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More Than A Ton Of Cocaine Busted In The Pacific Ocean, Near The Azuero Peninsula

Drug TraffickingColombia's anti-narcotics police in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than a ton of cocaine and arrest four people in international waters of the Pacific ocean near Panama, according to a press release. (more)

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SENAN Arrested Three Colombians In A Ship With A False Bottom

Drug TraffickingThe National Naval Air Service arrested three Colombians on board a boat with an empty double bottom, presumably being used to transport illicit substances. (more)

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Authorities Seize More Than 228 Kilos of Cocaine

Drug TraffickingNational Police officers seized more than 228 kilos of cocaine, discovered in a van located in the Costa Sur along the Southern Corridor, in Juan Diaz. (more)

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Drug Bust In Panama's Kuna Yala Region

Drug TraffickingPanamanian Border Service agents seized 14 packages of cocaine in the community of Acuatupu, in the Kuna Yala region, that was found in some residences there. (more)

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Panama's Special Operations Forces Searching For Cop Killers in Nombre de Dios

Drug TraffickingPanama's National Police reported today they are performing a Special Operation in the Caribbean town of Nombre de Dios, where last Friday two police officers were killed by suspected drug traffickers.

According to a police spokesman in Nombre de Dios, a small coastal town in the province of Colon, "there are operations" to attempt to capture a gang that ambushed and killed the two police officers, assigned to the Anti Drug Tactical Operations Unit of the National Police.

The deceased were identified as Corporal Alfredo López and Agent Luis Lee.

La Critica reported today police officers are searching the homes of Nombre de Dios, and they suspect the band is composed of Colombians and Panamanians, who attacked the two police officers on a beach where they were guarding a boat used by the National Police.

The report adds that the residents of the village have complained that the police officers have sprayed pepper spray at them when they enter their houses to conduct the search.

The National Police said there is no restriction on the movement in Nombre de Dios, explaining that the controls they have imposed are in response to the investigation of a double murder, and an operation to search for and capture those responsible. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Normally the drug traffickers simply drop their weapons and run away into the bush when they are confronted by the National Police. It is highly unusual for any drug traffickers to ambush and kill police officers in Panama. Very unusual. The Panamanian SOF guys are pretty salty. They've got good trackers. I suspect they will round these guys up before too long. In the meantime, avoid this area.

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Coast Guard Cutter Seizes a Ton of Cocaine

Drug TraffickingU.S. Coast Guard - ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active seized an estimated 2,300 pounds of cocaine, worth approximately $37 million, in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean some 140 miles off the coast of Panama late last month.

Active, home ported in Port Angeles, Wash., was on routine patrol in the region when it was directed to intercept a suspicious Panamanian fishing vessel sighted earlier by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 aircraft.

A Coast Guard boarding team was launched as Active approached the fishing vessel.

During an inspection of the vessel, the boarding team discovered more than 40 burlap sacks filled with cocaine. The fishing boat, the contraband, and five suspected smugglers were turned over to Panamanian authorities.

"I am extremely proud of this crew. They have continually lived up to the cutter's nickname, the ‘Li'l Tough Guy’," said Cmdr. Philip Crigler, Active’s commanding officer. “Through their tenacity we have had great success on this patrol keeping illegal drugs from reaching the shores of the United States."

The Coast Guard deploys assets to both the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea in coordination with other law enforcement agencies and partner nations in the regions to disrupt the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.

Overall coordination of surveillance and patrols is done by an interagency task force based in Florida. U.S. maritime law enforcement and the interdiction phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific occurs under the tactical control of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered in Alameda.

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SENAN Busts Three Drug Traffickers With 525 Kilos of Cocaine

Drug TraffickingOperational units of the SENAN captured three men, two Colombians and one Panamanian.

They seized 525 kilos of cocaine in Portobelo, in the province of Colon, in "Operation Cristo Negro."

The three drug traffickers were traveling in a 26 foot long speedboat named the "Guerrero."

They had 21 bundles on board, each with 25 kilos of cocaine, for a total of 525 kilos of cocaine, according to field testing.

So far this year the SENAN has seized a total of 3,651 kilos of drugs. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: A big drug bust in the US is a couple of kilos. A big drug bust in Panama is a couple of tons. In this case 525 kilos is 1,157 pounds (or .57 tons). And the SENAN has already busted more than four tons of cocaine this year.

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SENAFRONT Arrests Two FARC Guerrillas In The Darien

Drug TraffickingTwo alleged members of the 57th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a man and a woman, were captured by units of the State Border Service (SENAFRONT) of Panama near the border with Colombia in an indigenous village, reported an official source.

The capture of two alleged members of the FARC took place on March 28 in the Kuna Yala community of Anachucuna, near the border with Colombia on the Caribbean coast, said a statement from SENAFRONT.

The man was carrying a 9 mm pistol, ammunition, a magazine, and two cell phones.

The man and woman, who remain unidentified and who had a "relationship", said they were trying to enter into Panamanian territory in order to qualify for a demobilization program, the statement said.

The Director of the SENAFRONT Frank Abrego said they conduct constant patrols, perform humanitarian activities, and other actions prompting these Colombian "narco-terrorists" to turn themselves in.

According to Abrego "some members of the 57th Front decide to enter our territory because they know the Panamanian authorities will respect their human rights." (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: The FARC is now just a shadow of it's former self. Over the past 15 years the Colombian military has grown more and more capable, and they have maintained constant pressure on the FARC - now nothing more than a drug trafficking para military group. The 57th Front has always been responsible for the area of the Panama / Colombia border in the Darien. And in the past few years the Panamanian SENAFRONT has stepped up their patrolling and improved their capabilities. This sort of activity poses practically no threat to the members of the English speaking community of expats in Panama - unless you are stupid enough to go trekking into the jungle on your own and looking for trouble. Then, your chances of finding trouble zoom-climb to 100%.

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One Guerrilla Killed and Two SENAFRONT Officials Shot in Darien Confrontation

Drug TraffickingTwo members of the State Border Service (SENAFRONT) were injured yesterday during an armed battle with suspected members of a Colombian narco-terrorist group in the Viejo Mijagual Indian village, on the banks of Chucunaque river in the Darien, near the border with Colombia.

Unofficially it was learned that one of the Colombian guerrillas died in the confrontation that occurred on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the two Panamanian SENAFRONT members who were shot during the confrontation were flown in an SENAN Aviocar aircraft to the old Howard Air Force Base, and from there by ambulance to a hospital in Panama City.

The Panamanian authorities have not released either the health condition nor the names of the two wounded officials.

Another detail obtained by this news team is that the incident came as the result of a complaint filed by a citizen in the area.

The SENAFRONT deployed a Special Forces team in response to the complaint.

It was learned that between three to five people were arrested during the operation, and the prosecutor in the Darien was conducting the removal of the body. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: The Panamanian government is taking more and more control back in the Darien region. These "narco guerrillas" are basically little more than armed and organized bands of drug traffickers, who move large quantities of cocaine using human "mules" to haul the loads. They require assault rifles such as AK-47's or M-16's to defend both the cocaine and their turf from rival bands. Every now and again these guys will come wandering down out of the mountains and go into one of the remote Indian villages in the Darien, looking for supplies and food. And the villagers have learned that when they see a band of insurgents, the best thing to do is to report them to the SENAFRONT, which responds in force. This is a big change from five years ago. During the administration of Martin Torrijos they basically allowed the narco guerrillas to run wild, and they preferred to avoid confrontation, afraid that confronting them would bring Colombia's problems into Panama.

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Five Veteran Police Officers Arrested For Drug Trafficking

Drug TraffickingFive veteran police officers have been arrested for trafficking drugs.

A Major with 27 years of service, a Lieutenant with 15 years of service, two Sergeants with 13 years each, and an agent were the five police officers of the National Police who were arrested in the process of making a drug transfer.

The Director General of the National Police, Julio Moltó, said the arrests came as a result of an internal investigation led by the Directorate of Police Intelligence (DIP) and the Office of Professional Responsibility (DRP), allowing them to dismantle the group of corrupt policemen, who were engaged in drug trafficking with civilians.

He also reported that after the arrest of the five police officers, all have have been turned over to the Superior Board for dismissal, and immediately they were handed over to prosecutors who will start their investigation of the facts, so they can face the full weight of the law if they are found to be guilty.

The former police officers remain in custody. (Dia a Dia)

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Three Die in Secret U.S. Drug Spy Mission

Drug TraffickingBy CAMERON LANGFORD - CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (CN) - A plane crash near the Columbia-Panama border killed an American, and blew the cover on a drug surveillance operation run by a U.S. government contractor, the victim's daughter claims in Federal Court.

Jennifer Moore sued the United States of America, Sierra Nevada Corporation and New Frontier Innovations LLC for the estate of her father, Ralph James Dietz.

"Decedent was employed by Sierra Nevada and/or New Frontier as a part of an intelligence operation called 'Prospector,' a privatized United States counter drug-mission based in Panama operated on behalf of, and for the benefit of, the United States of America. ... New Frontier provided pilots and crews for Sierra Nevada's 'Prospector' mission," according to the complaint.

Dietz was on Sierra Nevada's spy plane the night of Oct. 5, 2013, when the pilot lost control and crashed into mountainous jungle at the border of Panama and Columbia, Moore says in the lawsuit.

"On or before the impact, the fuselage of the airplane ignited, burning the decedent's body," the complaint states.

Dietz was 66.

Moore claims New Frontier's pilot was blind in one eye and unqualified to fly the "modified" aircraft, which was loaded with surveillance equipment.

While the complaint gives no details about Dietz's role in the operation, Moore's attorney told Courthouse News that Dietz was conducting surveillance when the plane went down.

Sierra Nevada Corp., based near Reno, Nev., did not return a phone call and email seeking comment, and nobody answered the number listed for Virginia-based New Frontier Innovations.

Two other Americans and a Panamanian died in the crash, according to investigative reporter Aram Roston.

Operation Prospector was launched by a secret branch of the U.S. Air Force called "Big Safari" that granted Sierra Nevada a no-bid contract to track drug smuggling boats leaving Columbia, Roston reported for Vocativ.com.

Moore seeks damages for wrongful death and the "eternity of pain" her father suffered in the fiery crash before he died.

She is represented by John Curney with Curney, Farmer, House and Osuna of San Antonio. (Courthouse News Service)

Editor's Comment: A couple of observations. First of all (pet peeve) - it's "Colombia" not "Columbia." Secondly, see this related article; Exclusive: A Secret Mission, a One-Eyed Pilot, a Fiery Crash in Colombia which spells out the details of the mission and the crash.

I flew on similar "secret" anti drug missions for years while on active duty in the Air Force. They are "secret" mostly because they are intelligence collection missions, and the goal is to collect information on the drug traffickers, and to pass that intelligence to surface vessels so they can conduct an interdiction, seize the drugs, and arrest the traffickers. Of course if the bad guys knew when you were going to be up, where you would be flying, and your full capabilities then they would be better able to avoid detection. It's a never ending game of cat and mouse.

But it's not really a secret that the US is collecting intelligence information against drug traffickers - but the details of the means and methods are protected. Reporters always tend to get all giddy when something has been classified by the US government - and they want to know simply because they are not supposed to know - simple curiosity. For the most part, the work is thousands of hours of boredom penetrated by moments of excitement, or - as in this case - abject terror.

The details about the modifications to the aircraft are troubling. I flew on highly modified C-130 aircraft carrying the Comfy Levi and Senior Scout SIGINT collection packages. You never want to take changes to aircraft lightly, and on the surface it looks like these guys were playing sort of "fast and loose" with the rules. The aircraft was so highly modified it was only supposed to be used for "crew training and market surveys" according to its FAA airworthiness certificate - and that's not what these guys were doing when the pilot flew them into a mountain. The one-eyed pilot survived, so I'm sure he's been debriefed to exhaustion on this crash. Now he will also be deposed as a witness to this lawsuit.

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SENAN Seizes 200 Kilos of Cocaine Off Caribbean Coast

Drug TraffickingPanama's National Air Service (SENAN) seized 200 kilos of cocaine on a boat carrying three suspects near Isla Naranjo, in the province of Colon.

SENAN Director of Operations Ramon Nonato Lopez said the three crew members of the vessel "La Bambina" fled, but an operation is currently underway to capture them.

On a different subject, Nonato spoke about the progress they are making to provide transportation to public school teachers who work in hard to reach areas.

The operation started last Saturday, in support of the Ministry of Education. (Telemetro)

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USS Halyburton Assists in Rescue of Panamanian Crashed Helicopter

Drug TraffickingBy Lt. Mark Day, USS Halyburton Public Affairs CARIBBEAN SEA (NNS) -- A Panamanian helicopter crashed killing one and injuring eight while working together with USS Halyburton (FFG 40) conducting operations in support of Operation Martillo in the 4th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 6.

The names of the victims will not be released until after notification of the next of kin and released by the Panamanian authorities. There were no U.S. service members or personnel hurt in this incident.

The Panamanian helicopter, a Bell 412, had arrived in the vicinity of the beached small craft and assumed monitoring activities from the U.S. helicopter when it crashed with nine people onboard.

The Halyburton, a guided-missile frigate, immediately assumed the role of search and rescue on-scene commander. While Cutlass 466, the MH-60R attached to the Halyburton from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 46, returned to the area to begin search and rescue operations.

Halyburton's helicopter Cutlass 466 transported six of the wounded to a hospital in Panama, while Panamanian forces rescued and are transporting the other two survivors.

Halyburton is currently deployed in the Caribbean Sea conducting counter illicit trafficking operations in support of Operation Martillo.

Operation Martillo targets illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus, and is an international, interagency operation which includes the participation of 14 countries committed to a regional approach against transnational criminal organizations moving illicit cargo.

This deployment is Halyburton's last deployment in her 30-year career, as she is scheduled to decommission later this year. Her keel was laid Sept. 26, 1980 and she was commissioned Jan. 7, 1984. She is named for Petty Officer 2nd Class William David Halyburton, a pharmacist's mate, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism, May 10, 1945, while serving with the Marine Rifle Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division on Okinawa.

U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command's joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.

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Big Drug Bust in Coronado

Drug TraffickingThe Panamanian national police made a large drug bust in Coronado yesterday.

The Directorate of Judicial Investigation seized 49 kilos of cocaine yesterday afternoon.

They also seized several vehicles with double bottoms, used to transport the drugs.

Five people were arrested. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: No matter where you are in Panama, there could be a massive pile of cocaine just a few feet away, or a suitcase filled with a million dollars in cash...

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Drugs and Money Seized in Costa del Sur

Drug TraffickingAn estimated $635,000 in cash and 92 packets of cocaine were seized yesterday at Mansion #11 in the exclusive Sunset Coast housing development, in Costa Sur, located next to the Southern Corridor.

The seizure of drugs and money was achieved through a joint operation conducted by the National Police and Anti Drug Prosecutor.

At the scene police officers arrested one Colombian, two Panamanians, and two Guatemalans.

They also seized six cars, four of which had secret (double bottom) compartments. (Critica)

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Police find $7.2 million cash stashed in suitcases at airport in Panama

Drug TraffickingBy Catherine E. Shoichet (CNN) - It started when police found nearly $7.2 million stuffed in eight suitcases at a Panama airport.

Investigators say they suspect the cash, which had been concealed in hidden compartments in luggage on a flight from Honduras, was being moved for a powerful cartel, but they haven't said which one. The money was mostly in U.S. $100 bills, authorities said.

In a case that highlights the regional impacts of the drug trade, now Honduran investigators are trying to figure out how the suitcases slipped by airport authorities, drug police and special investigators at the Toncontin airport in Tegucigalpa.

Authorities have suspended dozens of officers as they investigate, Honduran police told CNN affiliate Televicentro.

Panamanian police, who described the suitcase stash as their largest seizure in years, arrested three Honduran nationals at Tocumen International Airport.

Editor's Comment: In Panama the cocaine moves North and the money moves South. There are many people in Panama City who have a unique problem - too much cash. Money laundering is a major activity in Panama. And just like cocaine busts - in the US when they nab a kilo or two that's considered to be a "major" confiscation. In Panama if it's not a couple of tons, then it's a relatively boring and routine action. 300 kilos is sort of "so what" anymore...

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Customs agents seize 128 pounds of cocaine at Baltimore port

Drug TraffickingBy Kevin Rector and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun - In one of the largest drug busts at the port of Baltimore in years, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized two gym bags stuffed with nearly 128 pounds of cocaine from a Panamanian shipping container.

Customs agents put the estimated street value of the drugs at $4 million.

"'Tis the season for giving, but sometimes it's better to just seize," the agency said Tuesday in a statement announcing the Dec. 18 bust. (Baltimore Sun)

Editor's Comment: It's funny how "large" drug busts in the United States are measured in pounds. In Panama a large drug bust is a couple of tons...

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The National Air Service Seized 132 Kilos Of Cocaine From A Vessel Called "ELKAMFRE"

Drug TraffickingThe National Air Service (SENAN) seized 132 kilos of cocaine at Brujas, in Chiman, at the Archipelago Las Perlas, through an intelligence operation called “Emmanuel Dios con Nosotros” undertaken yesterday with several naval and air equipment.

This was done with the cooperation of the staff from the Prosecutor related to Drug Offences and the illegal substance was taken by air on the helicopter AN 110 to the Base of the General Command Captain Lloyd Núñez Guerra.

The substance was found in seven packages wrapped in tape of different colors and designs, inside a white and blue speedboat with the name “ELKAMFRE” of approximately 25 feet and with a 200 HP motor. A M16 supplier was also found with live ammunition.

The Coastal Patrol Boat (BPC 3803) of the SENAN saw suspicious movement inside the speedboat on Sunday. The crewmembers noticed the presence of the units and tried to flee, so the BPC 3803 started with its interdiction efforts.

The subjects abandoned the boat “ELFAMFRE” by the shore during the persecution and then fled through the forest.

The vessel was watched by the P306 and then towed all the way to Panama City. (Critica)

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Persecution And Capture At The 12 De Octubre Avenue

Drug TraffickingThe 12 de Octubre Avenue was the scenario for a persecution of 4 subjects by the Judicial Investigations Department of the National Police (DIJ).

The 4 people arrested were being persecuted because they were carrying some packages, which they abandoned by Grill 50 at the 12 de Octubre. It is still unknown what was inside those packages.

The subjects were captured in front of the Banco General at the 12 de Octubre, among them was a member of the special forces of the National Border Service (SENAFRONT), who was wearing his uniform during their arrest.

The arrested subjects were on board of a Volkswagen with the license plate No. 454593. The name of the agent that was captured is Eduardo Fajardo, with the license plate number 53175. (Estrella)

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Drugs Found At Building In Betania

Drug Trafficking

Today, 14 transparent plastic packages with dry grass were found at the Chucunaque building in Betania.

This raid took place at 6am in room 6 on the 12th floor of the building.

During the police operation, two digital cable boxes stolen from a Cable Onda company car were also found.

During this operation conducted by the DIP of Betania and Service Support Group (GAS) 8 people were detained, including 3 foreigners.(Mi Diario)

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The DIJ Seized 53 Kilos In Colon

Drug Trafficking53 kilos of cocaine were seized on Monday in Colon, in the area known as Santa Isabel.

The drug was seized after surveillance carried out by the Tactical Counterdrugs units from the National Police.

The drugs were carried on board of a vehicle in Río Fato. The vehicle was a silver 4Runner that was leaving from the mountains. There were also bags carrying drugs hidden in the grass. (Telemetro)

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90 Kilos Of Cocaine Seized In Juan Diaz

Drug Trafficking

Today, Narcotics Units of the DIJ seized 90 kilos of cocaine hidden in the muffler of a vehicle in Juan Diaz.

This seizure was reported at a warehouse, where cars were being modified in order to transport drugs.

A Colombian who was kept on the premises was retained by the DIJ for being involved in this crime.(La Critica)

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95 Kilos Of Cocaine Seized In Chepo

Drug Trafficking

On Sunday, The driver of a Nissan Pathfinder vehicle was detained by the National Police at a checkpoint in Chepo for carrying 95 kilos of cocaine.

The units of the National Police located a false bottom in the car containing the packs of cocaine, they proceeded to seize the drugs and arrest the driver of the vehicle.

The driver is a Panamanian who came from the province of Darien, he was placed under the orders of the Office of Drug.(Dia a Dia)

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20 Kilos Of Cocaine Seized In Darien

Drug Trafficking

Today, Units of the State Border Service (SENAFRONT) seized 20 kilos of cocaine at Agua Fria, province of Darien.

1 adult and 2 children (a 15 years old and a 16 year old), who were in a Panama - Darien route bus where the drug was found, were arrested during this operation.

The drugs were hidden in banana bags in order to divert the authorities.(Panama America)

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The SENAN Destroyed 21 Thousand Marijuana Plants In La Guinea

Drug Trafficking

Yesterday, The National Air Service (SENAN) destroyed 21 thousand marijuana plants found at Isla del Rey, specifically in the village of La Guinea, in the archipelago of Las Perlas.

According to a press release from this entity, the detection was made during the operation called "La Morena Guadalupe."

This diligence was made in collaboration with staff of the Office of Drug Related Crimes and the destruction of plants was made at the place by controlled burning.(Mi Diario)

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70 Kilos Of Cocaine Seized In Colon

Drug Trafficking

Today, 70 kilos of cocaine kept inside a gray Nissan Xtrail were seized by the authorities in the province of Colon.

Two Colombians who were inside of the vehicle were arrested, as reported by the police.

The operation was made by counternarcotics units DIJ in Colon.(Mi Diario)

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CBP surveillance aircraft leads U.S. Navy vessel to cocaine seizure off Panama

Drug Trafficking On November 30, as part of the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) mission, a CBP office of air and marine (OAM) P-3 aircrew, assigned to the National Air Security Operations Center (NASOC-JAX) in Jacksonville, FL, reported utilizing a P-3 LRT aircraft in locating and tracking a surface target of interest (STOI) approximately 230 nautical miles southwest of Panama City, Panama. The STOI was located and tracked until a boarding team from the U.S. Navy arrived on scene.

On December 2, the JIATF-S confirmed the seizure of 1,012 pounds of cocaine from the STOI.

CBP OAM P-3s have been an integral part of JIATF-S. The P-3s patrol a 42-million-square-mile area of the Western Caribbean and Eastern Pacific, known as the “Source and Transit Zone,” in search of drugs that are in transit towards U.S. shores.

The P-3s’ distinctive detection capabilities allow highly-trained crews to identify emerging threats well beyond the land borders of the U.S. By providing surveillance of known air, land, and maritime smuggling routes in an area that is twice the size of the continental U.S. The P-3s detect, monitor and disrupt smuggling activities before they reach shore.

The CBP office of air and marine is the world’s largest aviation and maritime law enforcement organization with approximately 1,200 federal agents operating from 30 air and marine locations, with 260 aircraft and 290 maritime vessels. (www.gsnmagazine.com)

Editor's Comment: Notice where they picked this guy up? 320 NM SW of Panama City, outside of (or at the edge of) the range of Panama's new surface surveillance radar sets. The drug traffickers know what they're up against, and they try to run the gauntlet anyway to get their cargo through. It's a cat-and-mouse game we've been playing with them since the 80's. We used to call the drug war "the war of last resort." In other words, if there was nothing else around that needed blowing up, we could always focus on the drug traffickers. When the Cold War ended - we shifted to drugs. We've blown up almost all of the terrorists (and those who look like they might be terrorists), so we will be shifting more money and assets to drugs again. And why don't we legalize cocaine and declare the war on drugs a failure? Because if we did, several segments of the national economy would tank overnight. The drug war is, was, and probably always will be good for business...

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55 Packages Of Cocaine Found Inside Of A Vehicle In Colon

Drug Trafficking

Today, 55 packages of cocaine hidden in two false bottoms compartments inside of a sedan vehicle were seized by units of the DIJ in Colon.

The operation took place in the morning hours, after investigators managed to intercept the beige Hyundai Sonata vehicle in Portobelo.

The car had an electronic control panel to open the double bottom compartment where the drugs were transported.(La Critica)

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13 Packages Of Drugs Seized By The SENAN In Veraguas

Drug Trafficking

Today, the SENAN seized 13 packages of drugs, found buried in a cave located on the shores of Punta Mariato, province of Veraguas.

According to the reports, two people were arrested for performing this illegal act.

Authorities said they've been monitoring a speedboat for 2 days and the drugs were allegedly inside of its tanks.(Mi Diario)

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287 Packages Of Cocaine Seized In Darien And Guna Yala

Drug Trafficking

Today, units of the SENAFRONT managed to confiscate 287 packages of cocaine in various operations in the province of Darien and the Guna Yala region.

About 141 packages of cocaine were seized during an operation made in Aligandi.

Also, clashes between SENAFRONT units and members of the Colombian Frente 57 were recorded, 4 Panamanians were captured.(La Critica)

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