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Couple Busted With 33 Kilos of Cocaine In Their Home

Drug TraffickingA couple, the owners of a home in the area of Las Praderas de San Antonio, in the district of San Miguelito, were arrested for possession of about 33 kilos of cocaine.

This action was executed by narcotics agents of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) in a follow-up operation. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: When they say it was a "follow up operation" that means the police had some basic intelligence, and they set up surveillance operations to track and eventually bust the suspects. And, now they will go to prison for about six or seven years...

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Prominent Panamanian Comedian Busted With 25 Kilos of Cocaine

Drug TraffickingMichael Vega, a prominent comedian and the face of TVN, was arrested yesterday morning (January 27) in La Chorrera with 25 kilos of suspected cocaine, according to a police source.

The arrest of Vega - who won the "King of Comedy 2008" and "Dancing With The Starts 2012" competitions - came when he was being followed as part of an operation conducted by the National Police, while traveling from the capital towards the interior of the country.

The car had a concealed double bottom where the alleged drugs were hidden.

After his arrest Vega, 23, was transferred to the holding cells of the Department of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) in Ancon.

On this case the El Siglo newspaper contacted the public relations person from TVN, who did not issue a statement, and they said it was a personal matter and not related to his employment with TVN. (Estrella)

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SENAN Bust A Ton Of Cocaine - Hidden In A Cave

Drug TraffickingThe authorities seized nearly a ton of cocaine hidden in a cave on the banks of a river in the Atlantic Panama, the first big drug bust this year.

The National Naval Air Service (SENAN) reported Tuesday the drugs were packed in 38 large bundles and hidden in a cave on the banks of the Rio Belén, along the "Costa Abajo" (lower coast) of the province of Colon, where they found a boat nearby and fuel tanks apparently used by drug traffickers.

The seizure of 950 kilos of cocaine was made and on Tuesday the authorities showed the cargo to the news media and provided details about the operation. No arrests have been made.

Simultaneously, the SENAN performed another drug operation on Tuesday in the Caribbean province of Bocas del Toro.

Panama, which has traditionally has been used as a bridge for drug trafficking from South America to North America and Europe, seized 34.9 tons of drugs, mostly cocaine, in 2012. A year earlier they had seized 43.7 tons.

The Public Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, said recently seizures decreased last year due to intensified patrols by air, sea and land. The authorities are concerned, however, over the vulnerability of coastal communities in remote areas due to the actions of the traffickers. (Critica)

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Police Dismantle Heroin Tablet Production Facility

Drug TraffickingYesterday afternoon police detectives from the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) dismantled a laboratory that was being used to manufacture heroin filled "tablets" used by human mules to smuggle the drugs hidden inside of their bodies.

Authorities arrested four foreigners and one Panamanian at the laboratory, located in Hato Pintado.

In addition to the 30 heroin filled tablets, detectives seized 1.5 kilos of marijuana, three 9 mm pistols, and a compressor machine used to make the tablets. Among those arrested was a female. (Dia a Dia)

Editor's Comment: Heroin is much "denser" than either marijuana or cocaine, in terms of value per kilo. If smuggling marijuana is like cash, then cocaine is like gold, and heroin is like diamonds. Relatively small amounts produce a lot of money on the street. In Latin American heroin is produced in both Colombia and Mexico.

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Foreigner Busted At Tocumen Airport With $30K in Cash

Drug TraffickingThe National Customs Authority seized $30,760 in undeclared cash from a foreigner at the Tocumen International Airport last weekend.

The action took place when a Salvadoran foreign national tried to introduce this kind of money.

The Salvadoran, who arrived on a commercial flight, had the cash hidden in three containers of bar deodorant.

At the end of 2012, the Customs Authority reported during the year they had seized a total of $2,829,713 in undeclared cash. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: Many people don't realize drug traffickers have two problems. They have to get their product to market. Then, they have to get the cash payments back out. In Panama the drugs go North and the cash comes South.

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Four Busted At Tocumen With Wads Of Cash In Their Stomachs

Drug TraffickingThe nervous attitude of four travelers alerted the authorities of the National Customs Authority at the Tocumen International Airport, that something was wrong.

When they were intercepted and searched, Judicial Investigation Department found that all four of them had several wads of money (cash) in their stomachs.

According to Detective Javier Villarreal of the DIJ, each tablet contained about $800.

In addition, each of the four travelers had $10,000 in cash in their pockets.

They were arrested and turned over to the competent authorities. (Telemetro)

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Panamanian Authorities Will Not Try To Recover Sunken Drug Sub

Drug TraffickingThe First Anti Drug Prosecutor Javier Caraballo said they would not try to recover the semi submersible loaded with cocaine which sank near Isla Colon in the province of Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Three foreigners were arrested who were linked to this crime, two Hondurans and one Colombian, who remain under arrest and at the disposition of the authorities of the Public Ministry in Chiriqui.

Caraballo said it would be very expensive to try to recover the sunken semi submersible, and risky for any member of their staff who might take on the task.

However, he said that investigations in this case continue. (Critica)

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Another Panamanian Woman Busted With Cocaine Filled Breast Implants

Drug TraffickingAnother Panamanian was arrested while trying to smuggle liquid cocaine in breast implants. This time the woman, 28, was arrested at the airport in Río Negro in Antioquia, Colombia, after an officer ordered her to stop by the scanner. She claimed she was pregnant while complaining of severe pain in the breasts, so she was offered medical care. That's when the authorities realized the existence of the cocaine contained in the plastic bags implanted in her breasts. (Estrella)
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74 Kilos of Cocaine Busted at Guabala Checkpoint

Drug TraffickingAbout 74 kilos of cocaine were seized in the early hours of Wednesday at the post in Guabala, Tolé district, in the province of Chiriqui.

The drugs were being transported in a white Isuzu Pickup with plate 727 303, which was being driven by a 38 year old man who lives in Panama City.

The drugs were hidden in a false bottom of the roof of the truck and in a fuel storage tank.

Police commissioner Heriberto Lorenzo said the drugs were detected by canine units of the institution. He also added that they noticed the nervousness of the driver so they moved the vehicle to the National Police headquarters.

Once at the police headquarters and with the the presence of officials from the Anti Drug Prosecutor's office, they made a more thorough inspection and found the drugs hidden in the vehicle. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: 74 kilos of cocaine has a wholesale value in Panama of about $4,500 per kilo or $333,000 total. The value of this load jumps to more than $1.9 million (wholesale) on the ground in the United States.

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Panamanian Woman Arrested In Spain With Cocaine Filled Breast Implants

Drug TraffickingA Panamanian female passenger who was traveling from Colombia to Spain was caught with two breast implants filled with 1.3 kilos of cocaine, and was arrested by the Spanish police at the Barcelona airport.

The woman, who landed at Barcelona's El Prat airport on a flight from Bogota, raised the suspicions of the agents because of her ambiguous answers about the reasons for her journey, according to police.

Faced with the possibility that she could be transporting drugs, the woman was examined and the police found she had two bloodstained gauze pads covering open wounds under her breasts.

The passenger, a 20-year-old woman, claimed she had an operation two months ago for breast implants, but the wound had not finished healing.

Through these wounds, police glimpsed a white foreign body, so medical personnel from the Customs Service ordered an x-ray examination and sent the passenger to the hospital, noting abnormalities in the breast implants.

In the hospital, she underwent surgery and the bags filled with cocaine were extracted from her breasts, with a total weight of 1.377 kilos of cocaine.

Editor's Comment: Cocaine filled breast implants? Now I've heard it all...

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108 Kilos of Cocaine Busted In Eastern Panama Province

Drug TraffickingAbout 108 kilos of cocaine were seized at a residence in the Eastern part of the province of Panama. This drug seizure is part of the result of an operation that took place in different parts of the area. As part of the operation seven people were arrested who have been linked to the possession and sale of drugs. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: There's an effort to try to raise the "drug sub" that sank this week in deep water about 40 kilometers from Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro. Supposed there's about three or four tons of cocaine on board. The three people who were arrested - plucked from the ocean floating with three bales of cocaine - are not talking. One person died as they scuttled the sub. Most of the crime in Panama can be linked to drug trafficking in one way or the other.

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Cocaine-laden ‘narcosub' sinks in Panama

Drug TraffickingONE person has been killed and three arrested when a semi-submersible craft loaded with cocaine sank off the coast of Panama while being chased by the Costa Rican Coast Guard, officials say.

Costa Rica anti-drug commissioner Mauricio Boraschi said 66 packages of cocaine, each weighing about one kilo, came to the surface after the craft went down in deep water near the Panama-Costa Rica border on Wednesday.

Experts believe some 4000 kilos of cocaine went to the bottom of the ocean with the vessel sank, he said.

One suspect - the man believed to have pulled the plug to let the craft sink - was dead when the Coast Guard arrived, Boraschi said.

The Costa Rican Coast Guard was tipped off about the semi-submersible by a US plane on an anti-drug overflight, and chased the craft into Panamanian waters.

"When we arrived to rescue a US ship arrived and then a Panamanian airplane ... to provide help, and the suspects surrendered along with their products," Boraschi said.

Custom-built semi-submersible crafts, often built out of fiberglass and equipped with electric-diesel engines, are commonly used by drug cartels to smuggle cocaine from labs in South America to staging points in central America, and then to be smuggled into the United States via Mexico.

The typical "narco-subs" operates largely underwater, with just the cockpit and exhaust pipes above surface. (AAP)

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Three Rescued After Semi Submersible Drug Boat Sinks Near Isla Colon in Bocas Del Toro

Drug TraffickingNaval authorities rescued two Hondurans and a Colombian in Panamanian Caribbean waters, and found several bags floating near them with at least 75 kilos of cocaine.

The foreigners were found on Monday night about 15 nautical miles from Isla Colon in the province of Bocas del Toro, during a joint anti-drug action with the U.S. Coast Guard and maritime authorities of Costa Rica and Panama.

Three bales were found floating near them, each with about 25 kilos of cocaine, authorities estimated.

The rescued suspects were taken to a police station on Isla Colon in Panama, said Roberto Ballesteros, a spokesman for the National Air Service of Panama.

It is assumed that the foreigners were traveling in a semi submersible, which they scuttled, according to the spokesman.

The Panamanian naval officers continued to patrol the area in search of more drugs, while the Anti Drug Prosecutor went to the site to investigate the case, said Ballesteros.

The Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Panama have been used for years for the smuggling of drugs from South America to Central and North America.

Panama is considered the country where the most cocaine is seized in the world, after the United States and Colombia, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. (Critica)

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Authorities Confirm Seizure Of Drug Packed Semisubmersible in Bocas del Toro

Drug TraffickingPanama's National Aero Naval Service (SENAN) confirmed the arrest of three foreigners and the confiscation of a semi-submersible in the area of ​​Isla Colon in Bocas del Toro. The ship was being followed from Costa Rica after being detected by U.S. authorities, and it was finally captured in Panamanian waters.

Although there is information available detailing the death of one of the ship's crew, Roberto Ballesteros, a Senan spokesman, warned on the channel 2 TVN morning news broadcast that they cannot work on the basis of speculation, so they will wait until the necessary investigations (are complete). Ballesteros said three bales of suspected illegal substances were found floating near the semi-submarine, to which it will be up to the Anti Drug Prosecutor to verify what type of substance is involved. (Panama America)

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SENAFRONT Seized 1,500 Kilos (A Ton And A Half) Of Cocaine In The Darien

Drug TraffickingThe State Border Service (SENAFRONT) seized around 1,500 thousand packages of alleged cocaine in the province of Darien, said Frank Abrego, commissioner of the institution, this Monday, December 3.

Abrego said SENAFRONT units were patrolling the area when they identified a boat whose crew left it stranded and fled, when they noticed the presence of the officers.

About 60 bags full of cocaine were confiscated, each with 25 kilos, bringing the estimated total to about 1,500 kilos of cocaine seized, or about a ton and a half, according to the SENAFRONT.

Abrego said the Prosecutor is currently making an official count and will announce the information in a press release.

Three people were arrested as the tried to flee the scene, said Abrego. (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: Wow. Massive bust. That's a lot of blow. The street value of a kilo of cocaine (wholesale) in Panama is $4,500 each. So, this load is worth $6.75 million on the ground in Panama. If you can get it to Atlanta then the wholesale value jumps to $26,000 per kilo or $39 million. Cut and distributed at a retail level on the street, the value is $100,000 per kilo or a total of $150 million.

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Prosecutor Calls 12 To Trial For Human and Drug Trafficking Network

Drug TraffickingThe First Anti Drug Prosecutor asked for there to be a trial against 12 people who are accused of belonging to a network of human traffickers traffickers who also sold drugs in nightclubs located on Via Veneto, in Panama City, including one American citizen.

According to the conclusions of the prosecutor Javier Caraballo, those involved are the American Antony James Galeota, the Israeli Alon Bar, the Ukranian Osleksandr Philischuk, a Russian citizen Olga Sablina, the Colombians Laura Correal Horta and Jessica Sulay Ardila, and the Panamanians Anel Castillo, Luis Yepes, Walter Thorne, Ángel Ramos, Alexander Ortega and Norman Beckfor Ford.

The network was dismantled after an operation carried out on 17 June 2011 in the bars Moulin Rouge and Doll House on Via Veneto, and Habano's Café located in the banking district.

During the operation it was discovered that 90 women were being exploited as sex workers.

The prosecutor's request (for a trial) was forwarded to the Third Criminal Court, which has not yet set a date for the hearing. (Prensa)

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57 Kilos of Cocaine Busted - Enroute From Peru to Italy

Drug TraffickingColon - Authorities found at least 75 packages of cocaine that were transiting through a seaport, located on 11th Street and Front Avenue in the City of Colon.

The illicit substance was found in two containers that came from Peru, reports said.

The first container searched had a bag inside containing 17 packages, while the second container had two suitcases with 58 packages of the same substance.

The Narcotics Section of the National Police and the Anti Drug Prosecutor from Colon and the Kuna Yala participated in the surprise searches.

No arrests have been made in the case.

It was learned that the drugs were bound for Italy. (Prensa)

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Several Drug Busts In Colon Province (One Of Them A "Foreigner" Towing A Yacht)

Drug TraffickingA total of 139 kilos of cocaine and 25 bundles of marijuana were seized in Bocas del Toro and Colon in recent days, according to the National Police.

Authorities also seized a vehicle, a boat, a trailer and a motorcycle.

A press release from the National Police said the seizures were the result of three different intelligence operations carried out in recent days by counter narcotics units of the Directorate of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) of Bocas del Toro and Colon.

The first operation in Bocas del Toro resulted in the seizure of 108 packages of cocaine, which were hidden in two containers located in the port of Almirante. They were destined for a European country. In this case no arrests have been made.

Meanwhile, judicial investigators in the province of Colón seized 25 packages of marijuana and 11 kilos of suspected cocaine, as the result of an intelligence investigation, on the main road in the village of Sabanitas.

The illegal goods were concealed in a vehicle with a false bottom, which was towing a yacht, and a motorcycle was seized that was inside of the vehicle. In this case a foreigner was arrested who was driving the vehicle.

In other action, judicial investigators in Colon seized another 20 packages of cocaine, this time inside the evaporator motor of a refrigerated container, which was parked at the Port of Manzanillo. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: A foreigner, driving a pickup truck with a motorcycle in the back, towing a yacht? OK, who got popped?

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1,500 Kilos of Cocaine Busted Over The Weekend In Panama City

Drug TraffickingThe deputy director of the Direction of Judicial Information (DIJ) Alexis Muñoz said four intelligence operations conducted during the weekend could result in the seizure of more than 1,500 kilos of cocaine. The intelligence operations took place in Condado del Rey, Bella Vista, Juan Diaz and other parts of the city. He also said they arrested 14 people who were involved in drug trafficking, among them Colombians and Panamanians. Additionally they seized $20,000 in cash, weapons and vehicles. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Holy crap. That's a relatively large bust, even by Panamanian standards. One kilo of cocaine on the ground in Panama has a wholesale value of about $4,500 so 1,500 kilos is worth about $6.75 million. Once the load makes it to the United States, the wholesale value on the ground in Atlanta jumps to about $26,000 per kilo, giving this 1,500 kilos a value of about $39 million dollars. But on the street, cut, and distributed at the retail level cocaine has a value of about $100 per gram or $100,000 per kilo - so 1,500 kilos has a street value of more than $150 million. In case you're wondering, that's a 2,122% markup from wholesale in Panama to retail on the streets of Chicago.

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SENAFRONT Seized 555 Kilos of Cocaine In The Darien

Drug TraffickingBarriales, Darién - The State Border Service (SENAFRONT) seized this Wednesday, November 7, 555 packages of alleged cocaine in the community of Barriales in the province of Darien. The drugs were found hidden inside of a wooden boat on the Barriales river. The SENAFRONT reported they also seized two AK-47 assault rifles, 389 rounds of ammunition, and two magazines loaded with another 30 rounds of ammunition. A Panamanian was traveling in the boat at the time of the seizure. He was arrested and turned over to the competent authorities. (Prensa)

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Very Large - One Ton or More - Drug Bust On San Jose Island in Panama

Drug TraffickingA shipment of cocaine was found near Playa Esmeralda, on San Jose island in the Perlas islands, by officers of the National Naval Air Service. The drugs had been stashed in a specially built hide site, packed in bags and marked with logos. The Anti Drug Prosecutor was present at the seizure on this island in the Pacific, and this is the first time a seizure of this magnitude has been made on this island. At the same time they found two fuel tanks, but there was no one in the area, or boats.

The drugs had been stashed in an inhospitable area, full of trees and close to the sea, and has been guarded since Tuesday by SENAN units, who are cutting the weeds in the area, searching for someone who they suspect might be nearby, said the SENAN officer Edson Castillo.

The new Naval Air Service Base on Chapera Island is very nearby, which was built to control the presence of speedboats carrying drugs across the Pacific route, used by drug traffickers to move the illegal goods from Colombia. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: They busted more than a ton of cocaine at this site. The drugs were found stashed in a specially built location, hidden underground, with a large corrugated pipe buried underground. The SENAN has not yet given a specific weight for this bust because they have not yet been able to haul it all out of there, count it, and weigh it. This stash has probably been in operation for years.

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288 Kilos of Cocaine Found In Boat Workshop in Rio Abajo

Drug TraffickingTwo hundred eighty-eight (288) packages of cocaine were seized by the units of the Directorate of Police Information, in conjunction with officials from the Anti Drug Prosecutor, found hidden in the false bottom of a boat, and in a storage area of a company used as a front, named "Eurocasas". The drug operation was conducted yesterday, Thursday, in the morning, in the said premises located on Calle Octava in Rio Abajo.

When the police arrived there was no one in the premises that was being used as a workshop. There were only two German shepherd dogs, guarding the premises. During the inspection they found two boats, and upon further review they found the drugs hidden in a false bottom that had been built into both boats. Other packages of drugs were found within several small boxes, bags and suitcases in a storage area on the premises.

The Chief of Police of the Pueblo Nuevo zone, Deputy Commissioner Jose Duarte, said they received a telephone call on Wednesday night reporting the suspicious movement of cars on the site. This irregular situation led to an intelligence operation conducted by specialized anti drug units, and when the raid was ordered they found 54 kilos in a boat and more drugs in the storage area. The drugs were field tested, and was positive for cocaine.

It is presumed the place was used as a workshop, in order to modify the boats, which were then used to transport drug shipments to other countries. The drugs were transferred to the National Police headquarters located in the district Ancon, where it is heavily guarded. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: A kilo of cocaine in Panama City costs about $4,500 so 288 kilos has a wholesale value in Panama of $1.29 million. A kilo of cocaine in Atlanta has a wholesale (traffickers) value of about $26,000 so 288 kilos in the US is worth $7.48 million. Then once it's cut and sold on the street at a retail level, the value jumps to $100,000 per kilo so 288 kilos eventually brings in $28.8 million dollars in cash. So "what's the value of this bust?" Depends...

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330 New SENAFRONT Recruits Undergoing Basic Training

Drug TraffickingA total of 330 young people began their dream of serving their country, their chance to be good men and women, through the basic police training course specialized in protecting the borders of Panama, 40% of them come from different indigenous ethnic groups in the country. Among the aspirants, 100 are from ethnic Ngäbe-Buglé, who aspire for a better future for their family, which is why they ventured into this noble, worthy, and well paid profession. The Director of the SENAFRONT police Commissioner Frank Alexis Abrego said in the SENAFRONT, the Panamanian youth will be fully prepared in academic, physical and mental training, as well as in strengthening civic and moral values, aimed at guaranteeing effective professional service to the community. He said he was pleased that so many young Panamanians have heeded the call to join the ranks of the organization, where after a rigorous screening process they have selected the best. (Dia a Dia)

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Blown Away By Assassins - Busy Street, Broad Daylight, Lots of Witnesses

Drug TraffickingThe citizen José Martínez Díaz, 37, was gunned down yesterday afternoon, Friday, on Via Domingo Diaz, opposite the entrance to the "On the Run" in Villa Lucre, on the side of the road headed towards the city center. According to preliminary reports, it happened at around 5:00 pm. Initial reports indicated there was a body of a man in the middle of the roadway who had been run over by a car. A few minutes later it was verified that the victim had been shot. Apparently the victim was traveling in a Toyota with licence plate number 730230 and he was being followed by two subjects on two motorcycles, who opened fire on the vehicle as evidenced by the holes from the projectiles. Allegedly the victim left the car running away from death, but he was topped by his murderers. He was shot more than seven times. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: Broad daylight, busy street, lots of witnesses - and these assassins just don't care, at all.

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Foreigners Busted At Tocumen With $60,000 In Cash

Drug TraffickingAgents of the Judicial Investigation Department (DIJ) arrested three Colombians with two suitcases that had $60,000 in cash hidden in a double bottom. The foreigners intended to travel to Brazil at the time of their capture at the Tocumen International Airport. (Critica)

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New Naval Air Station Will Be Built On Amador Causeway

Drug TraffickingTwo and a half months after officials from the Security Ministry denied the installation of a new naval air station on Isla Flamenco, on the Amador Causeway, yesterday the Minister Jose Raul Mulino confirmed its construction. He said the new base to be built on Flamenco is part of the four new naval bases that were not included in the original plan. The other three bases will be built in Chinina, in the district of Chepo, in Tonosí, and in the Ngäbe Buglé region.

In late July, this newspaper (La Estrella) reported that a new naval air base would be built on Flamenco Island, and in response Minister Mulino said it was only going to be a dry dock to raise and lower boats for repairs. Yesterday, reality changed. The new Naval Air Base at Flamenco will serve as the "Headquarters of the National Naval Air Service in the Pacific area," said Mullino.

The minister's remarks came during the presentation of the accountability report yesterday, which highlighted the decline in homicides in the country and the investments that have been made in security. A total of 18 naval bases (including the four new above) are being built at a cost of $134.7 million. "With this we wish to prevent, as indeed is being done, the flow of drugs from entering Panama," said Mullino. So far this year authorities have seized about 22 tons of drugs.

VIOLENT SOCIETY - Mulino, together with the heads of the various public safety entities, also stressed that through 30 September 2012 there have been 500 homicides in the country. The figure represents 70 cases less, compared with the same period of 2011. The districts of Panama and San Miguelito recorded the highest numbers of homicides, with a rate of 13.5 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. According to Mulino, homicides related to organized crime represent 24% of these cases, and 45% has been as a result of social conflict, which means that "we are a violent society."

During the presentation of the report it was revealed that today was the ceremony to lay the first stone of the construction of the radar center, and on Friday they will receive the new coast guard center. By the end of the year the first five radar sets will be installed in the country, of a total of 19 sets. (Estrella)

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New Anti Drug Radar Set Installation At Farallon

Drug TraffickingThe president, Ricardo Martinelli, said that with the installation of the radars that are part of the coastal security project, criminal activities related to drug trafficking will be reduced. He said the reduction is reflected the statistics on the number of crimes that have been committed in the country during his tenure. The president also thanked the Government of Italy for the donation of six boats to the Panamanian government, which will also help to combat drug trafficking.

He said the authorities have identified a new tactic being used by the drug traffickers, who are switching to smaller and faster boats, but with the help of radar sets being installed all along both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, they will be easy to locate.

Meanwhile, the Security Minister, Jose Raul Mulino, who also participated in the activity, said that despite the criticism that arose at the time over the acquisition of these radars, Panamanians will see the results between 2013 and 2014.

Martinelli participated in the ceremony of laying the first shovelful of dirt in Farallon, where one of the 19 new radar sets will be installed, acquired by the State from the company Selex.

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Two Arrested With 25 Kilos in Pacora

Drug TraffickingTwo Panamanians were arrested on the afternoon of Thursday October 4 by counter narcotics officers of the Judicial Investigation Department of the National Police. 25 packages of cocaine were seized from the detainees at a checkpoint located in Pacora, through monitoring and surveillance operation. According to reports, the subjects came from Chepo and the drug were detected in a false bottom of their gray Kia Skoda Octavia car. (Mi Diario)

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Colombian Gunned Down In El Cangrejo

Drug TraffickingA Colombian man was shot to death at 7:00 pm last night on "F Street" in El Cangrejo, Panama City. He was shot seven times, and his body was found in a Hyundai Accent with license plate number 990656. Apparently the victim dropped off a girl at an apartment building in the area, but he was being followed by the assassins. (Critica)

Editor's Comment: "Calle F" in El Cangrejo commonly appears on most maps of Panama City as "Ave. 4aB Norte". This is the street that runs from Via Argentina, up the hill towards Einstein's Head, towards the right past the New York Bagel Bakery, past the cake store (on the left) and the Casa de la Carne supermarket which is now closed because of the fire, then it continues down for one more block until you are forced to turn to the right by one way streets. "Calle F" continues on down the hill towards the ULACEX university, but if you're driving you can't go down that way because it becomes a one-way street coming up the hill. This is a part of town most of the members of the English speaking community of expatriates in Panama City will know relatively well. However, the initial description of this murder indicates it's most likely a hit associated with drug trafficking or some other sort of illegal activity. These are the kinds of crimes that occur in Panama almost every day, and simultaneously it's worth noting they almost never splash over to affect the expat community, because few gringos are stupid enough to get involved in those types of activities.

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The Version Of The Ramón Ricardo Martinelli Corro Case in Mexico

Drug TraffickingVery little is known about what happened that November 20, 2009 when Ramón Ricardo Martinelli Corro was arrested in Mexico on charges of alleged money laundering, the product of drug trafficking.

The file in the Martinelli Corro case is a mystery. The Public Ministry of Panama says there are no details on the progress of the criminal proceedings against the cousin of the President. Nothing has been known of Martinelli Corro so far.

An exclusive report obtained by La Estrella revealed previously unknown details about the case against Ramón Martinelli Corro in Mexico.

Arrested in the second maximum security prison in the Aztec country, the president's cousin is awaiting the decision of a judge. From Puerto Grande, the Jalisco prison Martinelli Corro is being held, together with the Panamanian Jorge Álvarez Cummings, he has not left. Nor has he talked to the other inmates in the prison. He just just talks to his lawyer and the court officials in Mexico who have pursued the case against him. Sitting in his cell, completely isolated from the outside world, Martinelli Corro is waiting for the judge's decision. A decision could come at any moment and decide the guilt or innocence of the Panamanian president's cousin. (more)

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