, according to the Uruguayan
website Uruguay al Dia.com.
Police arrested eight Uruguayans, including two women, during the raids,
which were conducted in Montevideo and the city of Costa de Oro, according to the
Uruguayan website Canal10.com.
Police also seized two vehicles and an unspecified amount of money.

Costa Rica: Police seize 92 kilograms of cocaine


SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Counter-narcotics agents seized 92 kilograms
(202 pounds) of cocaine stashed in boxes on a truck near the border with Nicaragua,
officials said on April 2.
The Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security said the police confiscated the
narcotic in the city of Peñas Blancas. The cocaine, which was hidden in boxes
labeled as sardines, was found in the double lining of the truck’s cab, according to
the ministry.
The truck driver, Ortiz González, 32, was arrested in connection with the
confiscation, officials said. González, who allegedly was transporting the cocaine
to Guatemala, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to the
Guatemalan daily Prensa Libre.

Dominican Republic: 157 cocaine packages seized from boat


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Drug Control Agency
(DNCD) made three arrests in connection with the seizure of 157 packages of cocaine
from a boat near the northeastern Port of Samaná in a joint operation with the navy
and the air force, authorities said March 31.
The cocaine was found at the port during a routine search, DNCD spokesman
Col. Ramón Rodríguez said.
Authorities arrested King Ureña, Yvan Miguel Paulino Tyne and Luis Álvarez.
Law enforcement agents are searching for Alfredo Pérez Henríquez, according to the
Dominican Republican newspaper Listín Diario.

Dominican Republic: Police seize cocaine shipment at airport


SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican National Drug Control
Agency (DNCD) and the Special Airport Security Corps seized 13 kilograms (28.6
pounds) of cocaine hidden inside a suitcase at the airport on April 4, officials
said.
Agents found the cocaine, divided into 11 packages, in a suitcase suspected
of belonging to José R. Ogando Pineda, who allegedly works for a luggage
transportation company.
Agents are trying to determine where the cocaine came from, where it was
headed and whether Ogando is part of an international narco-trafficking ring,
according to a DNCD statement.
Agents have discovered narcotics in more than 30 pieces of luggage at the
International Airport of Las Américas in the nation’s capital so far this year.

Chile: Micro-trafficking arrests increase 50%


SANTIAGO, Chile – Police have reported a 50% increase in the number of
arrests in connection with the micro-trafficking of narcotics during the first three
months of the year, compared to the same period in 2010.
Gen. Aquiles Blu, director of Order and Security of the Chilean Carabineros,
said his unit has confiscated 2,000 tons of narcotics during the first quarter of
the year.
“We have plenty of great news regarding the number of operations carried out
by the police,” Blu said, according to the Chilean daily La
Tercera. “These interventions are happening because of the community’s
cooperation. Thanks to this dynamic, we have had more than 15,000 delinquents
arrested for micro-trafficking.”
Blu said residents have aided law enforcement agents in the fight against
narcotics.
“The information that the community gives to us is processed and analyzed
with intelligence methods. Then we proceed to the raids and subsequent arrests,” Blu
said, according to La Tercera. “This information is primordial to
our success.”
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