Drug Trafficking Support Network Disrupted in Nicaragua

By Dialogo
January 14, 2013

The Nicaraguan police disrupted a drug trafficking support network that operated in several cities, captured 27 people, and seized hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as substantial assets, an official source reported on January 10.

As part of the so-called “Operación Sur” (Operation South), 42 raids were conducted in the Rivas, Granada, Carazo, Masaya, and Managua districts, in the southwest of the country, Director of Judiciary Support Glenda Zavala reported.

The official highlighted the importance of the operation executed on January 9, the goal of which was to “disrupt organizations that support international drug trafficking.”

At the police operation, 27 people were arrested, and $127,000, C$ 62,000 (equivalent to $2,564), 19 properties, 224 cattle, motorcycles, speedboats, trucks and firearms were seized.

The arrestees, all Nicaraguan nationals were sent to courts where they will be tried for organized crime, money laundering, and illegal possession of weapons.

Police operations are part of the “contention wall” against drug trafficking which is boosted by the government to prevent drug cartels, which operate extensively in Honduras and Guatemala, from settling in the country.

In 2012, the police disrupted a drug trafficking support network led by Henry Fariñas, an entertainment businessman who was injured in the attack that killed Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral in Guatemala in July 2011.

Fariñas was sentenced to 30 years in prison along with his accomplices.

Another important case was the capture and prosecution of 18 Mexican citizens when $9.2 million were seized in August 2012. They were found guilty in December and they are awaiting sentencing.