International security forces capture alleged drug traffickers in Panamá
By Dialogo October 03, 2014
Brothers Edgar and Ever Bustamante Riascos are allegedly key members of The Business, a drug trafficking gang which often uses speedy go-fast boats to transport large amounts of cocaine from Panamá to Costa Rica and other destinations.
But the brothers Bustamante were not fast enough to evade Special Forces of Panamá’s National Police, Colombian anti-narcotics police and agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Working in cooperation, security forces from those three countries captured the brothers in September in Panama City. Agents from Panamá’s Directorate of Judicial Investigation and Directorate of Police Information also assisted with the arrests.
Edgar Bustamante, also known as “Yuca,” and his brother Ever – who uses the aliases “Tata” and “Tatabro” - are allegedly part of a family which helped found The Business, a drug trafficking gang which has been operating in Buenaventura since the 1990s. The Business is comprised of members of the Bustamante family, various criminals, corrupt business people, and former paramilitaries. It was once allied with Los Rastrojos, another drug trafficking organization which is based in Colombia.
U.S. drug enforcement agents suspect the brothers have transported about three tons of cocaine to Costa Rica.
The Business has been battling the Clan Úsuga, another Colombian drug organized crime group, for regional control of drug trafficking since about 2012. That fight has led to several defections between the two criminal groups.
Drug traffickers use Panamá primarily as a transshipment point, transporting drugs from that country to Costa Rica, México, and the United States. It’s also occasionally a meeting point for criminal groups and terrorists to plot their illegal activities. For example, some leaders of the terrorist group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) as well as top Clan Úsuga leaders, such as Francisco Morelo Peñata, also operate in Panamá. Morelo Peñata, who is also known as “El Negro Sarley,” moved to Panamá in September 2012 to manage the drug trafficking group’s illegal enterprises, including money laundering.
It is interesting and worthwhile to broadcast these issues to create awareness of the need to reject them and use every means to exterminate them.