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Peru has become the world’s largest COCA producer

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Peru has overtaken Colombia as the world’s largest coca crop cultivator, reinforcing its position as the world’s primary cocaine producer and highlighting the growing demand for the drug in Europe and regional markets.

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) annual report “Peru: Cocaine Cultivation Monitoring 2012,” more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops were cultivated in Peru in 2012, compared to 48,000 hectares in neighbouring Colombia. Although coca cultivation decreased in both countries when compared to the previous year, in Peru it only dropped by 3.4 per-cent, while Colombian cultivation fell by 25 per-cent.

As in neighbouring Bolivia, Peru has a sizeable domestic demand for unprocessed coca leaves. However, according to the report, that demand could be met with less than 7,000 hectares of coca crop, suggesting that the vast majority of coca produced is destined for drug processing.

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Peru’s newfound position as the number one cultivator of coca reinforces its status as the world’s primary producer of cocaine, a position it previously attained through growers’ use of coca strains that produce a higher cocaine yield. Even without these advantages, Peru would likely remain the world’s biggest cocaine supplier as interdiction rates are a fraction of those seen in Colombia.

The emergence of Peru as the world’s main supplier has been boosted by changing consumption patterns. Most Peruvian cocaine is destined for consumption in Brazil and Argentina or export to Europe — all markets that have grown substantially in recent years. In contrast, the US market has declined, but remains predominantly the domain of Colombian cocaine, which accounts for 95 per-cent of all imported product, according to US government estimates.

While cocaine production has been booming, prices have fallen to levels much lower than those seen in Peru’s rivals, to the extent that much of the cocaine that arrives in Argentina and Brazil from Bolivia now originates in Peru.

The thriving cocaine sector has inevitably attracted the interests of international organized crime groups, research in the country revealed the presence of Colombians, Mexicans and Russians. However, this has not yet led to growing violence, and Peru has yet to see the sort of criminal conflicts that still plague Colombia.

The Peruvian government has pledged to fight trafficking, announcing a hard-line anti-drug strategy in 2011. However, their efforts have yielded questionable results. Though authorities eradicated 12,000 hectares in the first half of 2013, it is unclear whether such efforts actually decrease the total cultivation area or if growers simply move elsewhere.

 
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Posted by on 09/28/2013 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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Officials investigate after three men found shot in Tulsa garage

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Originally posted on KFOR.com:

TULSA, Okla. – Authorities are investigating after three people were shot Friday morning.

Police said they found three men in a garage in south Tulsa.

One of the victims was killed in the shooting, another was in critical condition.

The third is in stable condition.

Officials said, so far, they have not arrested anyone.

They are working to piece together a description.

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Posted by on 09/27/2013 in Crime!

 

Man Murders three in Miami

Murdered women in Miami

Murdered women in Miami

A Miami man murdered his former girlfriend and her mother and then during his escape caused a violent car accident, which killed a third woman, after which he committed suicide.

 According to police reports, it all started in a domestic violence incident.  The man apparently shot dead Viviana Gallego, 51, and her daughter Anabel Benitez, 28.

After the accident the gunman, who was surrounded by police, committed suicide

After ending the life of the two women, the gunman took flight at full speed aboard a jeep chased by police.

Finally, after several kilometers of being chased, the alleged murderer’s vehicle violently crashed into another car where a third woman, who was thrown from the vehicle and died almost instantly, stated in the online edition of El Nuevo Herald The police helicopter was able to record images that you see how the terrain of the alleged perpetrator swiftly flowing along a highway, and just crashing at an intersection at the vehicle of the third died.

After the accident the gunman, was surrounded by police, committed suicide, according too local media reports.

 
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Posted by on 09/19/2013 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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Dolly Cifuentes linked with Joaquin El Chapo Guzman arraigned

An alleged Colombian drug trafficker accused of having ties to the Mexican organization Joaquin ” El Chapo “Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, appeared before a federal judge in Miami on Monday , but the hearing was held behind closed doors by order of the judge.

Colombian Drug trafficker associated with Joaquin " El Chapo "Guzman,

Colombian Drug trafficker associated with Joaquin ” El Chapo “Guzman,

Immediately after the hearing started with Dolly Cifuentes , Judge Joan Lenard ordered the audience leave the room. Only a few people were present, including the defendant, her attorney Bonnie Klapper, prosecutor Andrea Hoffman, one interpreter and several policemen.

According to court records contained in the online system of the federal courts, Cifuentes Villa was due to Lenard to change the declaration of innocence that had been made in August 2012.

In 2010, the U.S. government accused Cifuentes, dubbed the “minor” with conspiracy to import and manufacture cocaine knowing that it would be imported into the United States, and to manufacture and distribute cocaine in Guatemala and Colombia and to import these drugs into this country .

In total, the authorities made five charges that carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

 However, due to an agreement between Colombia and the United States, Cifuentes cannot face a life sentence or death. At the hearings where the accused changed her initial statement of innocence to guilty, also typically announced a plea deal. Through these agreements undertake to cooperate with the authorities in ongoing investigations, in exchange for a lighter sentence and avoid a trial, a process that is usually longer.

Cifuentes, recently extradited more than a year from her country, would have been a brother’s girlfriend of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. After the hearing of nearly an hour, Klapper  the defense attorney refused to comment outside the courtroom to. Lenard said the judge had ordered court documents remain secret. Cifuentes entered the courtroom minutes before Lenard request removal of those present.

She was dressed in a short sleeveless camisole and beige pants. Her face was pale. A woman who also left the room said it was the lawyer of Cifuentes in Colombia, who said that the defense of the accused had asked that the hearing be reserved. The woman, who spoke Spanish, was not to be identified by name.

 
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Posted by on 09/15/2013 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Jonathan Fernando Ramírez Villegas, alleged chief escort for the Gulf Cartel captured

Jonathan Fernando Ramírez Villegas, revealed that the charges against “El Comandante Pepe” include acts to extort, kidnap or commit murder and drug distribution.

CANCUN, September 5. – Investigations and intelligence work after the arrest of Jose Roberto Diaz Cornelius, alias “El Comandante Pepe”, was captured in Merida, Yucatan, Jonathan Fernando Ramírez Villegas, the alleged chief escort for the Gulf Cartel Square in Playa del Carmen.

The capture of ‘El Comandante Pepe’ led to the arrest of Jonathan Ramirez Villegas According to the state attorney, in his first statements the detainee revealed that the instructions in “El Comandante Pepe” to extort, kidnap or commit murder and drug distribution to the various vendors of Playa del Carmen, the received directly and after sort was responsible for the gunmen.

In a statement, the Attorney General of Quintana Roo said Villegas Ramirez also accepted membership in the criminal organization of the Gulf Cartel and being the second in command, when eight months ago “El Pepe” took command of head space Playa del Carmen.

The agency said that thanks to the reports provided by “Comandante Pepe” after his arrest, it was established that his alleged escort was in the city of Merida. José Roberto Diaz Cornelius has opened four preliminary investigations for alleged involvement in homicides in Playa del Carmen, as well as allegations of extortion.

 
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Posted by on 09/06/2013 in Crime Watch, Crime!

 

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Ten men with links with Mexican cartels and Los Zetas and the FARC, captured

Map of Mexican drug cartels based on a May 201...

Map of Mexican drug cartels based on a May 2010 Stratfor report. “Free Article for Non-Members”. Stratfor. 2010-05-17 . . Retrieved 2011-03-28 . Tijuana Cartel, red; Beltrán Leyva Cartel, orange; Sinaloa Cartel, yellow; Juárez Cartel, brown; La Familia Michoacana, green; Gulf Cartel, cyan; Los Zetas Cartel, blue. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ten men reported to have links with Pacific Mexican cartels and Los Zetas and the FARC, were captured after the United States requested his extradition for crimes related to drug trafficking.

Those arrested include two policemen and John Eduarth Monk Alvarado, mayor of Milan, Department of Caquetá and 395 miles southwest of Bogota, said the director of the Technical Investigation of the Attorney General, Maritza Escobar.

“According to the investigation conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office with support from U.S. authorities, it was established that these people would be part of an international organization which exported 100 tons of cocaine a year, to Central America, United States, Spain and Australia,” the agency researcher in a statement.

The arrests took place in nine cities, including Bogota, Medellin and Cali

The report added that “it was determined that the structure would have ties to the Pacific Cartel and Los Zetas in Mexico as well as the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and the criminal gang Los Urabeños“.

The arrests took place in nine cities, including Bogota, Medellin and Cali.

Five of the 10 captured belong to the same family.

The Colombian authorities have said that Colombian drug gangs supplied the drug to groups of Mexico, who are responsible for the drug across EU, but ruled that Mexican cartels have direct presence in the country.

Other arrests

The Colombian authorities have conducted other operations in which they have detected the presence of the Mexican cartels. – On January 13, 2011 was captured Julio Enrique Ayala Muñoz, one of the men close to Joaquin El Chapo Guzman in the Colombian city of Cali. Ayala, era conocido como El Cóndor. Ayala, was known as the Condor.

– On January 20, 2011, Colombia’s judicial police caught Carlos Arturo Cordoba, The Claw, responsible for getting the aircraft traveling to EU.

– On October 30, 2012 was arrested Colombian drug kingpin Henry de Jesus Lopez Londoño, My Blood “, considered the largest supplier of cocaine to Los Zetas.

 
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Posted by on 08/24/2013 in Latin America Drug kingpins, Mexican Drug Cartels

 

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Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, “X-20″, alleged leader of the Gulf Cartel, was arrested

x2017082013_pMEXICO CITY, August 17. – Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, “X-20″, alleged leader of the Gulf Cartel, was arrested at 21:34 hours last evening and was delivered to the Deputy Attorney Specialized Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO) of PGR. Amid tight security, involving Mexican military vehicles and military personnel, the suspect was transferred from the International Airport in Mexico City, where he arrived from Tamaulipas, the building located at Avenida Paseo de la Reforma number 75.

Trevino Ramirez was captured Saturday during a raid by the Mexican army in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas.

The Department of Justice United States offered a reward of five million dollars to anyone who furnish information leading to his capture, since it is set by authorities in that country for various crimes. Ramirez Trevino is expected shortly to make a statement to the federal prosecutor, who will determine within the next few hours his legal status. SEIDO facilities were guarded by military personnel and the side of the Paseo de la Reforma was temporarily closed to traffic, because at that place are military vehicles.

 
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Posted by on 08/18/2013 in Crime!

 

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