Peru: 54 clandestine landing strips used for narco-trafficking destroyed
By Dialogo September 26, 2014
After blowing up dozens of drug trafficking routes – literally – Peruvian police are winding down their explosive operation.
Since 2011, Peruvian security forces have destroyed 54 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers. Most runways were 500 meters long and 10 meters wide, and they were primarily located in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley region (VRAEM).
First, police gathered intelligence on the location of the runways, often in cooperation with Bolivian security officials. The two countries recently agreed to share real-time information regarding suspicious planes travelling across their border. This was a crucial component of the operation, since about half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Perú annually is flown to Bolivia by plane. That’s about four shipments of about 300 kilograms every day, moving on from Bolivia to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
Even after they detonated explosives along drug-trafficking runways, Peruvian police would continue to surveil the area. Often, they found that drug traffickers paid local residents up to US $100 to repair holes caused by explosives.
Efforts to stop drug-trafficking on the ground before it takes to the skies are particularly crucial in Perú - the world’s leading cocaine-producing country. In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú; it’s home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares which are used for coca cultivation.
Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca - the main ingredient used to produce cocaine - is used for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA).
Dominican Republic anti-drug agents seize 1,020 kilograms of heroin
Meanwhile, in the Dominican Republic, anti-drug agents on September 23 captured two suspects and seized 1,020 kilograms of heroin that were destined for the United States and Europe.
Anti-drug agents arrested Fanny Elizabeth Testamark Venesia, 48, a native of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, and Dominican César Riquelmi Villar, 36, at the Las Americas airport. The heroin was wrapped into 50 individual, brick-size packages.
The suspects also are accused of recruiting people to traffic narcotics abroad.
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