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Saturday, August 30 2014 @ 06:31 PM EDT

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Police Operations In Veracruz And Alcalde Diaz

Drug Trafficking

The National Police arrested several people involved in drug trafficking crimes during their operations in Veracruz and Alcalde Diaz.

During a raid, 33 year old Ruben Ortiz Morales, was captured in Veracruz, Arraijan.

Ortiz had $10 thousand dollars he couldn't justify, so he will be placed at the disposal of the Senior Prosecutor of Panama.

In another operation registered in the sector of La Represa, also in Veracruz, 32 year old Alexis Rojas Atencio was arrested, according to the police source, he held the capturing order 3246 for the date of July 2nd, 2013 in the First Municipal Court of Arraijan.

During a search operation in the area of ​​Caimitillo, Alcalde Diaz, north of the province of Panama, a subject is arrested for the possession of 82 packs of cocaine, 25 bags of marijuana, three boxes of Jaisalmer cigarettes and a digital weight.

He also had a jar with $700 in his possession.(Mi Diario)

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33 Packages Of Cocaine Seized From A Subject In Arraijan

Drug Trafficking

On Saturday night, September 14th, a subject was detained by the National Police for the possession of 33 packages of cocaine, in Arraijan.

The subject also had a 9mm handgun, 10 unexploded ammunitions and $105 in cash, allegedly product of the narcotics sale, in his possession.

The man was arrested after a raid made at his house, located at calle sexta of casco viejo in Vista Alegre, district of Arraijan.(Dia a Dia)

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500 Packages Of Cocaine Seized In Arraijan

Drug Trafficking

Yesterday morning, 500 packages of cocaine were seized in the district of Arraijan, according to Manuel Castillo, Director of the DIJ.

9 panamanian subjects were arrested after this seizure, including 2 units of the national police who are already under the orders of the Office of Drugs.

The illicit substance was hidden in a false bottom at a workshop located in Nuevo Arraijan, inside of a white Isuzu truck.(Dia a Dia)

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The Police Seized 300 Kilos Of Cocaine

Drug TraffickingThe National Police informed through their account ‏@protegeryservir about another successful operation against drug trafficking.

According to their Tweet the Police in Pueblo Nuevo, the Police Information Department (DIP) and the Drugs Prosecutor seized 300 kilos of cocaine.

Earlier in the day, the Judicial Investigation Department (DIJ) informed about the seizure of 500 kg of cocaine in Arraijan, the arrest of 9 subjects, including 2 police men. (TVN)

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97 Wraps Of Cocaine Left In Paso Canoas

Drug Trafficking

Units of the State Border Service West Battalion managed to watch a guy who walked by the area acting suspiciously and when he was asked for his documentation the subject fled, leaving his ID and a black briefcase with 97 plastic wraps of cocaine inside, in Paso Canoas.

The subject's arrest request was made in the commercial area of ​​Paso Canoas, specifically in the boundary opposite to the shopping center known as "City Mall" and near the Paso Canoas International School.

The documents left by this man were his ID with the name "Luis Miguel Pineda Calvo", a cell phone and coins in Balboas and colones.(La Critica)

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Drugs And A Firearm Seized In Chiriqui

Drug Trafficking

Units of the DIJ seized drugs, a firearm, ammunitions and cash during a raid made at a house in the area of Loma Colorada, Province of Chiriqui.

A bag of marijuana, 27 packages of cocaine, a .38 caliber gun without a permit, 11 ammunitions and $400 in cash were found inside of the residence.

A 23 year old man has been arrested for this case, the subject was placed at the disposal of the competent authorities.(La Critica)

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16 Kilos Of Drugs Were Seized In Cerro Viento

Drug Trafficking

Two citizens were arrested for drug possession during a police raid in Cerro Viento.

The raid was made yesterday, Tuesday, at Calle 3 of Cerro Viento, house# 1773.

The raid was carried out by units of the DIP, 16 kilos of drugs were seized.(La Critica)

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Ecuadorian Couple With Heroin Tablets In Their Stomachs Was Detained At Airport

Drug TraffickingUnits from the Judicial Investigation Department (DIJ) located in the Tocumen International Airport arrested a couple from Ecuador with heroin tablets in their stomach, frustrating their plans of taking off towards Santo Domingo.

The 20-year-old male and the 29-year-old woman arrived on Sunday from Ecuador when they were arrested by the DIJ and the Police Information Directorate (DIP).

Together with the Prosecutor’s Office Specialized in Crimes Related to Drugs they arrested the couple after they passed through the X-ray machine before boarding the plane, because strange objects were detected in their stomachs.

Both subjects were taken to the Santo Tomas Hospital where the woman and the male have respectively thrown out 62 and 58 tablets. The heroin tablets were wrapped in latex. (Critica)

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2 Suitcases With Cocaine Seized By The National Police

Drug Trafficking

Yesterday, Monday, a man was arrested by the Narcotics Police for the possession of 50 kilos of cocaine in two suitcases.

The subject is of Panamanian nationality, 40 years old and hasn't been identified yet, he was carrying the suitcases with drugs in a rented vehicle, according to a statement from the National Police.

During a preventive check the man became nervous, so the agents in conjunction with the Drug Prosecutor checked inside of the car and found the two suitcases in the trunk of the car, each with 25 kilos of cocaine.

The detainee was traveling towards the province of Chiriqui, Authorities will continue investigating the case.(La Prensa)

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Two Subjects Detained For Being Involved In Drug Related Crimes

Drug Trafficking

Yesterday, the SENAFRONT arrested a Panamanian and a Colombian subject for allegedly being linked to drug trafficking and robbery.

Both were traveling on the main road in Santa Clara, province of Chiriqui, their suspicious behavior alerted the authorities, who arrested them.

According to the officers, when checking the vehicle with a detection dog they found a .38 revolver without permission and a balaclava.(Mi Diario)

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Four Subjects Were Arrested After They Were Found With Cocaine

Drug TraffickingOne Panamanian and three foreigners (one Costa Rican and two Colombians) were arrested for carrying three plastic bags with cocaine.

The subjects were arrested after a surveillance conducted by the Narcotic Units from the Judicial Investigation Directorate (DIJ), who followed them from Hato Pintado (Pueblo Nuevo) to Via España, where the vehicle stopped and it was then intercepted by the units.

The three red plastic bags were wrapped in duct tape.

The authorities also seized $4,763 in cash and two cell phones found inside the vehicle. This case was handed over to the authorities to continue with the investigations. (TVN)

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100 Kilos Of Drugs Were Found Inside An Abandoned Vehicle In Chiriqui

Drug TraffickingAgents from the National Police seized 100 kilos of cocaine left behind in a vehicle by two subjects.

When the men saw the Police checkpoint at the Pan-American Highway, near the main road in David, they abandoned the vehicle and took off running.

“After the vehicle was inspected the agents found several black plastic bags with drugs,” said Julio Lasso, chief of Police in Chiriqui.

Both subjects, who tried leaving the district in a cab, where arrested a few minutes later and handled by the authorities in the Drug Prosecutor’s Office, and an investigation process was started for drug trafficking.

The National Police confirmed they recovered a 22 caliber firearm, with long barrel, and ten rounds with seven munitions, hidden in the backyard of a 50-year-old citizen in San Andres de Bugaba. (TVN)

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The Police Seized 95 Kilos Of Drugs In Panama East

Drug TraffickingThe National Police seized 95 kilos of drugs found inside a deposit in Belen, in Panama East.

During this operation the Police arrested four people to investigate them and determine their involvement in this case.

They also managed to seize several 4x4 vehicles used to move the drugs. (Dia A Dia)

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The SENAN Seized Half A Ton Of Cocaine In Colon

Drug TraffickingThe National Air Service (SENAN) in Panama reported the seizure of 629 kilos of cocaine in a hideout discovered in Cocuye in Colon, but there have been no arrests.

The drugs were found on Saturday during the patrol operation “San Ramon Nonato,” according to a spokesman from the SENAN.

Also, the SENAN said the drugs were distributed in 23 packages buried in a land in Cocuye, and after the field test conducted by the staff of the Drug Prosecutor’s Office they proved it was cocaine.

They said so far the SENAN has seized 17,82 tons of drugs “between heroin, marihuana and cocaine,” and since 2009 until yesterday they have seized a total of 93,12 tons, most of these in the Caribbean coast. (Panama America)

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US Embassy Says Son of Suriname President Arrested in Panama

Drug Trafficking SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) By DANICA COTO Associated Press - The son of the president of the South American country of Suriname has been arrested on U.S. drug charges, U.S. and other officials said Friday.

Spokeswoman Virginia Elliott at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo confirmed the arrest of Dino Bouterse, but said she could give no details.

A Panamanian and another U.S. official confirmed Thursday's arrest, which apparently occurred in Panama.

Bouterse faces a U.S. federal indictment in the Southern District of New York alleging he worked with a man identified as Edmund Quincy Muntslag to smuggle cocaine into the United States starting in or about December 2011. It also charges him with violating firearms laws by brandishing a light anti-tank weapon during the narcotics offense.

The indictment says Bouterse was involved in smuggling a suitcase filled with 10 kilograms (22 pounds)of cocaine aboard a commercial flight from Suriname to the Caribbean in late July.

A Panamanian government security source said that Bouterse was arrested by international police in Panama and was turned over to U.S. anti-drug authorities. The source, who asked anonymity for lack of authorization to speak on the issue, declined to give more details.

Melvin Linscheer, Suriname's head of national security, said the government would soon issue a statement. He declined further comment.

Bouterse is the son of Desi Bouterse, a former coup leader and convicted drug trafficker who was elected president of in July 2010. Shortly after his presidential inauguration, Bouterse appointed his son as director of Suriname's Counter Terrorist Unit, drawing heavy criticism from opposition legislators who expressed concern that no legal framework was created for the unit to operate.

In 2011, unit officials were criticized for acting as police officers when they killed two men suspected in several violent crimes.

Prior to his appointment, Dino Bouterse had been charged by Surinamese authorities for various crimes.

In August 2002, prosecutors in Suriname charged Dino Bouterse with stealing 50 guns from the government intelligence service. Police at the time accused Bouterse of fleeing to Curacao to avoid arrest, although his father said Bouterse had traveled there for personal business.

A year later, prosecutors dropped charges, citing a lack of evidence.

Police detained Bouterse again in September 2004 after seizing a large number of assault weapons, ammunition and 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine from a local auto shop.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison in August 2005 after a judge found him guilty of leading a ring that trafficked in cocaine, illegal arms and stolen luxury cars.

The arrest comes as Suriname hosts the annual UNASUR summit for leaders of South American countries.

President Desi Bouterse, who was busy at the summit, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Bouterse, a two-time dictator who first seized power during a 1980 coup, has also been targeted by local and international authorities.

He was convicted in absentia in 1999 on drug trafficking charges by a court in the Netherlands, and he is accused at home of executing 15 political opponents in 1982.

Bouterse has said he intends to run for a second elected term as the 2015 elections approach. The former Dutch colony of some 560,000 people is located on the shoulder of South America. Its economy relies largely on exports of alumina, gold and oil, although roughly 70 percent of is population lives below the poverty level.

Editor's Comment: So, the dirtbags of the world still have not figured it out. If you're wanted anywhere in the world, and if an arrest warrant has been entered into the Interpol system, you WILL be arrested in Panama at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, even if you're just changing planes. These sorts of things happen literally every day. This one made international headlines because this particular dirtbag happens to be the son of a president...

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SENAFRONT Uniforms And Drugs Found At The Same Place During A Raid

Drug Trafficking

This afternoon, several rent rooms were raided in the area of Puente del Rey in Panama Viejo.

Several packages of drugs, guns and even SENAFRONT uniforms were found at the place.

The authorities are investigating whether the uniforms were used by the criminals or belong to an actual unit of the institution.

A murderer was also retained during this operation.(TVN)

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Police Seized Drugs Hidden Inside A Tank With Molasses

Drug TraffickingThe Judicial Investigation Department (DIJ) and the National Border Service (Senafront) seized 152 packages of cocaine and dismantled a gang of drug traffickers in Darien.

During the operation called “Trident,” which started on Tuesday 20 and finished on August 22, in Santa Rosa, Metetí, they managed to arrest five Panamanians between the ages of 20 and 40 years old, they seized two vehicles (a Toyota Hilux and a Suzuki Vitara) and they also seized drugs all wrapped up in tape with the logo of the brand KIA. One of the vehicles (Suzuki Vitara) had a fake bottom inside. During the three days of this operation they conducted a total of five raids.

Police reports revealed that 109 kg were found inside molasses in a blue plastic tank that was being moved in one of the seized vehicles, while 43 were found in the property. (Panama America)

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100 Kilos Of Drugs Found At A Beach In Colon

Drug Trafficking

Units of the National Police found around 100 kilos of cocaine hidden in bags in the Viento Frío Beach, in Costa Arriba of Colon.

No detainees were reported for this case, but the National Police assumes the bags were abandoned by the drug traffickers as they saw the police in the area.

A total of 5 tons of drugs have been seized in several operations in Colón, and more than 15 people have been arrested for being involved in drug related crimes during this year.(TVN)

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A Colombian Citizen Charged For Drug Trafficking In Panama Was Arrested

Drug TraffickingThe Colombian army arrested the drug trafficker José Félix Moreno Palacios, a.k.a. "Camarón," a fugitive of justice in Panama and with an international search warrant issued by the Interpol, according to official sources.

The subject was arrested in the municipality of Juradó, in the Colombian Department of Chocó, located by the Pacific, during an operation assisted by the Police and the National Border Service of Panama, according to the Colombian Army.

Moreno, a Colombian citizen of 45 years old, was taken to Solano Bay in Chocó, were he was placed at the disposal of the authorities to legalize his arrest and continue with the process of passing this case to the Panamanian authorities.

The subject was a fugitive of justice in Panama, in which he is being charged for the crime of money laundering, after the authorities seized 208,000 dollars from him, probably from drug trafficking, in April 2009.

According to the Colombian Army, Moreno ran away from Panama a year ago after he was linked to a cocaine cargo that was seized in the country, which is why the authorities requested the Interpol to arrest him. (Panama America)

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Over 20 Thousand Dollars And 35 Kilos Of Drugs Were Seized In Calidonia

Drug TraffickingThe National Police seized 38 kg of cocaine and arrested five people, among these a foreign couple, during a raid at a building located in Calidonia.

According to the investigation, units from the Police Information Department of Ancon, together with officials from the Drug Prosecutor, found the place and seized the 38 kg of cocaine. They also arrested the owner of the place, a Colombian, a Costa Rican and three Panamanians, according to a source in the police.

In a different raid, a taxi driver was arrested and 25 thousand dollars hidden between the vehicle pedals were seized. (Critica)

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Over Two Tons Of Drugs Were Seized By The Authorities During The Weekend

Drug TraffickingThe National Air Service (Senan) and the State Border Service (SENAFRONT) strongly attacked drug trafficking during this weekend after the seizure of over two tons of drugs in different areas of the country.

The first seizure was conducted in Darien by the SENAFRONT, where they managed to seize 221 kg, and the second was conducted at the Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, by the Senan where they seized over two tons.

The Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, complimented the members of both institutions through his twitter account for their work during these seizures. "Senan seized over 2 tons of drugs and the SENAFRONT seized 221 kg during weekend. Good job!” (Panama America)

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100 Kilos Of Cocaine Were Seized In Colon By The National Police

Drug Trafficking100 packages of cocaine were seized yesterday, by a National Police checkpoint in Colon.

The operation was conducted in Maria Chiquita up the coast when officers were suspicious of a truck carrying sand. Immediately, the truck was inspected by police units and they found 100 kilos of cocaine with lots of coffee to cover the smell.

The Deputy Commissioner Porfirio Justavino, head of the National Police in Colon, said they ran a test for drugs and it came back positive. The drug was hidden in a false bottom in the truck.

He said four Colombians are under investigation, three adults and a 17-year-old.

Last June 28, 12 packages of drugs were seized, and later, on July 2, 75 packages were seized; all of them at Maria Chiquita. (Panama America)

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Ultra Light Aircraft Carrying Drugs Crashes In Darien

Drug TraffickingAfter an ultra light aircraft crashed in Tortí, by the border between Darien and Panama, the authorities reported the pilot died and they found a container with cocaine.

Residents from Pingandincito, in Tortí, reported they saw an ultra light aircraft at around 8:30 p.m. flying over their homes and they heard the pilot screaming and asking to be assisted with illumination to land.

After he flew over the homes in the area, the aircraft crashed in the woods. Therefore, the residents called the National Police.

According to witnesses, the pilot lost control of the plane and crashed into an area of difficult access, so the authorities arrived at dawn at the site of the accident.

The National Police agents started their investigations because part of the drug was missing from the container he was carrying.

They must determine if the pilot dropped part of the cargo or if the residents in the area arrived earlier to the scene and took the drugs. (Prensa)

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24 Marijuana Plants Are Found At A Woman's House

Drug TraffickingA woman and her son are under investigation after the authorities found 24 marijuana plants, along with seeds of this plant.

The discovery was made after a police raid in their home, located in La Esperanza Abajo in the 24 de diciembre, to the east of Panama.

According to the woman, she suffers from chronic asthma, so every day she has marijuana and “mastranto” tea for her disease. She also showed a document written by a doctor certifying her condition. (Telemetro)

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Del. man sentenced to 15 years Panamanian drug ring; cocaine, heroin were smuggled into US

Drug TraffickingWILMINGTON, Del. — A Wilmington man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to being a leader in a conspiracy to bring cocaine and heroin into the United States from Panama.

Thirty-five-year-old Kelvin Cook was sentenced Thursday.

Cook pleaded guilty in February to his role in recruiting drug couriers to bring illegal substances from Panama to Delaware.

Cook’s attorney, R. Kerry Kalmbach, said Friday that it was a difficult case, but Cook was sentenced to less time than he likely would have gotten had he gone to trial. (AP)

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Costa Rican is Caught With 67 Packages Of Drugs in Chiriqui

Drug TraffickingA Ford truck was retained by the authorities in Chiriqui, driven by a Costa Rican man, according to the Assistant Commissioner Jose Flores, chief of police in Chiriqui.

The vehicle was inspected by the Drug Prosecution Office, and the specialized personnel detected a fake bottom, which had 67 packages of drugs. After the tests came back it was confirmed these packages were carrying cocaine and heroin. (Telemetro)

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Cocaine Lab Was Found in Darien

Drug TraffickingA laboratory used to process cocaine was found by Panamanian and Colombian authorities in Chucurti, in Puerto Obaldía, Darien.

Last week, some cocaine plantations were found, which is why the authorities from both countries conducted the operation and finally found the laboratory.

This lab has 12 hectares of cocaine plantations, which probably produce between 20 and 30 kilos per month.

Since this lab was small, the authorities suspect there might be even more in Panama. (TVN)

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Units From The National Police Seized 8 Packages Of Drugs At Valle de Urraca

Drug TraffickingThrough a police operation carried out by the National Police at the Valle de Urraca, San Miguelito, several people were arrested and the units also seized 8 packages of drugs.

Mayor Rubén Guardia said they went to the area after they received a phone call from someone stating they found the drugs inside a residence in the area of Valle de Urraca.

Guardia said the arrested citizens and the confiscated drugs were handed over to the authorities in charge.

He also said they will continue with their operations around San Miguelito as a response to its inhabitants who demand more security. (TVN)

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Five Panamanians Arrested For Possession Of Drugs

Drug TraffickingLast night the National Police conducted a search operation in Calle Primera Belén in Las Mañanitas, where they managed to dismantle a small lab inside a residence and arrest five people of Panamanian nationality.

Inside the house there was $ 235 found and seven envelopes filled with cocaine, 238 pirated CDs and a digital scale, as well as equipment for packaging drugs.

According to authorities, the operation started after a group of individuals were acting suspicious and entered the residence, so they proceeded with the raid. (Dia A Dia)

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Colombian Arrested For Trafficking Cocaine

Drug TraffickingA Colombian citizen was arrested by anti-narcotics units of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) of the National Police, finding in his luggage, in a double bottom suitcase, 4 packs of cocaine.

The suspect tried to leave the country and go traffic it to Spain, as his final destination to be Nigeria, but was detected by judicial investigators who together with units of the DIP, proceeded to conduct rigorous inspections managing to detect narcotics.

The Colombian was placed under arrest by the Office of Drugs for formalities. (Critica)

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