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May 31, 2011, 1:00 AM
Defense Minister Nelson Jobim has issued a call to Brazilian business to invest in the revitalization and development of the national defense industry. According to the minister, unlike in previous decades, the country is currently at a propitious moment for making “a qualitative leap” in this sector, especially following the changes that have taken place in recent years in the national political and economic panorama.
May 31, 2011, 1:00 AM
This year’s iteration of U.S. Southern Command’s annual Panama Canal exercise, slated for August, will for the first time feature Colombia leading the land component, and will include an added emphasis on cyber operations.
May 31, 2011, 1:00 AM
Two U.S. Army surgeons currently taking part in Task Force Bon Voizen, a New Horizons Haiti 2011 humanitarian engineer and medical training exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard, shared their skills with Haitian physicians at St. Nicolas Hospital, in St. Marc, Haiti.
May 27, 2011, 1:00 AM
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — A group of 14 prisoners tried to escape May 12th from La Reforma, Costa Rica’s largest prison. The attempted jailbreak was led by Nicaraguan inmate Erlyn Hurtado, who in 2005 was involved in one of the nation’s bloodiest massacres, and Johel Araya, who was shot six times in an escape attempt from the same prison in 2006.
May 27, 2011, 1:00 AM
More than 4.6 tons of marijuana and 686 pounds of crack have been confiscated by Federal Highway Police in 2011.
May 26, 2011, 1:00 AM
On 24 May, the United States announced the imposition of new sanctions on “seven foreign entities,” including the Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA, for trade with Iran
May 26, 2011, 1:00 AM
On 24 May, Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Menocal announced the extension to other regions of operations aimed at detaining members of the Mexican Los Zetas cartel, to whom the massacre of twenty-seven peasants on a rural property in the northern part of the country has been attributed.
May 26, 2011, 1:00 AM
The fight against drug trafficking and criminal gangs, made up in part of former paramilitaries with ties to drug trafficking, will be the priority of the Colombian Armed Forces, the defense minister announced upon presenting his new security policy on 24 May.
May 26, 2011, 1:00 AM
Police in Croatia and Spain smashed a trans-Atlantic cocaine smuggling ring from the Balkans, arresting 11 people suspected of trafficking some 700 kilos of cocaine, officials said on 24 May. The detained, suspected of being members of so-called “Balkan Cartel,” smuggled at least 718 kilos (1,580 pounds) of cocaine from Brazil into Europe in 2010, the deputy head of the national Bureau for the Fight against Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK), Natalija Petkovic, told journalists.
May 25, 2011, 1:00 AM
A homemade tank, with capacity for twenty men, the ability to shoot in all directions, and resistance to explosives, was found during an operation targeting the Los Zetas cartel in the state of Jalisco, in western Mexico, the state government announced.
May 25, 2011, 1:00 AM
More than twelve tons of cocaine that were going to be sent to Mexico were seized in the port of Cartagena (in northern Colombia, on the Caribbean), the Colombian Navy announced in a statement.
May 25, 2011, 1:00 AM
Around five hundred elite police officers are patrolling Ecuador’s major cities in a new crime-fighting measure, following the government’s decision in November to have military personnel participate in operations against urban crime, an official spokesperson announced on 23 May.
May 25, 2011, 1:00 AM
El Salvador’s leftist administration is seek to levy a tax on two thousand large taxpayers in order to raise 120 million dollars a year for the fight against crime, a proposal that has been cautiously received by business, which wants to know first what activities will be financed with those resources.
May 24, 2011, 1:00 AM
Three alleged members of the Mexican Los Zetas cartel were arrested with banners claiming responsibility for the massacre of twenty-seven peasants in Guatemala a week ago, and with a warning to the press to stop publishing news unfavorable to that organization.
May 24, 2011, 1:00 AM
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos defended the evidence value of the contents of the computers seized from the FARC guerrilla group in Ecuador in 2008, after the Supreme Court of Justice rejected them as evidence in a trial.
May 24, 2011, 1:00 AM
The Brazilian armed forces believes the U.S. Army South-led Peacekeeping Operations – Americas 2011 exercise has helped its country in its preparations to host two of the world’s largest sporting events.
May 24, 2011, 1:00 AM
A vast cocaine trafficking ring from South America to Russia has been dismantled in the region of Krasnodar (in southern Russia), the press service of the local branch of the Russian security services (FSB) indicated.
May 23, 2011, 1:00 AM
Starting on 23 May, the Brazilian Army, Air Force, and Navy will conduct an enormous joint exercise in the Amazon region, mobilizing around 4,500 men for operations simulating war in the jungle, the Defense Ministry announced.
May 23, 2011, 1:00 AM
Central American presidents promised to redouble their efforts to fight organized crime at a meeting chaired by Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom. The call by the leaders comes days after hitmen belonging to the Mexican Los Zetas cartel murdered twenty-seven laborers on a Guatemalan rural property, a massacre for which three suspects have been detained.
May 23, 2011, 1:00 AM
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos highlighted the fight against drugs waged by the administration of his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderón, and insisted that this fight should be a global one.