Colombian Navy Seizes 1,123 Kilograms of Cocaine Allegedly Belonging to the FARC

By Dialogo
December 09, 2014



The Colombian Navy confiscated 1,123 kilograms of cocaine suspected of belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest terrorist group, the Navy reported.

Security forces discovered the cocaine at the mouth of the Mira River in the southwestern Department of Nariño. The cocaine had been divided into 1,168 packages.

The FARC’s Daniel Aldana Front allegedly owned the cocaine, which had a street value of about $30 million (USD) and would have left the country through the Pacific Ocean, the Navy reported. The Navy has confiscated more than 30 tons of cocaine along the country's Pacific Coast in 2014.

Peruvian police arrest suspect for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs inside dogs


Peruvian police captured a 22-year-old Mexican national for allegedly trying to turn two dogs into drug mules.

Giussepe Tombolan is the first suspect arrested in the Andean nation for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs inside dogs. Peruvian security forces captured him during a raid at a hotel in Lima where he allegedly put packages containing 2.9 kilograms of cocaine inside the stomachs of two St. Bernards, according to local police chief Basilio Grossman.

A veterinarian surgically removed the cocaine-filled pouches from the pooches - a male named Bombon and a female named Lola. They were suffering from peritonitis, which is the inflammation of the peritoneum, the thin tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers most of the abdominal organs.

Bombon died from the infection on December 5, according to Peru’s Andina
state news service.

Colombian Navy seizes torpedo intended for transporting drugs


The Colombian Navy recently seized a four-meter long, semi-submersible torpedo that could transport 200 kilograms of cocaine for 10 hours before refueling, Col. Carlos Mario Diaz, the commander of the Second Marine Brigade, told reporters.

Security forces found the torpedo, reportedly the first of its kind in Colombia, when the Navy raided three camps along the Pacific Coast allegedly belonging to Los Rastrojos, one of the country’s largest narco-trafficking groups. No arrests were made during the raids at the camps, which each had the capacity to accommodate up to 30 people.

Fewer homicides in Mexico


Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s pledge to fight narco-traffickers and organized crime groups is paying off.

The country is on pace to record 15,000 homicides nationwide this year, representing about an 18 percent drop compared to 2013, according to Undersecretary for Crime Prevention Roberto Campa Cifrián, who spoke to reporters on December 6.

Peña Nieto has focused his crime-fighting strategy on the states of Guerrero, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Durango, Coahuila, Colima and Michoacán.

Paraguay: SENAD arrests 9 suspects, seizes 415 kilograms of marijuana


Paraguay’s National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD) arrested nine suspects in connection with the seizure of 415 kilograms of marijuana and two small planes that allegedly belonged to suspected narco-trafficker Bernardino Quiñonez Portillo’s criminal organization. Drug traffickers used the planes to to transport shipments of about 500 kilograms of marijuana at least one a month from the airport in Coronel Oveido – the capital of the department of Caaguazú – to Argentina, according to Paraguay’s Public Ministry.

SENAD forces made the seizures in the city of Coronel Oveido on December 5. They also confiscated a Toyota Hilux pickup truck and jet fuel during the bust.

In January 2014, SENAD agents captured Quiñonez, who is also known as “Nair,” in the city of Lique in the Department of Central.


The Colombian Navy confiscated 1,123 kilograms of cocaine suspected of belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest terrorist group, the Navy reported.

Security forces discovered the cocaine at the mouth of the Mira River in the southwestern Department of Nariño. The cocaine had been divided into 1,168 packages.

The FARC’s Daniel Aldana Front allegedly owned the cocaine, which had a street value of about $30 million (USD) and would have left the country through the Pacific Ocean, the Navy reported. The Navy has confiscated more than 30 tons of cocaine along the country's Pacific Coast in 2014.

Peruvian police arrest suspect for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs inside dogs


Peruvian police captured a 22-year-old Mexican national for allegedly trying to turn two dogs into drug mules.

Giussepe Tombolan is the first suspect arrested in the Andean nation for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs inside dogs. Peruvian security forces captured him during a raid at a hotel in Lima where he allegedly put packages containing 2.9 kilograms of cocaine inside the stomachs of two St. Bernards, according to local police chief Basilio Grossman.

A veterinarian surgically removed the cocaine-filled pouches from the pooches - a male named Bombon and a female named Lola. They were suffering from peritonitis, which is the inflammation of the peritoneum, the thin tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers most of the abdominal organs.

Bombon died from the infection on December 5, according to Peru’s Andina
state news service.

Colombian Navy seizes torpedo intended for transporting drugs


The Colombian Navy recently seized a four-meter long, semi-submersible torpedo that could transport 200 kilograms of cocaine for 10 hours before refueling, Col. Carlos Mario Diaz, the commander of the Second Marine Brigade, told reporters.

Security forces found the torpedo, reportedly the first of its kind in Colombia, when the Navy raided three camps along the Pacific Coast allegedly belonging to Los Rastrojos, one of the country’s largest narco-trafficking groups. No arrests were made during the raids at the camps, which each had the capacity to accommodate up to 30 people.

Fewer homicides in Mexico


Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s pledge to fight narco-traffickers and organized crime groups is paying off.

The country is on pace to record 15,000 homicides nationwide this year, representing about an 18 percent drop compared to 2013, according to Undersecretary for Crime Prevention Roberto Campa Cifrián, who spoke to reporters on December 6.

Peña Nieto has focused his crime-fighting strategy on the states of Guerrero, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Durango, Coahuila, Colima and Michoacán.

Paraguay: SENAD arrests 9 suspects, seizes 415 kilograms of marijuana


Paraguay’s National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD) arrested nine suspects in connection with the seizure of 415 kilograms of marijuana and two small planes that allegedly belonged to suspected narco-trafficker Bernardino Quiñonez Portillo’s criminal organization. Drug traffickers used the planes to to transport shipments of about 500 kilograms of marijuana at least one a month from the airport in Coronel Oveido – the capital of the department of Caaguazú – to Argentina, according to Paraguay’s Public Ministry.

SENAD forces made the seizures in the city of Coronel Oveido on December 5. They also confiscated a Toyota Hilux pickup truck and jet fuel during the bust.

In January 2014, SENAD agents captured Quiñonez, who is also known as “Nair,” in the city of Lique in the Department of Central.
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