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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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Panama is Not Ready To Legalize Drugs

Drug TraffickingAfter the conclusion of the XLIII (43) General Assembly of the OAS in Guatemala, about the fight against drug trafficking and the legalization of cannabis supported by many countries of the region, experts on the subject agreed that Panama is not prepared for this initiative.

On this issue, the Panamanian Foreign Minister Fernando Nunez, said before the international body that legalizing drugs "will aggravate the situation."

This position is shared by the former prosecutor of drugs, Rosendo Miranda, who believes decriminalizing drugs in Panama is not as easy as you might think and this would increase other crimes, he said.

Miranda cited the case of the Netherlands, where after the decriminalization of cannabis, other crimes were increased such as "theft, violence caused by fights and sexual assault."

The source said the Dutch authorities had to implement some regulations to control the excessive consumption. According to Miranda, the possession and use should not be classified as a criminal offense, but administrative. "Special courts must be created with social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists that treat addicts."

Meanwhile, Ana Matilde Gomez, former Procurator-General of the Nation, said in order to consider legalization, "the authorities must address the phenomenon not only from the standpoint of fighting drug consumption, but also seeking for the reduction of the supply," she said.

Gomez concluded by saying it will be hard to reach an agreement in the region because “this crime behaves very differently in each country." The 43 countries of the OAS concluded their meeting without any agreement on the issue of decriminalization of drugs. (Panama America)

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Drug is found in a container at Puerto de Cristobal

Drug TraffickingA total of 559 packages of cocaine were seized through a joint operation between different security agencies, including the National Customs Authority.

The finding was made at Puerto de Cristóbal, inside a 20 ft container heading to a company in Valencia, Spain, and according to the documentation it was carrying furniture made of metal and glass.

The seizure was made after receiving intelligence information, so the authorities proceeded to open the container in order to inspect it.

Seven people were arrested and are being handled by the Public Prosecutor’s Office against Drug Trafficking in Colon, and this Office is also in charge of investigating the incident.

Units from the DIJ, the Public Prosecutor’s Office against Drug Trafficking of Colon and Guna Yala and inspectors from the National Customs Authority participated in this operation. (Critica)

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259 Packages Of Cocaine Were Seized From A False Bottom in A Vehicle

Drug TraffickingCounternarcotics units of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) seized 259 packages of suspected cocaine in the false bottom of a vehicle.

According to the report, the three Panamanians in the vehicle were arrested; one of them was a minor.

The seizure was undertaken after the judicial investigators intercepted the vehicle in Avenida Mexico.

The authorities mentioned the drugs will be taken to the interior of the country. (TVN)

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Spanish Citizen Was Arrested For Carrying Cocaine in His Luggage

Drug TraffickingCounternarcotics units of the Judicial Investigation Department of the National Police arrested on Sunday a Spanish citizen, 45 years old, after they found cocaine in the luggage.

The suitcase of the foreigner who was approached by the judicial investigators and units from the Police Investigation Department (DIP) at around 3:00 p.m. when he was trying to leave the country through the International Airport of Tocumen, heading back to his country. The authorities found a double bottom around the metal frame of the luggage.

According to preliminary investigations it was known that the subject entered the country on May 25 and was staying at a hotel in Calidonia. Investigations are currently in progress to determine where he acquired the narcotics and where he made the double bottom. (Critica)

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250 Kilos Of Cocaine Seized In Chiriquí

Drug TraffickingA Nicaraguan driver is being held in David after the seizure of 250 kilos of cocaine which was being transported in the false bottom of a truck.

Deputy Police Commissioner, José Flores, said the truck did not have any other cargo.

A total of 427 kilos of cocaine have been seized in less than three days and seven people have been arrested in Chiriquí. (Prensa)

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870 Kilos Of Cocaine Seized In Portobelo

Drug TraffickingNational Aeronaval agents seized 870 kilos of cocaine on a boat in Portobelo, province of Colón, but did not arrest anyone.

The drugs were hidden in the cargo compartment of the 75 foot boat named Discovery.

The SENAN reported the boat as seized in Sherman and continue the operations in coordination with the Colombian authorities to capture five Colombians which were aboard the boat. (TVN)

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National Police Seized 250 Kilos Of Cocaine in Chiriqui

Drug TraffickingA Nicaraguan driver is currently arrested in the city of David following the seizure of 250 kilos of cocaine, which was being transported in an articulated truck with a license plate from Nicaragua.

The commissioner of the National Police, Jose Flores, confirmed the drug was hidden in a false bottom inside a container, which was not carrying any cargo.

In less than three days a total of 427 kilos of cocaine have been seized, and seven individuals linked to these cases have been arrested in Chiriqui. (Prensa)

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98 Kilos Of Cocaine Seized In Chiriquí

Drug TraffickingA total of 98 kilos of cocaine were seized in in the province of Chiriquí, by the National Police (PN).  

As reported by the PN, the drug was transported, presumably on the shoulders of some individuals involved in the trafficking.  

The Deputy Commissioner, José Flores, executive of police in the area of Chiriquí said preliminary investigations are aware the subjects evaded the Guabalá checkpoint using an alternate way.  

In this seizure, there were six people arrested, which were aboard two Sedan vehicles. (Prensa)

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Pegon is Seized By The Authorities in Puerto Caimito, La Chorrera

Drug TraffickingA total of 377 packages from the drug Pegon (drug based on marihuana and diesel) were seized by the National Air Service, on Thursday night in the community of Santa Ana, in Puerto Caimito, La Chorrera.

In addition to this drug, they found 27 ammunitions from an AK-47, BlackBerry phones and they also stopped a boat near the place where the authorities confiscated the illegal substance. (Critica)

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A Large Amount Of Drugs Were Seized

Drug TraffickingTwo Panamanian people, of Kuna origin, were arrested at a checkpoint in the district of Chepo, where police officers seized more than 200 kilos of drugs in a 4x4 vehicle.

Subjects who were in the vehicle did not resist and when the vehicle was revised, there were 4 black suitcasesn, where there was found more than 100 kilos of cocaine and 127 kilos of a drug known as "crispy" were found.

They seized a 15 gallon tank full of marijuana and a car battery type 24, which contained heroin inside.

The two men also carried a .38 caliber gun with 54 ammunition; the weapon was confiscated. (Critica)

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Three Tons Of Drugs Were Seized in Guna Yala By The National Air Service

Drug TraffickingThe National Air Service (SENAN) seized 2,717 kilos of cocaine in a boat located in Guna Yala.

According to the institution, a night surveillance aircraft detected a vessel with five men, some packages and fuel tanks.

They also found 2 packages of marijuana, all identified with a logo.

The subjects aboard the boat fled, according to the authorities.

The Drug Prosecutor, Javier Caraballo, reported that a total of approximately 13 tons has been seized so far in 2013. (TVN)

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Senan Seizes 2,717 Kilos Of Cocaine This Weekend

Drug TraffickingA 2,717 kilos of cocaine and two packages of marijuana were seized by the National Aeronaval Service (Senan) during the weekend in the Guna Yala region.

A night surveillance boat was what detected the drugs which were identified with some logos, however it is unknown to which drug cartel it belongs.

Officials informed there were five people aboard the boat who fled the scene.

In the first five months of 2013, there have been 3 tons of drugs seized, but there is no official number of people which have been arrested for this crime, reported the leader of the fiscal of Drugs, Javier Caraballo. (Panama America)

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