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11 kilos of Cocaine are seized in Cerro Silvestre

Drug TraffickingNational Police units seized 11 kilos of cocaine in the community of Cerro Silvestre in Arraijan.

The illicit substance was found inside a cooler carried by five subjects, which were subsequently arrested. Three of those arrested were foreigners: two Mexicans and one Nicaraguan.

At the time of the police action there was a gunfire exchange between the policemen and the criminals. Following this, a policeman was grazed by a bullet in the neck, but his condition is stable. (Dia a Dia)

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New helicopters are acquired to support fight against drug trafficking

Drug TraffickingPanama's government will strengthen its fight against drug trafficking with the acquisition of six Agusta AW-139 helicopters, of which four are already in operation under the command of the National Air Service (SENAN).

These aircraft are part of a contract with the Italian company Finmeccanica, signed in 2010, which also includes the purchase of 19 sets and digital mapping services.

Last January, the first two of these twin-engine helicopters arrived in Panama, with the capacity of carrying 15 passengers and three crew members, while other two arrived in the month of April, and the rest are expected in a couple of months.

With the acquisition of these aircraft, the response to drug trafficking actions will be faster and more efficient, said the operations chief of SENAN, Nonato Lopez.

The official said these aircraft have already participated in two anti-drug operations.

Personnel from six different SENAN air units received training last year at the Augusta Westland Training Center of Italy, with the purpose of knowing the operational management of these helicopters.

This training endowed the aero-naval personnel with the tools necessary to understand the functioning of the helicopter, maintenance of the fuselage and piloting capacity, plus important aspects such as the operation of the high-tech radars.

More than 70 percent of the 280 tons of cocaine flowing from South America to the United States pass through Central America, according to the International Narcotics Control Board, part of the United Nations.

The drug-related violence in the region causes 44 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants per year, and the fight against it costs $300 million annually, according to World Bank figures.

(TVN News)

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430 kilos of cocaine were seized in Gamboa

Drug TraffickingUnits of the National Police (PN) and the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) conducted an operation in the forest area of Gamboa where 430 kilos of cocaine were seized. The drug was found in a vehicle with a double bottom, but so far no one has been arrested. The operation continues.

In the police action called "Operación Atlántico", illegal substances were found in sisal bags.

The drug is in the Central Headquarters of the National Police in Ancon.(Dia a Dia)

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88 kg Of Cocaine Seized In Colon

Drug TraffickingThe authorities in Colon seized 88 kg of cocaine in a ship that had sailed from the port of Cartagena, Colombia, heading to the United States.

The drug was in a container ship, on its way to the United States, planning to stop in Honduras.

This action was undertaken after an international alert, but no one was arrested.(TVN News)

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18 Kilos Of Hidden Cocaine Found In A Car

Drug TraffickingA total of 18 kilos of cocaine, were seized by units of the Narcotics Division of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation, these 18 kilos were stored in the back side of a gray Chevrolet vehicle.

The car was retained this weekend on its way through Guabalá, Chiriquí, presumably heading towards the border with Costa Rica, when the police discovered a space in the rear bumper of the car where they found the first 8 packages of drugs, while in a second inspection, they found 10 other packages in the front fender.

During this operation, a 45 year old Panamanian man, who was carrying narcotics, was arrested at about 11:00 am on Saturday 20 April 2013. (Dia A Dia)

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1,472 Kilos Of Cocaine Seized In El Porvenir

Drug Trafficking1,472 kilos of cocaine were seized by the National Aeronaval Service (Senan), were they also arrested four Colombians.

The happenings were recorded 12 miles from the coast of El Porvenir, in the region of Gunayala.

According to reports, the drug traffickers were first caught by a helicopter in the area, after which, the Senan sent the patrols

The merchandise was divided in 59 sacks and could be related to the seizure which occurred in Uraba, Colombia. (Mi Diario)

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Five People Were Arrested With A Total Of 6.3 Kilos Of Cocaine

Drug TraffickingSpanish police arrested five people in the last couple of days in the airport of Madrid-Barajas, the five people were trying to enter Spain with 6.3 kilos of cocaine which had been ingested or attached to the body with a belt.

According to what the police sources told the Efe, two of the arrests took place yesterday, Sunday 21 April 2013, arriving to Madrid from Panama, these two people which were arrested, were Colombian and they held 1,648 and 1,652 grams of cocaine, attached to different parts of their bodies and secured with belts.

In addition, last Saturday and today, Monday 22 April 2013, the Narcotics Group officers arrested three people who traveled to Madrid with ingested drugs.

Each one of those who were arrested had ingested little packages of cocaine to avoid suspicion in the police checks, so they were arrested and taken to expel the drugs under medical supervision. (Critica)

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More Than 8000 Kilos Of Drugs Will Be Destroyed In La Chorrera

Drug TraffickingOfficers of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation and of the Prosecution of Drugs, will incinerate more than 8000 kilos of drugs today.

Out of the 8000 kilos of drugs, 7000 kilos are cocaine.

The cremation will take place in the garbage dump in La Chorrera, Panama Oeste, due to the recent fires in the Cerro Patacón landfill.

The drugs were seized during the first quarter of this year. (TVN)

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Oruña's House Was Raided By Dominican Authorities

Drug TraffickingA luxury house of American businessman Rogelio Oruña, IBT Group representative in Panama, was raided by authorities in the Dominican Republic and they seized more than $3.3 million.

After two months of tracking Oruña's workers and an employer of Puerto Rico, by the anti-narcotics agencies, they succeeded in dismantling the alleged drug ring.

Although the houses and boats of these workers were used as headquarter, the disassociated Dominican authorities claimed "they were unaware" of the fact.

IBT Group, formed two months after the beginning of this administration, has achieved more than $425 million in state contracts.

Oruña has participated in festivals with the children of the Panamanian president, Ricardo Martinelli, as well as senior officials.

Oruña also enjoyed holidays and trips abroad with Martinelli's children, friends and officials.

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Substance found in shoes at the Takoradi Port confirmed to be cocaine

Drug TraffickingBy Ghana News - SpyGhana.com - Officials of the Narcotics Control Board and the Takoradi port have conducted their final examination of the substances impounded at the port on Friday.

Preliminary checks revealed that the substances were cocaine. They were concealed in shoes imported from Panama.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the cocaine bust.

Fred Gavor, Western Regional Commander of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority added that investigations are still ongoing to determine the final destination of the drugs.

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496 Kilos Of Marijuana Were Found In Two Cars

Drug TraffickingTwo Panamanians were arrested after finding 496 kilos of marijuana in Coronado, one of them is under precautionary arrest because there is reason to believe he is involved in an abduction.

The Drug Prosecutor, Javier Enrique Caraballo, said after seeing suspicious behavior in two cars, he activated a police checkpoint around the area.

The drugs were found in several bags in a grey Hyundai Santa Fe vehicle, and the driver of a light blue Hyundai was also detained.

For now, the authorities remain investigating from where the marijuana came from and where it was heading. (Panama America)

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They Crapped Out More Than $90,000

Drug TraffickingThe Guatemalan couple arrested last week at the Tocumen International Airport by units of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), with rolls of cash inside of their stomachs, "expelled" a total of 92 thousand 100 dollars in cash.

During the "labor" of expelling the money, the man produced a total of 72 tablets, while the women expelled 45, making a total of 117 tablets seized from the said pair of Guatemalans, who entered the country on Thursday, April 4 from their country of origin.

The authorities also seized $6,900 in cash they had in their possession at the time of arrest for a total of $ 99,000 seized. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: In Panama the drugs go North and the money comes South...

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Authorities Seize 11 Kilos Of Drugs

Drug TraffickingThe Judicial Investigation Department (DIJ) said through their Twitter account they seized 11 kilos of suspected drugs on Calle 16, in Río Abajo.

Police also found $ 14,000 in cash, two firearms, and various vehicles. (Mi Diario)

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Operations "Atlántico" and "Murciélago"

Drug TraffickingIn two separate operations, officers of the Dirección de Información Policial between Saturday and the early hours of today, Monday, April 8th, seized more than five hundred thousand dollars in cash, six tanks with liquid cocaine, and thirty-eight packages of drugs.

The first deployment of the police called "Operación Atlántico", was recorded in the evening of Saturday April 6th, when on the Autopista Panamá Colón, in the Quebrada Ancha output, a yellow pick up truck in which two subjects were retained, was searched through in which six plastic gallon-bottles, containing a substance which is presumed to be liquid cocaine, were seized.

The operation continued and in Betania two other people were detained, including a Colombian citizen, aboard a red Acura vehicle, in which the sum of $ 529,720.00 in cash was seized, money that presumably would be used for a payment of the, above described, six gallons of liquid cocaine.

Operation Murciélago

The police busted another drug mobilization, this time in Nombre de Dios, Colón, when in the early morning hours of today, April 8th, a police checkpoint was placed, where two people came across in a black Chevrolet vehicle. The vehicle, after being searched, was found with a total of 38 packages of cocaine.

Both operations were moved to the premises of the Dirección de Información Policial of Ancón, where the investigations will be transmitted to the Office of Drugs for further investigation. (Critica)

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Authorities Seize 72 Kilograms Of Cocaine

Drug TraffickingThe narcotics unit of the Directorate of Police Information (DIP) of Panama seized 72 kilograms of cocaine in the village of Chilibre, in the north metropolitan area. The DIP investigators took action after receiving information about a truck transporting cargo belonging to a criminal organization.

In the operation, organized at a police checkpoint, six people were arrested, two Colombians and four Panamanians, who transported the cargo from the city of Colón to the capital.

According to the police report released here, the detainees were turned over to the Drug Prosecutor for appropriate procedures that will lead to prosecution.

In the country, 54.3 tons worth of drugs were seized in 2009, 54.4 in 2010, 39.6 in 2011, and from January to September 2012, 22 tons were seized, according to official statistics.

In coordination with Washington, Panama maintains 18 naval bases in operating and 19 radars to monitor aircraft and vessels circulating in its airspace and territorial waters.

That has complicated drug trafficking in Panama and cartels now try to reach Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala by ground, and from there they make direct shipments to the world's largest consumer of narcotics, USA. (Mi Diario)

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Package Of Cocaine, With The US As Its Destination, Was Confiscated

Drug TraffickingA small box with three plastic bags filled with cocaine was seized yesterday morning by Narcotics units of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), thereby preventing its shipment to the United States.

INSPECTION

The box was detected by a routine inspection by the Narcotics units in an email from the capital city, where it was put in the early morning allegedly by a citizen of Colombian origin.

The substance was removed by the relevant local authorities, while the investigations have initiated to see what the owner of this merchandise is attached to. (Siglo)

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SENFRONT Has Cut Off 12 Drug Trafficking Points

Drug TraffickingSo far, in 2013 the State Border Service (SENFRONT) has confiscated 400 kilos of illicit substances (marijuana cocaine, etc.), in operations on six different routes were performed and 12 trafficking points were cut off in the province of Darien, said Commissioner, Frank Ábrego.

The commissioner of SENFRONT said border communities like La Miel, Armila Cocalito, Cañita, among others have permanent units, while the patrols alternate in places where there is not yet permanent security.

He also reported that operating patrols have managed to arrest 18 people linked to drug trafficking organizations.

Ábrego said that currently everybody can visit areas in the province of Darien which three years ago was difficult for even police officials to do. (TVN)

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Trafficking More Than 100 Kilos Of Cocaine

Drug TraffickingNational Police units in a follow-up operation managed to capture two subjects who were found with 100 kilos of cocaine.

Early unofficial reports indicate that the individuals (a Colombian and Panamanian) moved from Colón and were retained in Sector 20 of Chilibre.

The subjects were taken to the National Police headquarters in Ancón.

It is expected that in the coming hours there will be an official report about this case released by the National Police. (Critica)

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Cops Bust Marijuana Shipment in Colon

Drug TraffickingThe National Police have been having some success recently in busting loads of marijuana in the province of Colon.

The second seizure of a shipment of marijuana was achieved in Puerto Pilon, in the province of Colon, by personnel of National Air Service (Senan).

In total, the seizure was 200 kilos. (Telemetro)

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Police Seize $49,900 Cash And Two Pistols

Drug TraffickingAfter a surveillance and intelligence operation, the National Police seized two firearms and $49,900 in cash.

The judicial process, which was conducted by the officials of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation and the National Police, occurred on Thursday afternoon in Villa del Rey, Panama Viejo, in the village of Parque Lefevre.

The house was surrounded by units of the National Police at the command of Deputy Commissioner Ramon Nonato Lopez.

The Panamanian Erick Alexander Martinez Rujano was arrested in this case, and he was turned over to the Auxiliary Prosecutor Marcelino Aguilar.

A 9mm pistol and a .38 revolver are weapons that were seized by the authorities.

It was a week-long operation, according to a police source. (Critica)

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62 Kilos of Cocaine Busted At Guabala Checkpoint

Drug TraffickingSixty-two (62) kilos of cocaine were seized yesterday afternoon, Thursday, found in a white Kia vehicle with license plate number 833193, with a double bottom, at the Guabala checkpoint in the district of Tolé, in the province of Chiriquí.

The car was being driven by a person aged 35, resident of Paso Canoas, in Chiriqui province.

The drugs were hidden in the bed of the truck that had a secret double bottom.

It was wrapped in black, green and yellow adhesive tape.

The suspect and the drugs were taken to the Police Headquarters of David, from there the case was referred to the Drug Prosecutor's Office, which will continue to investigate and press charges for drug trafficking. (Critica)

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Drug Enforcement Chief's Concern Over Airport Drugs

Drug TraffickingBy Sancheska Brown - Samuel Butler, officer in charge of the Drug Enforcement Unit, said yesterday DEU is “very, very concerned” about the amount and frequency of illegal drugs being trafficked into the country on a commercial airline direct from Panama.

He made his comments after nine Colombians were arrested in two separate drug busts in the past four days.

In the latest seizure, officers of the Airport Police Station arrested two Colombians after they were found in possession of five pounds of what was suspected to be liquid cocaine.

The men, ages 31 and 24, were arrested in the Bahamas Customs hall of the LPIA shortly before 4pm on Sunday, after getting off a commercial airline from Panama.

The suspected cocaine has an estimated value of $32,000 on the street.

Last Wednesday police arrested seven Colombians, four men and three women, after they were found in possession of suspected liquid cocaine, some of which they had swallowed.

According to reports, sometime around 12:30pm, acting on information officers of the K-9 unit went to the Bahamas Immigration section of the LPIA where they saw a group of passengers who had just arrived in New Providence from Panama on Copa Airlines.

Seven of those passengers were suspected of transporting drugs.

As a result the four men, aged 24, 23, 21 and 20, were taken to a secure area at LPIA where police searched their luggage but found nothing.

The three women were also taken to a secure area where they were searched. Officers found three rubber packages believed to be cocaine during the body cavity search.

The females ages, 21, 27, and 23, were arrested and taken into custody.

All seven suspects were taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital where an X ray revealed that two of the men and one of the women had swallowed small packages of suspected cocaine.

Altogether officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit collected 17 rubber packages of suspected cocaine.

The drugs weighed approximately 23 ounces.

Supt Butler said the DEU is keeping a closer eye on flights coming in from South America, particularly direct flights from Panama.

“We are concerned about the inbound importation of drugs coming from this commercial airline servicing Panama and we can say over the last few days there were nine Colombians who were interdicted at the airport for having contraband in the form of liquid cocaine coming into LPIA. The DEU is concerned because we have always noted South America as one of the countries for cocaine and now because of the availability of airlines servicing them directly we know that we will be impact. We have seen it already,” he said.

“We are working with the airline as well as Panama and our intelligence network to determine who may be trafficking. We are also working with our DEA partners in foreign destinations. We have good relationships. We believe it is through these relationships as well as the cooperation of the airline that we are able to see results. We know there is still more work to do because somehow these people are still getting through the screening process.”

Supt Butler said liquid cocaine seems to be the new drug of choice for “mules” because it is easier to carry and can be hidden in normal household items. (tribune242.com)

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Another 873 Kilos of Cocaine Seized in Chiriqui

Drug TraffickingThe National Customs Authority in joint operation with the Police, succeeded on Friday night, March 8, in the seizure of 773 kilos of cocaine - the incident occurred at the customs checkpoint of Baco, in Puerto Armuelles, in the district of Baru, Chiriqui.

The National Police seized for inspection a panel van with Panamanian registration to be inspected by the staff of the National Customs Authority, where they found two packages supposedly containing merchandise from the Colon Free Zone, but upon further inspection was found to contain 773 kilos of cocaine.

Two people were traveling in the vehicle. One of them fled the scene and it is presumed he is a member of the National Police. The other was arrested by the authorities and taken together with the evidence to the office of the Anti Drug Prosecutor in Puerto Armuelles by police officers and the staff of the Department of Customs Control Prevention (DPFA).

In another development, at the Customs Checkpoint in Guabala in the Chiriqui province, at around 10:43 pm this Friday, another 100 kilos of cocaine was seized that was being transported in a white Kia pickup truck with license plate number 758492 plate driven by a Panamanian resident in Chiriqui, who said he was going from Panama to the district of Bugaba.

Officers from the Unit of Police Information asked to conduct a non intrusive visual inspection of the vehicle, using the Container Inspection Unit (UNITEC) from Customs and thanks to the sophisticated equipment scanner they detected a possible double bottom, which after physical inspection by the authorities, resulted in the seizure of 100 kilos of cocaine. The case is under the orders of the Office of Drugs.

With these operations together, the National Customs Authority and the National Police, reinforce the security of customs checkpoints, achieving effective results in the fight against illegal drug trafficking in our country. (Critica)

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Impossible To Re-Float Sunken Drug Submarine in Bocas del Toro

Drug TraffickingThe Anti Drug Prosecutor in the province of Chiriquí, Carlos Gonzalez, said today, Thursday, March 7, it is impossible to re-float the narco submarine that was scuttled by the drug traffickers on 4 December 2012, 35 nautical miles off Isla Colon in the province of Bocas del Toro.

"We requested help from the United States to refloat the ship may have presumed drugs, but we were told it was not possible because it is about 600 meters deep, making it difficult to do the job," said Gonzalez.

In this case three people have been arrested. The Hondurans David Solano and Vicente Aquino, and the Colombian Luis Carlos Riasco. (Panama America)

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SENAN Busts 841 Kilos of Cocaine in Bocas del Toro

Drug TraffickingThe National Naval Air Service (SENAN) seized a total of 841 kilos of cocaine in the province of Bocas del Toro, found aboard a vessel.

The seizure occurred over the weekend, but this Wednesday was presented to the media at their headquarters located in Cocolí.

In addition to the 841 kilos, they also discovered bags of marijuana and several boats seized.

Before the SENAN agents were deployed, the crews of the drug trafficking boats escaped into the jungle. (Telemetro)

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Five Buried "Drug Stashes" Found During Chilibre Bust

Drug TraffickingPolice and judicial authorities seized more than $26,000 in cash and 136 small bags containing cocaine, crack, and marijuana, resulting from an intelligence operation conducted by anti drug officers from the Direction of Judicial Investigation dubbed "Sitio."

During the operation that began last week during the afternoon of Wednesday, 20 February and culminating in hours of Thursday night, at a residence in the sector known as the "El Sitio" in Quebrada Ancha, Chilibre.

The police also seized digital scales, more than 300 rounds of .22 and 9 mm caliber ammunition, and two vehicles.

Two individuals were arrested, Panamanian citizens aged 53 and 33 years old.

This intelligence operation conducted in conjunction with officials from the anti drug prosecutor's office of the Public Ministry led to the discovery of five "stashes" which had been buried on the extensive lands located behind the property.

The plastic tanks that had been buried contained part of the money, while the other part of the money was found hidden inside on of the vehicles that was seized. (Mi Diario)





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Large Stash of Cash Found During Raid On Luxury House

Drug TraffickingOfficials from the Office of the Anti Drug Prosecutor and Narcotics agents from the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) are continuing to execute a search warrant in luxurious residence, located in the village of Chilibre.

Two people have been arrested during this action, who are under investigation.

Unofficially it became known that inside the house there was a stash found to contain thousands of dollars, without specifying the exact amount.

The authorities are investigating to determine if the house is owned by a drug trafficker. (Critica)

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Peruvian Drug Capo Blown Away in Coco Del Mar

Drug TraffickingA subject of Peruvian-Panamanian nationality was shot dead yesterday by a group of gunmen who were in two cars.

The gunmen intercepted the black Land Rover 4x4 that was being driven by Boris Jesus Foguel and in a matter of seconds he was shot several times.

The 49-year-old was released from the La Joyita prison a year ago, where he had been held since 1999 after being convicted of international drug trafficking and money laundering.

Foguel was known in the world of drug trafficking as the "largest hump", meaning he was the chief of the organization known as "Los Camellos" (The Camels), a famous drug gang that in the 90's turned the port of El Callao - in Peru - into a vast desert through which transited its containers loaded with drugs.

In 2011 the inmate even accused former chief of the Peruvian Intelligence Service Vladimiro Montesinos of having links to drug trafficking, and of paying bribes to Panamanian officials.

Experts say his murder was a settling of accounts. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: He was blown away in the Coco del Mar neighborhood, not far from the president's house.

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Couple Busted At Tocumen With $1 Million in Cash

Drug TraffickingPanama's National Police seized more than a million dollars that had not been declared by a Guatemalan couple at the Tocumen International Airport upon arrival from their country, a police source said today.

The Guatemalan couple, whose identity was not released, arrived in Panama on Wednesday morning, and they claimed in their declaration to be tourists with $75,000 in cash, but they had a suspicious attitude that led the police officers to stop them to be interviewed, the source said.

When their statements did not match up, their luggage was examined, and they were found to have a double bottom with million dollars spread among their bags.

The couple, who requested the services of a lawyer, is currently detained while investigations are carried out to determine the origin of the money.

According to police, this is the first seizure of more than a million dollars in cash at the Tocumen airport so far in 2013. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Drug traffickers have to first get the drugs to market, and then after they are sold they are faced with another problem - tons and tons of cold hard cash. They can't just open a bank account and deposit the money. These types of money mules are busted here with regularity.

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25 Kilos of Cocaine Found In Shipping Container

Drug TraffickingCounter narcotics units of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ), seized about 25 kilos of the drug known as cocaine, which were hidden in a container carrying wood, which had a "cloned" seal.

The diligence of entry and search was made in coordination with the Office of the Anti Drug Prosecutor in the port of Colon. The drugs were found placed in a black suitcase that had been located on top of the lumber.

According to initial reports the wood came from Bolivia, but was shipped in Chile, and was bound for Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: A "cloned" seal means the original seal placed on the container was violated, the drugs were introduced, and the fake seal was used in its place.

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