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Mexican cartels growing operation in Northern Triangle of Central America

The diversion of precursor chemicals used to produce drugs has gained a growing importance in the Northern Triangle of Central America, formed by El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

marihuana_0The Mexican cartels exert a growing influence in Central America , a field of operation “very easy” for the diversion of precursor chemicals used in drug production, Costa Rican authorities warned today.

“The Mexican cartels are acting more active in the region,” said Emilia Ramirez, head of the Precursor Control Unit of the Costa Rican Drug Institute (ICD).

Ramirez said that even though Costa Rica “does not suffer the ravages of drug trafficking”, the process has gained a growing importance in the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America, formed by El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras .

“It took a lot of strength in what is called Northern Triangle,” the official said on Tuesday at the “Seminar on Prevention of diversion of precursors and chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of drugs” in the Nations’ capital.

This seminar will examine actions to shore up coordination to respond to the phenomenon.

Ramirez said the cartels “is very easy to divert them precursors of the Northern Triangle, the controls are very weak and its proximity to Mexico.”

He added that Costa Rica “is trying to act preventively and not expect the problem to get our country.”

The event also involved the drug commissioner of Costa Rica, Mauritius Boraschi, who said that the seminar is organized in order to “strengthen and coordinate the efforts of the participating entities to improve the national response to the problem.”

The “diversion of chemical precursors and precursors for illicit drug manufacture transcends borders and has been spreading to neighboring countries, neighboring or not, drug-producing countries, “he said.

“That’s why we involve judges, prosecutors, police and experts involved in the issue of precursors, washing and issues related to the phenomenon of drugs,” said Boraschi.

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Posted by on 03/20/2013 in Crime!


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Joint co-operation with Mexican and Guatemalan Armies fighting crime

The Mexican Army and Guatemala, began operating in the border of the two countries, in order to inhibit organized crime, which uses the “blind spots” for the blind after weapons, drugs, undocumented, merchandise, gasoline, among others, it was announced, Colonel Bayron Quinones, commander of Task Force West San Marcos Department of Guatemala.

Mexican and Guatemalan armies to fight crime on the Border

Mexican and Guatemalan armies to fight crime on the Border

In turn, the Attorney General of the state, Raciel Lopez Salazar, reported that according to the FBI, based in Guatemala and El Salvador, will be an exchange of information, including a database of fingerprints datasheets and gang members arrested and prosecuted in Chiapas.

This, in order to rule out that they have a court order in force in Central America. They also noted the priority of conducting track of firearms that have been insured with the institution to know its true origin and destination.

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Posted by on 02/15/2013 in Border, Crime!


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Belize the new drug haven for Mexican Drug Cartel

Belize, which borders Mexico and Guatemala, has become dominated by the cartels Los Zetas and Maras, warns a report by Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.

Belize the New Drug Haven

Belize the New Drug Haven

According to the policy analysis group and intelligence in the last 30 years has intensified the phenomenon of drug trafficking in the small Central American nation that has become important point for smuggling cocaine from South America to the United States.

Despite having a population 43 times smaller than Guatemala or 15 times less than the average Central American countries, Belize faces growing murder rate, gang, the problem of being important point for the drug and lack of resources.

Inter-American Dialogue that higher ranks cartel operations are performed in the jungles of Petén and the Keys, a chain of 450 small coral islands, to smuggle drugs, people, weapons, wood and exotic animals.

Drug trafficking tentacles extending from Belize

Inter-American Dialogue alert increasingly becomes a center for trafficking of drugs and contraband.

The safety analysis set eyes U.S. now in Belize.

Belize is a small country that borders Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast, south of Quintana Roo. For some it is almost heavenly: is rainforest and small luxury hotels located in the Keys Caribbean. And some little known is that increasingly becomes a center of drug trafficking and smuggling of weapons and people, as well as Guatemala, as well as Honduras or El Salvador, and as they are near the border with Mexico.

“(The) analysis of organized crime and insecurity in the northern triangle of Central America to ignore or minimize the role of Belize will leave out a key player,” said a recent report of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.

Belize, he added, “has proven to have geographic and strategic importance for traffickers of illegal goods (weapons or drugs), smugglers and gangs.”

In fact, in 2012 a Lebanese linked to arms trafficking, including Arab extremist group linked to Hezbollah, was arrested in Cancun, Mexico: Raffiq Laboun Allaboun Mohammed, who had, among other things, false Belizean passports.

But in the last 30 years the main challenge for the country’s drug trade has been that it is a transfer point for cocaine from South America to reach the United States.

The problem now has increased. The arrival of gangs, corruption, the Mexican cartels, the political disputes with other countries in Central and fact which in turn is surrounded by nations in trouble will not help the situation in Belize.

The result in any case is not only insecure and penetration of offenders, particularly the Mexican cartels, in governing bodies. With a population of 321,115 people, recorded 146 murders in 2012. The figure seems small, but it represents 44 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

According to UN data, the homicide rate in Mexico in 2012 was 22.7 per 100,000.

According to the report of the Inter-American Dialogue, despite having a population 43 times smaller than Guatemala or 15 times less on average relative to other Central American countries, Belize faces “a growing murder rate, gang, a role as a of transshipment of drugs, and a budget for public safety is not proportional to their needs. ”

But, despite the problems and the reality of the presence of groups like Los Zetas gangs or maras, the Belize situation seems largely ignored. After all it is a nation with a population of English-speaking, with a population mostly of African descent and Maya.

The origin of the Spanish names in Belize is equally simple: many are descendants of the Maya who came here fleeing the Caste War of Yucatan, in the mid to late nineteenth century.

The half of the population is below 20 years of age and with an unemployment rate reaching nearly 19.5% of the social problem issue is also not something to ignore.

Worse, the report said, “the territorial dispute between Guatemala and Belize imposes a serious obstacle to a stronger partnership between the two countries to combat organized crime.”

Guatemala and Belize not only have a historical dispute, since English settlers coastal territories occupied practically the Captaincy General of Guatemala to create their own state, but current differences, especially in the jungles of Peten, where an ill-defined border lends smuggling of all kinds, including timber and exotic animals, as well as drugs.

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Posted by on 02/12/2013 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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Mexican Drug cartels operating in 16 countries on the American Continent

In Mexico, the dispute over control of the territories being waged between eight drug cartels

operating throughout the country have consolidated their expansion projects and organized their cartels into a transnational presence and partnerships with local criminal groups from Canada to Brazil covering 16 countries in the Western hemisphere.

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Though the fight against drug trafficking undertaken by the Calderon government, in which 22 of the 37 most wanted leaders and operators have been detained-from March 2009 until today.

In recent years the eight Mexican cartels consolidated their internationalization presence. In a report by the PGR updated to August this year, reveals that Mexican transnational organizations have partnerships operating in 16 countries in the hemisphere .

“El Chapo”, with the largest or the Sinaloa cartel Pacific, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has hegemony. Until now has expanded its presence to 13 countries on the continent: Canada, United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Venezuela.

The closest competitors of the organization “El Chapo “are Gulf cartel and” Zetas “(formerly antagonistic allies and today), operating in a total of nine nations, as documented by the Mexican federal government sharing intelligence with the authorities in these countries.

Both groups are in the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia and Bolivia, seeking to control territory. It has also documented the presence of “Los Zetas” in Honduras, Argentina and Brazil, while their rivals now Gulf cartel operating in Belize, Costa Rica and Peru.

The other criminal groups also have operations in some of these nations, but not at the same level. For example, the once powerful as the Arellano Felix cartel, is present only in the United States and Peru, while Juarez is on American soil, maintaining its alliances in Colombia, as well as Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, and has Argentina reached.

In this drug map, the recent criminal group “The Knights Templar“, which grew out of “The Family” in 2011, in just one year operates in the U.S., while the group from which emanated Michoacan has ramifications on U.S. soil, Colombia, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Beltran Leyva, after separating from “El Chapo” hold its own network in the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia. Colombia remains, together with Bolivia and Peru, as the epicenter of the production of cocaine.

While Ecuador and Venezuela, see how the Mexican and Colombian cartels used as transit countries, with the consequences of violence on the rise, while Chile with Argentina-seen as a haven for the supply of precursor chemicals, are used as ports output to export the drug to Africa and Europe. Brazil is the largest consumer just Latin America, but also the largest supplier of chemical inputs to process cocaine.

Bruce Bagley, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, said that Mexican cartels are in control in the Andean region and the Northern market. “There is something very clear: instead of letting traded intermediary groups (drug), they (the Mexican narcos) are already hands in the dough.”

“We had no major problems capos here, and now, we speak here of cartels and mini-posters . The crops also appear in Zulia, Tachira, Apure. ” Hernan Matute , coordinator of the Drug Free Chair of the Institute of Caracas.”

This phenomenon of ‘paid assassins’ was not observed in Argentina, becomes a worrying situation that goes together with increased drug trafficking. ” Eduardo Amadeo , deputy national Peronist Front.

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Posted by on 09/18/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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The criminal group Los Zetas, are main smugglers of cigarettes from Panama

The criminal group is listed as one of the main organizations involved in smuggling cigarettes to other countries

Criminal group los zetas main smugglers of cigarettes in Panama

The criminal group Los Zetas ranks as one of the main organizations involved in smuggling cigarettes from Panama to other countries in Central America, Mexico and Brazil, today unveiled a tobacco executive.

“The Zetas and the various mafias operating in Central America and the Caribbean are the main smugglers of cigarettes. Apart from their illegal actions they are in the smuggling because these products are easy to launder money, “said Alfonso Gordon, regional manager for trademark protection of British American Tobacco.

At a forum on the topic, Gordon said the Mexican criminal organization “is very influential in smuggling” in the region because their members have moved from Mexico to the south, specifically Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

He said that in discussions with various authorities in Central America in the course of investigations into smuggling from the Colon Free Zone (CFZ), the Caribbean, Panama, the band is mentioned Los Zetas.

He even cited that according to the investigations, 50 percent of the group’s business is related to drug trafficking and 50 percent to cigarette smuggling and human trafficking and weapons.

The way that the smugglers operate begins when one of its members visit cigarette factories in Paraguay, China and India to purchase product, which is then transferred to the FTA under a customs manifest “in transit” and then “re”.

“They’re going to Central and then to Mexico or Brazil. (Both countries) are the main target them for market size and the number of consumers, “said Gordon.

The executive said that organized gangs in the region raided the smuggling of goods as a means to legalize the money from drug trafficking or weapons.

“They get a lot of cash for drugs and somehow have to legalize it and one of them is by using products such as snuff tradition, which legalized in different countries and launder money,” he said.

A curious fact that Belize quoted destinations around the smuggling-record banking superior to all the countries of Central America “with connections to Panama,” without having a major industry, although three casinos on the border with Mexico.

One problem is that authorities cannot check the goods when it is stated that customs documents is in transit, although executives of British American tobacco, assessed the actions against the scourge of the Customs Authority of Panama.

Cordon said that for its geographical position, Panama is an important point in the logistics of the smugglers of cigarettes, illegal flow of 5.5 million units from the FTA, of which only one million remains in the country of the isthmus.

In Paraguay, the country with 35 cigarette factories which 90 percent were exports, India and China, should the snuff which triangulates the countries of the region from the Panamanian free zone, to impact the final consumer price.

On China, said a large factory in the country has an above-the three major tobacco companies in the world, including British American tobacco.

During the forum, the former prosecutor on intellectual property crimes and now a legal consultant, Ramiro Esquivel, warned of the economic, social and health from cigarette smuggling, counterfeiting and alteration.

As several countries in the region, Panama also tightened smoking with bans in public places and imposing tax rates of up to 100 percent, but as it impacted Cord increase consumption of illegal products.


Posted by on 08/15/2012 in Crime!, Money Laundering, Smuggling


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Guatamala Detects that the Mexican Zetas gang trains the Mara Salvatrucha

Detect that Zetas gang trains the Mara Salvatrucha

Guatemalan authorities say the Zetas gang of drug traffickers is training Mara Salvatrucha in paramilitary camps

Mara Salvatrucha
Mara Salvatrucha being trained by the Mexican Zetas gang

GUATEMALA. April 7. – The Zetas are recruiting gang members of Mara Salvatrucha for training in paramilitary camps in Mexico, Guatemalan authorities said.

For years, the Zetas gang has controlled the criminal networks in the cities of the country and are responsible for much of the extortions, kidnappings, assaults and murders.

The Zetas want the gangs to generate chaos in Guatemala City, capital of the country, to distract the actions and resources of the authorities and thus ensure the control of rural land routes used for drug trafficking with the support of the intelligence provided by a local criminal sophisticated structure, said Guatemalan authorities.

The maras can improve their criminal operations and make more money with access to military training, long-range weapons and drugs for sale or consumption, the authorities concerned.

“In this union with Los Zetas , (the) Mara Salvatrucha is more capable of articulation, strategy and more maneuverability, “said Stuart Velasco, chief coordinator of the Task Forces of the Ministry of Interior.

According to police intelligence sources, Los Zetas seek to recruit five thousand employees. “The strategy is that the Mara Salvatrucha chaos concentrated in the metropolis to keep it clear of drug runners inside the country, “says the source.

The presence of Mexican cartels in Guatemala, particularly the Zetas, led the government of Alvaro Colom to impose states of emergency in the provinces of Peten in May 2011 and in Alta Verapaz in December 2010.

The Minister Lopez Bonilla says that in addition to Los Zetas criminal groups are more American territory: “They are like 22 groups in different areas,” he said, “the most important and dangerous is that of Los Zetas , because not only engage in drug trafficking take control of the criminal structure and completely take over all kinds of activities. “

Velasco, who is coordinating police operations against criminal groups in the country, explained that “they know that the economic benefit is great and that Los Zetas, being a foreign group, need their networks to increase their operational level in Guatemala. “

The information on the alliance between gangs and mushrooms came after the arrest of 50 people linked to the massacre at a cattle farm of Petén on 14 May that killed 27 people, 25 of them beheaded a senior official of the Attorney General.

The Zetas seek to integrate the Mara Salvatrucha is “full and we are providing military training and political indoctrination in Mexican fields.”

Guatemalan officials say there are training camps of Los Zetas in the states of Veracruz, Sonora, Chiapas and San Luis Potosi.

To date the Mexican authorities have reported that Los Zetas have recruited or trained gangs in Mexico.

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Posted by on 04/07/2012 in Crime!, Mexican Drug Cartels


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‘Operation Hammer ‘, a multinational effort against drug trafficking

MIAMI, Feb. 9. – The United States Southern Command confirmed today the participation of troops in ‘Operation Hammer ‘, a multinational effort against drug trafficking and organized crime off the coast of Central America.

In the operation the combined forces of the Southern Command and 12 other countries in the hemisphere

Trafficking routes into USA
Trafficking routes into USA

and Europe. Unity in Miami said that “the U.S. contribution to the multinational operation detection, surveillance and interdiction includes Navy ships and Coast Guard, as well federal and corporate aircraft security units.

The mission of Operation Hammer is to detect and intercept the routes used by drug traffickers, both in parallel drug trade and weapons and money laundering. “Over 80 percent of the cocaine is destined for the United States is transported by sea, using coastal routes through Central America, “said General Douglas Fraser, commander of the Air Force Southern Command in a statement.”

By working with our partner nations, we intend to terminate its operations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone, “he explained.” The illicit trade threatens the safety and welfare of the citizens of each country and has a negative influence on regional and national security, “said Fraser.

According to the statement, Operation Hammer is a critical component of the U.S. government’s strategy for coordinated security between regional agencies to support the White House strategy to combat transnational organized crime. addition United States, participating in Operation Hammer military Belize, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Spain, France, Guatemala, Holland, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the UK.

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Posted by on 02/10/2012 in Crime!, Drugs, Money Laundering


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