Peru to Track Narcoterrorists by Satellite

By Dialogo
October 17, 2012

Peru arranged to use a satellite and 20 acquired helicopters in the fight against remnants of the Shining Path, who are acting in alliance with drug traffickers, stated Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano, on October 13.

“We are initiating efforts to obtain cutting-edge technology, because we will start monitoring narcoterrorists by satellite,” highlighted the Minister.

Cateriano declined to give further details about these events, and indicated that the government of President Ollanta Humala has taken “urgent measures” to provide law enforcement with “modern technology to better confront these criminals.”

According to the government, the term “narcoterrorist” refers to the partnership between drug trafficking gangs and the Shining Path guerrilla remnants that take refuge in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM), a jungle and mountain area where the majority of coca crops are grown.

“We want to increase the acquisition of helicopters, because it is extremely urgent to combat terrorism and drug trafficking due to the wild geographic characteristics of the VRAEM,” said the official without elaborating on details about the negotiations.

During U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s official visit to Lima, Cateriano said they discussed the possibility of using some of the helicopters sent by Washington in the fight against drug trafficking.