Nicaragua: Police bust international crime network
By Dialogo May 29, 2012
MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan Police arrested on May 27 11 alleged members of an international narco-trafficking network led by Alejandro Jiménez, alias “El Palidejo” (the pale one), a Costa Rican who was detained in Guatemala in March because of his connection with the killing of Argentine singer and songwriter Facundo Cabral last year.
During a simultaneous operation in three Nicaraguan cities, police were able to detain 11 members of the crime network, two Colombians and nine Nicaraguans, according to Glenda Zavala, a police spokesperson.
Among those arrested is the sister of Henry Fariñas, a key eyewitness to the Cabral killing, and a government official who was in charge of producing identification documents to the crime network members, she said.
Colombian nationals Javier Euscategui and Gonzalo Rugeles were arrested in the north side of Managua because of their connection to a small airplane theft in the El Dorado airport of Bogotá last March.
The crime network led by Jiménez had two branches, one in charge of smuggling drugs and money laundering and another to obtain illegal documents and transport the money, Zavala said.
[AFP (Nicaragua), 28/05/2012; El Nuevo Diario (Nicaragua), 28/05/2012]