Colombia, Panama and U.S. Partner in Cocaine, Marijuana Bust

By Dialogo
December 17, 2014



Colombia’s National Navy, Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) and US Military troops partnered to seize 295 kilograms of cocaine and 288 kilograms of marijuana from a vessel in the Caribbean Sea on December 7.

They also arrested two suspects, but military authorities did not immediately disclose their names. The drugs were bound for Central America, military officials suspect.

The Armed Forces of the three countries cooperated closely to make the seizures and arrests. Colombia’s Navy obtained intelligence about the suspicious vessel and alerted U.S. Armed Forces, which forwarded the information to SENAN.

Colombia, Panama, and the United States have signed international cooperation agreements that allow them to exchange information to carry out interdictions of suspicious vessels.

Mexican troops and Federal Police bolster security in Acapulco


Mexican Army troops and Federal Police (PF) assumed command of public safety last week in the Pacific Coast resort city of Acapulco, according National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido.

The Soldiers and PF agents will provide security to residents in areas which have seen an increase in violence as a result of battles between drug cartels and gangs. There, organized crime groups are fighting for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes.

The goal of the federal government is to “establish permanent security conditions” so residents will “have the certainty that they will have the necessary guarantees to enjoy their time off” during the holiday season, according to Rubido.

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has bolstered security in 36 towns in the Hot Land, a region known for drug trafficking activity that encompasses parts of the states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Morelos and Mexico, Rubido said, adding the forces will be under the Defense Ministry’s command.

“The goal is to restore security conditions and reestablish the rule of law and peace in all the towns of this region,” Rubido told reporters.


Colombia’s National Navy, Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) and US Military troops partnered to seize 295 kilograms of cocaine and 288 kilograms of marijuana from a vessel in the Caribbean Sea on December 7.

They also arrested two suspects, but military authorities did not immediately disclose their names. The drugs were bound for Central America, military officials suspect.

The Armed Forces of the three countries cooperated closely to make the seizures and arrests. Colombia’s Navy obtained intelligence about the suspicious vessel and alerted U.S. Armed Forces, which forwarded the information to SENAN.

Colombia, Panama, and the United States have signed international cooperation agreements that allow them to exchange information to carry out interdictions of suspicious vessels.

Mexican troops and Federal Police bolster security in Acapulco


Mexican Army troops and Federal Police (PF) assumed command of public safety last week in the Pacific Coast resort city of Acapulco, according National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido.

The Soldiers and PF agents will provide security to residents in areas which have seen an increase in violence as a result of battles between drug cartels and gangs. There, organized crime groups are fighting for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes.

The goal of the federal government is to “establish permanent security conditions” so residents will “have the certainty that they will have the necessary guarantees to enjoy their time off” during the holiday season, according to Rubido.

President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration has bolstered security in 36 towns in the Hot Land, a region known for drug trafficking activity that encompasses parts of the states of Guerrero, Michoacán, Morelos and Mexico, Rubido said, adding the forces will be under the Defense Ministry’s command.

“The goal is to restore security conditions and reestablish the rule of law and peace in all the towns of this region,” Rubido told reporters.
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