Colombia: Multinational operation seizes 2.7 tons of cocaine

By Dialogo
March 31, 2011



BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Three Colombians and two Hondurans were
arrested aboard an unflagged vessel suspected of transporting 2.7 tons of cocaine
near the Colombian island of San Andrés, officials said.
The arrests and seizure, which were carried out during Operation Daga, were
the result of a joint effort among the coast guards of Colombia, the United States,
France, Honduras and Nicaragua, according to the website El
Colombiano.com.
Since the five detainees were intercepted by French authorities aboard an
unflagged vessel in international waters, they were subsequently taken, along with
the drugs, to the French island of Martinique and handed over to local authorities,
according to La Prensa.com.

Mexico: Drug war has displaced 230,000

MEXICO CITY – The country’s fight against narcotics has
displaced about 230,000 people, with about 50% of them seeking refuge in the United
States, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.
The institution’s report was based on studies by Mexican researchers, as the
Mexican government doesn’t maintain official figures related to the displacement of
its people.
“Independent surveys put their number at around 230,000,” the report said,
according to The Associated Press. “An estimated half of those
displaced crossed the border into the United States, which would leave about 115,000
internally displaced, most likely in the states of Chihuahua, Durango, Coahuila and
Veracruz.”
Despite the lack of official figures relating to displacement, the 2010
census carried out by the government found that hundreds of thousands of homes were
left vacant in violence-plagued areas, including the dangerous border city Ciudad
Juárez, where 111,103 of 488,785 houses had been abandoned.

Bolivia: Cocaine seized near border with Peru

LA PAZ, Bolivia – One hundred ninety-four kilograms (427 pounds)
of cocaine hidden in a camouflaged truck were confiscated near Bolivia’s border with
Peru on March 26, Col. Juan Luis Torrelio, the head of the Bolivian Special Forces
Against Drug Trafficking (FELCN), said.
Torrelio said the truck crossed the border near Yunguyo, Peru, and was bound
for the Bolivian province of Santa Cruz, according to
FmBolivia.net.
The cocaine was divided among 189 packages stashed beneath a false bottom in
the truck. The driver, whose name was not released, was arrested, officials said.
A day earlier, law enforcement officials found 26 kilograms (57 pounds) of
cocaine in another vehicle in the same area, Torrelio said.

Dominican Republic: Alleged drug smuggler extradited to U.S.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican authorities have
turned over an alleged narcotics drug trafficker so he can stand trial in Puerto
Rico on charges of smuggling at least five kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine and one
kilogram (2.2 pounds) of heroin to the island.
Miguel Ángel Martínez, also known as Miguel Ángel Santana Martínez, and
“Nani,” was extradited to Puerto Rico last week, according to the Dominican
Republic-based website Listín Diario.com.
Martínez, 41, also is expected to be tried in a U.S. District Court, where
he’ll face charges of criminal possession with the intent to distribute the
narcotics, the Dominican National Drug Control Office said in a statement.
U.S. authorities requested Martínez’s extradition in November 2010, the
office said.

Colombia: Three police officers killed in FARC attack

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – At least three police officers were killed
and three others wounded in an attack by members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces
of Colombia (FARC) on the outskirts of Miranda, a town in the southwestern
department of Cauca, officials said.
The FARC is one of the region’s largest terrorist and narcotics trafficking
organizations.
The guerrillas surprised the police officers as they traveled along a road
that leads from Miranda to the town of Florida, located in the neighboring
department of Valle del Cauca, on March 27.
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