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Mexico- unmanned aircraft (Drones) for tracking drug cartels and organized crime

Drones for tracking Drug cartels

Drones for tracking Drug cartels

The Ministry of the Navy (Semar) will launch next March unmanned aircraft to serve in precision operations against drug cartels and other organized crime groups, as well as in cases of natural disasters.

These smart air units were designed and manufactured by Navy personnel in Mexico. Be able to send real-time video and photographs of high-risk areas considered criminal, and social impacts that cause situations of flooding, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, among other natural disasters.

The new prototypes will be able to make flights of up to six miles around with a duration of 120 minutes.

In the case of actions against organized crime and drug trafficking is the surprise factor that will help the Navy of Mexico to conduct precision operations, as each unit can send the image of safe houses that are used for the safekeeping of weapons as a gunmen bedroom, or to kidnap performances, among other crimes.

The drone of the Navy are made of lightweight material highly resistant. The team that designed and built the new units is composed of ten experts of the Institute for Research and Technological Development of the Beloved of Mexico.

A captain, whose name is reserved for security reasons, explained that for the first time such drones are designed by Mexican military operations to protect and safeguard the public.

“(The drone) is armed based carbon fiber, has a takeoff weight of 9.5 kilograms, with a wingspan of 2.54 meters.

He also explained that its control of earth station is a portfolio, which contains the computer which controls the aircraft and all attachments for communications.

“It also has a communications tower. All this equipment is easily transportable in a van or a helicopter in the Navy to deploy forces where they require. “

Pilots without wings

The new unmanned aircraft are being tested for operation in March, are handled by an experienced airline pilot of the Navy Department.

“The challenge or the commitment to integrate a team that handles different disciplines is the satisfaction, is to obtain the result sought, the plane can get to places using an element of surprise by its size and position mode operation.

“(It’s) contribution to national security. This aircraft can carry out operations that develop their own navy in the fight against drug trafficking and to support the civilian population by weather that hit the country for the recognition of carriers concerned.

“It may be the most valuable land is the institution in order to assess the situation before sending manned units,” he explained.

The Navy pilot who does the testing of the units said that “it is a ship of the characteristics of a plane called the coach, a high-wing aircraft, with attachments that help provide more lift to the whole.

“The drones can fly to a lower speed, short of the condition of collapse, a situation that is very favorable for this type of aerial craft that has to be at moderate speeds.”

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Los Zetas-No. 2 boss ,Rigoberto Zamarripa Arispe-captured!

Rigoberto Zamarripa Arispe, No 2 Los Zetas Boss

Rigoberto Zamarripa Arispe, No 2 Los Zetas Boss

A Los Zetas drug cartel boss and four associates were arrested by marines in Cadereyta, a city in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, the Navy Secretariat said.

Rigoberto Zamarripa Arispe, “presumably the No. 2 boss in the command of the Los Zetas criminal organization” in the area, was arrested as a result of an anonymous tip, the secretariat said.

The 36-year-old Zamarripa Arispe was arrested at a ranch in Cadereyta along with Juan Luis Martinez Perez, 54, and Juan Fidencio Perez Saucedo, 27.

Marines seized eight rifles that the suspects had buried on the property, four handguns, 48 ammunition clips, ammunition, a vehicle and communications equipment.

Jose Galvan Palacios, 43, and Ruben Nicanor Tijerina Garcia, 31, were arrested at a house in Cadereyta in a separate operation targeting members of the same Los Zetas cell.

Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, mainly operates in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi states.

Los Zetas has been battling an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels, known as the Nueva Federacion, for control of the Monterrey metropolitan area and smuggling routes into the United States.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

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Lisbon Report-New Drugs have become the New Challenge facing Europe!

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The regular appearance of new drugs, some of them sold through the Internet as a legal substance, is the “challenge of the decade” facing Europe, warned the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

In its annual report, released Tuesday in Lisbon, the Observatory estimates that cocaine could “have reached a plateau,” while the “cannabis is declining among young people.” Meanwhile, consumption of synthetic drugs such as ecstasy and amphetamines, is “generally stable or declining.”

In terms of new substances, 39 of them were identified earlier this year, after the 41 reported to the EMCDDA and Europol in 2010. Currently, more than 150 substances are monitored by the European early warning system (EWS).

“The rapid emergence of new psychoactive substances are not controlled – often sold under the name ‘euphoric legales’ – is a growing challenge in Europe and internationally,” says the EMCDDA.

Given this situation, “the drug policy and European responses must be set now to meet the challenges of the next decade,” said Wolfgang Götz, EMCDDA Director.

The main difficulty to stop that progress lies in the “increased interaction” between the markets of “legal highs” and illegal substances, according to the report, highlighting the emergence of a record number of 600 online shops selling psychoactive substances.

The EMCDDA cites, among others, mephedrone, a synthetic drug upcoming ecstasy or cocaine, both sold online as “legal highs” and “through illegal networks.”

Most of the new substances are synthetic cannabinoids, cathinone (Khat) and derivatives of synthetic drugs such as ketamine or phencyclidine.

“A picture of the world in which we live, the drug market evolves rapidly and increasingly globalized, ready to adapt to threats and opportunities,” said Götz.

In contrast, the situation is slightly more optimistic with regard to cocaine and cannabis.

“Some evidence suggests that positiovos cocaine use might have reached a plateau, and the use of cannabis is losing ground among young people,” says the report.

These “clues” is the fact that countries like Denmark, Spain, Italy and Great Britain (four of the five countries where consumption levels are the highest in Europe) showed “a decline in cocaine use in the During the last twelve months among young adults (15 to 34 years) “, a trend also observed in Canada and the United States.

The economic crisis currently affecting many European countries may partially explain the decline, given the relatively high cost of cocaine (50 to 80 euros a gram), says the EMCDDA.

In parallel, the number of seizures of cocaine, constantly increasing, went from 56,000 in 2004 to 99,000 in 2009.

The EMCDDA indicates, moreover, that the decrease in consumption of cannabis may be linked in part to the snuff, since the two substances are often consumed together. However, cannabis remains the drug “more popular in Europe.”

In respect to amphetamines and ecstasy, the EMCDDA highlights the trend of the last five years shows a use “generally stable or in decline” among people aged between 15 and 34.

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Colombia’s FARC rebels have named Timoleon Jimenez as their new leader

New leader for FARC

New leader for FARC

Colombia‘s FARC rebels have named Timoleon Jimenez as their new leader after the group’s previous head was killed in a Colombian military operation earlier this month.

In a statement on Tuesday from the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the group said it had designated 52-year-old Jimenez as its new chief on November 5, a day after his predecessor Alfonso Cano was killed while trying to break out of a military cordon in southwestern Colombia.

“We want to inform you that Comrade Timoleon Jimenez, with a unanimous vote by his companions in the secretariat, was designated on November 5 as the new commander of the FARC,” said the statement published on the Bolivarian Press Agency website, a site that often carries messages from the rebels.

The US government has offered a $5m reward for Jimenez, known as Timochenko, and Colombia’s government is offering another $2.6m for his capture.

Jimenez is the nom de guerre of Rodrigo Londono, who was born in the village of Calarca in western Colombia. He is one of the least visible rebel commanders.

One of his most recent appearances was in a May 2008 video confirming the death of FARC leader Manuel Marulanda.
Jimenez has been a member of the FARC’s seven-man ruling secretariat since the 1980s, making him the longest-serving member, according to Carlos Lozano, an analyst for the Communist Party weekly Voz.

Blows to leadership

The rebels’ leadership has suffered a series of blows beginning in March 2008, when the FARC’s foreign minister, Raul Reyes, was killed in a bombing raid on a rebel camp across the border in Ecuador.

That raid yielded authorities a treasure trove of information from computers and digital storage.

That same month, the FARC’s co-founder, Marulanda, died in a mountain hideout of a heart attack. Cano, the rebels’ chief ideologist, was named to succeed him.

And in July 2008, commandos posing as international aid workers rescued former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, three US military contractors and 11 others in an elaborate and bloodless ruse.

Still, the FARC has been regrouping in recent months, and is believed to have about 9,000 fighters within a disciplined military hierarchy.

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