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1. Two American Women Arrested At Tocumen With 26 ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - The Panamanian National police and units of the National Direction of Police Information (DNIP) seized 26 packages of drugs presumed to be cocaine on Tuesday, 10 February 2009. The drugs were taped to the bodies of two American women. Arrested were 19 year old ...

2. Drug Use By English Speaking Expats in Panama
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - A kilo of cocaine in Panama costs about $1,500 wholesale. When you consider that in the United States the same kilo of cocaine will be sold on the street for about $100,000 total (retail), anyone with a serious liking for the nose candy who ...

3. Manuel Antonio Noriega Protected Pablo Escobar in Panama ...
The son of the late boss of the Medellin drug cartel Pablo Escobar Gaviria, confirmed what was an open secret in Panama - that his father, the "boss of all bosses", lived on the isthmus in 1984 under the protection of the then dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega. What's more, the ...

4. Duty Free Shops in Tocumen International Airport Under ...
There currently is no government control over the movement of money and goods passengers carry through the Tocumen International Airport. The National Customs Authority and the National Immigration Service, two of the main responsible for this verification, have no control over purchases made by passengers in the Free Zone of ...

5. FBI Arrests Crossett Educator in Connection with Texas ...
Ashley County Ledger (Second update) Federal Bureau of Investigations agents, assisted by the Crossett Police Department, arrested a Crossett educator at his place of work on Thursday, September 25. Little Rock FBI office media coordinator Steve Frazier said that officers arrested Marshall Kelley, 46, at the Norman Middle School before ...

6. White lines The price of a gram of ...
From Economist.com - THE street price of cocaine varies enormously. The drug costs less in South and Central America, where most cocaine is produced, but it is also low in Morocco, a trafficking destination. Worldwide, prices range from $2 a gram in Panama to over $300 in New Zealand, according ...

7. Colombian police seize 3.3 tons of cocaine near ...
NECOCLI, Colombia - Colombian police confiscated 3.3 tonnes of cocaine bound for Mexico during an offensive against a crime gang in the country's jungle region that borders Panama, police said on Tuesday. The drugs, belonging to the Colombian Usuga Clan crime gang and valued at some $90 million, were discovered ...

8. Gunned Down In The Push Button - Drug ...
By Carlos A. Rodríguez for La Critica - 39 year-old Armando Méndez Rocero was shot to death in a "push button" located on the Pan American Highway in the sector of Tocumen. The murder occurred at 4:35 am in the early morning hours yesterday, Sunday. According to a witness, someone ...

9. Drug Trafficking Through Panama Has Increased - Stephenson
Drug trafficking in Panama has increased "alarmingly" - as have the number of murders, said US Ambassador to Panama Barbara Stephenson. "We have seen an alarming increase in the amount of cocaine and other drugs transiting the seas and Panamanian soil, leaving a trail of death and corruption," said the ...

10. Arrests In Seizure Of $2.6 Million Dollars in ...
Panama's First Anti Drug Prosecutor filed charges against the six people who are accused in the seizure of $2.6 million dollars in cash, and ordered the arrest of three people. The seizure of the large sum of money occurred during a raid on an apartment in the Terra Wind apartment ...

11. Large Drug Cartel Based Out of Panama
"Operation Border" included the participation of counter drug forces from Colombia, USA, Mexico and Panama, and after three years of investigation resulted in tens of millions of property and drugs seized. But it also revealed a complex and almost perfectly constructed mafia operation, which according to intelligence documents used Panama ...

12. Canadian Senior Citizen Drug Mule Busted at Tocumen
By Carlos A. Rodríguez for La Critica - Canadian citizen Mark Anthony Shephard, 60 years old, was arrested by the drug unit of the Panamanian National Police at the Tocumen International Airport for international drug trafficking. The foreigner was arrested and taken to the emergency room of the Santo Tomas ...

13. Cops vs. Drug Traffickers Shootout in Bocas del ...
By Leonardo Machuca G. for La Critica - The shootout occurred in Bocas del Toro. One Honduran was killed and a Colombian was arrested as the outcome of a shootout that occurred in the early morning hours yesterday between officers of the National Police who were in a patrol boat ...

14. Four Arrested, More Than $400K in Cash Seized
By Denise Lara for Telemetro Reporta - Four people were arrested and more than $400,000 was seized in a joint operation conducted by the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) working together with the office of the First Anti Drug Prosecutor. After the DIJ received information on an upcoming cash payment ...

15. US Looks To Expand "Plan Colombia" To Panama
The US government seeks an ally in Panama for counter narcotics. To achieve this, they want to replicate what was done in the so-called 'Plan Colombia'. (more) You've just hit a "pay wall." Panama-Guide subscribers who have logged in to their user accounts can see the full text of this ...

16. Small Drug Trafficking Aircraft from Panama Captured in ...
By JOSÉ OTERO for La Prensa - Colombian Police confirmed the capture last Saturday night, 13 December 2008, of a small airplane with tail number N811PW in Colombia carrying a shipment of 850 kilos of drugs, according to local police sources. The small plane with three people on board departed ...

17. Alex Ventura, Formerly of "Homes" Real Estate, Failed ...
La Critica - Real estate tycoon Alexander Ventura Nogueira (Alexandre Henrique Ventura Nogueira), tied to the investigations into the activities of Colombian David Murcia Guzmán for money laundering, failed to appear today before the Second Anti Corruption Prosecutor in response to a summons to be deposed, because he was indisposed. ...

18. Drug Kingpin Entered Panama Legally
By Rubén Polanco for El Siglo - The Colombian drug trafficker William Johnny Tamayo Hernández, alias ‘Mazinger’, entered Panama with all of his papers in order and at the time there was no international alert asking for his arrest or extradition to any other country, said yesterday the First Anti ...

19. Copa Flight Attendant - Former Model - Busted ...
The news fell like a bucket of cold water on several people, when they learned that the former Mr. Panama, Harry Duncan, was taken away from the Miami International Airport in handcuffs. Harry, who is a flight attendant for Copa Airlines, was held on Monday, along with all the crew ...

20. Ernesto Chong Coronado Bail Set At $4 Million ...
By Magda Maxwell for TVN Noticias - The bail established by the Third Criminal Court for Ernesto Chong Coronado of $4 million dollars is in effect doubled to $8 million dollars, according to Chong's lawyer, who says they are trying to assign or pay it through a bond, and according ...

21. More Than 600 Kilos of Cocaine Seized in ...
About 100 kilos of cocaine were seized in David when two individuals, one of them a minor, came to a freight company to pick up some boxes. Hours earlier, the drugs had been detected by canine units as part of a routine inspection at the company where they were sent, ...

22. A Friend Of Sandra Mallon Writes (Busted at ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Sometimes people do stupid shit. In Panama, one of the dumbest moves a member of the English speaking expatriate community can make is to try to smuggle drugs back to their home country. The economic incentives can be enticing. It's possible to buy one ...

23. First New Naval Air Station Installed on Isla ...
By Elizabeth Garrido A. for La Prensa - The first of four new naval air stations being built by the Panamanian government was inaugurated today, 1 December 2009, on Isla Chapera in the La Perlas archipelago has part of a joint agreement signed recently by the various organizations of state ...

24. US Diplomatic Cables Accusing Solomon Shamah (WikiLeaks)
Again and again, Solomon Shamah is the object of fierce accusations in the US diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks. The US Embassy insists that Panama's Tourism Minister is linked to drug trafficking, and they are also worried about his brother Alberto's ties to David Murcia Guzmán. In a cable dated ...

25. Aircraft Seized At Albrook - With US Tail ...
The aircraft with registration number N-551MF who entered the country last weekend from Honduras with $2.3 million dollars in cash did this same operation on three earlier occasions, a judicial source said yesterday. According to the source, the occupants of the aircraft had a contact who was an employee in ...

26. Colombian Coast Guard Busts Marijuana Headed for Panama
Panama America - Vessels from the Colombian Coast Guard seized 1,684 kilos of marijuana on a ship in waters of the Pacific ocean and arrested four people as they traveled toward Panama, according to official sources. The marijuana was packed in 35 bundles and the boat was sailing without proper ...

27. Panama Discovers 3 Tons of Liquid Cocaine on ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Early Friday morning officers from Panama's National Naval Air Service (SENAN) intercepted and searched a 61 foot steel hulled sailboat in the Atlantic ocean near the province of Colon. Aboard they discovered fourteen 55-gallon drums filled with liquid cocaine. Two people were arrested, the ...

28. Anti Drug Prosecutor José Abel Almengor Resigns
.autotagframe1 { float:right; padding:5px; width:210px; border: silver solid; border-width: 1px; text-align:center; } José Abel Almengor, Panama's Lead Anti Drug Prosecutor, Resigned - By Rocío I. Martins A. for El Siglo - This is the third Anti Drug Prosecutor to resign. The First Anti Drug Prosecutor, José Abel Almengor, presented yesterday ...

29. Drug Bust on Isla Leones - 1,400 Kilos ...
The Panamanian National Police gave another blow to drug traffickers, this time in the province of Veraguas, where they seized 1,400 kilos of cocaine. In an operation dubbed "Halloween" three Colombians were arrested on Isla Leones in the Golfo de Montijo. In addition a speedboat, satellite phones and radios were ...

30. Huge 3,000 Kilo Drug Bust in Panama's Caribbean ...
Drug traffickers lost millions of dollars worth of cocaine in an instant after the National Police of Colon and the Naval Air Service seized approximately 3,000 kilos of the illegal substance. Together with this huge shipment police officers seized an AR-15 assault rifle of American manufacture, four life jackets, and ...