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#5496 Jul 16, 2013
Mexican Drug Cartels Become More Active Deeper In U.S.
By MICHAEL TARM 04/01/13 03:19 PM ET EDT AP
Mexican Drug Cartels
In this Nov. 4, 2010 file photo, bales of marijuana are wheeled out at a news conference in Jonesboro, Ga. Forty-five people were arrested 45 people along with cash, guns and more than two tons of drugs as part of an investigation by federal and local law enforcement into the Atlanta-area U.S. distribution hub of Mexico's La Familia drug cartel. Drug cartels have long been the nation’s No. 1 supplier of illegal drugs, but in the past, their operatives rarely ventured beyond the border.
CHICAGO Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world's most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits.
If left unchecked, authorities say, the cartels' move into the American interior could render the syndicates harder than ever to dislodge and pave the way for them to expand into other criminal enterprises such as prostitution, kidnapping-and-extortion rackets and money laundering.
Cartel activity in the U.S. is certainly not new. Starting in the 1990s, the ruthless syndicates became the nation's No. 1 supplier of illegal drugs, using unaffiliated middlemen to smuggle cocaine, marijuana and heroin beyond the border or even to grow pot here.
But a wide-ranging Associated Press review of federal court cases and government drug-enforcement data, plus interviews with many top law enforcement officials, indicate the groups have begun deploying agents from their inner circles to the U.S. Cartel operatives are suspected of running drug-distribution networks in at least nine non-border states, often in middle-class suburbs in the Midwest, South and Northeast.
"It's probably the most serious threat the United States has faced from organized crime," said Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Chicago office.
The cartel threat looms so large that one of Mexico's most notorious drug kingpins a man who has never set foot in Chicago was recently named the city's Public Enemy No. 1, the same notorious label once assigned to Al Capone.
The Chicago Crime Commission, a non-government agency that tracks crime trends in the region, said it considers Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even more menacing than Capone because Guzman leads the deadly Sinaloa cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in Chicago and in many cities across the U.S.
Years ago, Mexico faced the same problem of then-nascent cartels expanding their power "and didn't nip the problem in the bud," said Jack Killorin, head of an anti-trafficking program in Atlanta for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. "And see where they are now."
Riley sounds a similar alarm: "People think,`The border's 1,700 miles away. This isn't our problem.' Well, it is. These days, we operate as if Chicago is on the border."
Border states from Texas to California have long grappled with a cartel presence. But cases involving cartel members have now emerged in the suburbs of Chicago and Atlanta, as well as Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Ky., and rural North Carolina. Suspects have also surfaced in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
Mexican drug cartels "are taking over our neighborhoods," Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane warned a legislative committee in February. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan disputed her claim, saying cartels are primarily drug suppliers, not the ones trafficking drugs on the ground.
For years, cartels were more inclined to make deals in Mexico with American traffickers, who would then handle transportation to and distribution within major cities, said Art Bilek, a former organized crime investigator who is now executive vice president of the crime commission.
#5497 Jul 16, 2013
Some officials say that the violence at the Mexican border is only as close to you as your nearest drug dealer.
Read the news stories of Atlanta being a major hub of the Mexican cartels, while they also deal to over 270 known cities throughout the US as the spokes in the drug cartel wheel.
Research the myriad maps provided by the US govt regarding how these drugs are trafficked. And by whom.
Read about all of the US and foreign banks involved in money laundering for the cartels.
Inform yourself, friends and families.
Learn about their businesses that operate successfully in the US because they are fronts for the cartels. See the legitimate US businesses that have failed because their competition is hiring illegals.
Think about all of the failing schools, no, failing students' grades, because we are now forced to teach in several languages and to lazy, uncooperative drugged teens, starting with the drug and gang empowered and violent teens who (along with their parents) threaten teachers daily in the classrooms.
The fabric of our once growing and successful society is deteriorating...our schools, communities and values.
Hourly employment rates are not rising because they work under the table.
Many inner city schools have become disgustng havens of safety and sources of entertainment for the millions of ganged up teens and their drug customer teens who smoke dope, crack, k2 before, during and after school.
And the DPT of ED CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY SCORES ARE LOW???? It is often easier to blame the school personnel than to admit that thousands of the local citizens and their kids use and sell drugs. Often the parents of these teens are also gang members who also need drugs to use at home with their kids. Many times the parents are aiding and abetting their kids to participate in the gang life. Then they do not have to support their kids themselves. Parents actually come into the schools and threaten teachers to pass their kids.
By the way, once a teen mom or dad have a child, that baby is automatically a member of the gang, therefore we have millions of teens raised at home in the ways of the thug culture by their parent(s). They might get through high school, then work at menial jobs while still making drug, gang money....and the cycle continues.
Unless and until the lazy, violent, uneducated thugs in this country cease their activities, it is going to get worse. Leopards do no change their spots so honest and concerned US
citizens have to be informed.
The border wars do not stop near Mexico. They have permeated every community in the US. Be informed and aware.
#5498 Jul 16, 2013
We need to ship more meth into murica to increase production output! Git R Done!
#5499 Jul 16, 2013
16 charged in alleged Mexican drug pipeline in Chester County
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Law enforcement officials Wednesday announced the conclusion of a joint local and federal operation that targeted an alleged cocaine pipeline running from Mexico straight into southern Chester County.
According to the Chester County District Attorneys Office, the year-long investigation dubbed Operation Tuberia Rota, or Operation Broken Pipeline, resulted in 16 arrests across southern Chester County, Reading, and Delaware.
According to a criminal complaint filed by investigators, the investigation used numerous confidential informants to set up multiple direct purchases of cocaine. Police also used wiretaps of the suspects phones to establish a network of contacts and discover the patterns behind the drug dealing activity. Law enforcement officials said the investigation determined the suspects had direct ties to Mexico and to other dealers across the United States.
Officials said the suspects named in the case are accused of operating a cocaine distribution network by hiding couriers among the large Latino populations in southern Chester County and Delaware.
From my days as a federal prosecutor, we were aware that Mexican drug trafficking organizations run a pipeline of drugs up the East Coast, cutting through southern Chester County, said District Attorney Tom Hogan.The DTOs (drug trafficking organizations) hide their drug couriers among the law-abiding Latino population in southern Chester County. Operation Tuberia Rota sends a loud message to Mexican DTOs we know where you are, we are coming after you, and we will shut down your drug pipeline in Chester County.
Seven of the 16 suspects named in the case live in Chester County. All suspects were charged with drug delivery, conspiracy, and related offenses and remain in local or federal custody.
Daniel Ramirez, 28, and Miguel Luna Rodriguez, aka Gallo, 44, both reside in Nottingham. Miguel Lara-Zavala, aka Twinky, 44, and Fidencia Avalos, aka La Tusa, 42, both live in Kennett Square. Martin Romero-Cruz, 30, resides in Oxford. Abel Francisco Tinoco-Guitierrezz, 42, lives in Chadds Ford. Martin Zavala-Zavala, 36, lives in Coatesville.
Five other suspects are from Wilmington, three were from Reading, and one was from Newark.
Federal officials said the investigation confirms the presence of Mexican drug trafficking organizations in Chester County and throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.This investigation confirms that Mexican trafficking organizations have infiltrated our communities throughout Pennsylvania, said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge David G. Nongilli.The defendants in this case established a drug distribution network responsible for distributing significant quantities of cocaine in Chester County. The DEA will continue to use all of its resources to confront these drug organizations with our law enforcement partner agencies.
Also arrested were David Mora, 31, Erick Orihuela-Solalinde, 29, Moise Lantigua-Ayala, aka Moi, 29, all of Reading. Jonathan Garcia Sanchez, aka Cesar, 25, Jesus Zamora-Zamora, 40, Benjamin Lara-Medina, 38, Cesar Morales Castillo, aka Chicles, 32, and Marcelino Rocha-Luna, aka Pokey, 25, all of Wilmington, were also arrested. Jose Miranda Garcia, aka Mario, 29, of Newark, DE, was also arrested.
#5500 Jul 16, 2013
Klamath County drug raids: 38 arrested in operation tied to Mexican cartels
on May 15, 2013 at 3:27 PM, updated May 15, 2013 at 9:34 PM Email
Police arrested 38 people and searched 23 locations in predawn raids Wednesday in Klamath County, dismantling a "large and violent" drug organization linked to Mexican drug cartels. Ten people were still being sought.
Law enforcement officials said it was the largest one-day roundup of drug-dealing suspects in recent Oregon history.
The investigation, "Operation Trojan Horse," was begun after the bodies of two suspected drug traffickers from California were found shot and buried last October on a ranch outside Bonanza, a tiny community 25 miles east of Klamath Falls.
Wednesday's raids, led by Special Weapons and Tactics teams and involving 300 officers from local, state and federal agencies, hit homes and businesses in Klamath Falls, Chiloquin, Malin and Bonanza to break up a large methamphetamine trafficking organization. The group also trafficked in guns, authorities said. The investigation was orchestrated by the state Criminal Justice Division, a unit of Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's office.
Police, who also searched 22 cars and trucks, seized 4 pounds of meth and 25 guns. They acquired another 25 guns earlier in the investigation. Eight children found at raid sites were turned over to state social service workers.
"Agents have developed evidence of connections between the meth ring located in Klamath County and Mexican drug cartels," according to a statement from the state Justice Department. "The cartels have successfully made inroads into Oregon, particularly into some rural parts of the state."
Authorities wouldn't elaborate, and they wouldn't comment on the link between Wednesday's arrests and the homicide victims found in October. The Klamath County Sheriff's Office had identified the victims as Everardo Mendez-Ceja, 32, of Richmond, Calif., and Ricardo Jauregui, 38, of Oakley, Calif. No one has been arrested in that case.
Authorities identified Jose Buenaventura Vinals, 50, of Chiloquin as the leader of the drug operation. He was charged with two counts of racketeering and two counts of delivery of methamphetamine. Documents filed by Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge said Vinals' group had operated in Klamath County since October. The information cited meth sales as recently as May 2.
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The information identified six others directly associated with Vinals in the enterprise, each charged with racketeering: Marcia Caceras, 49, of Chiloquin; Jeffrey D. Bell, 33, and Dennis R. Headley Jr., 35, of Klamath Falls; Derek Ortega-Gonsalez and Asusena Ortega Barreto, both 22 and of Bonanza; and Juan M. Gomez, 22, hometown unknown.
The carefully coordinated raids launched at 3 a.m., when police expected most suspects to be asleep. Heavily armed tactical units from Oregon State Police, several sheriff's offices and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives struck each location, in some instances using special SWAT vehicles.
At one site in downtown Klamath Falls, SWAT officers used explosives to blow the front door off a home. They quickly subdued at least two suspects as other officers moved in to begin searching for drugs and other evidence. Suspects were ferried to the Klamath Falls Police Department, where they were plunked into plastic chairs arranged in a square on the agency's indoor basketball court.
The suspects, men and women, sat speechless, their handcuffed hands in front of them. Explorers -- volunteer youth workers -- were tasked with keeping an eye on them. The disheveled suspects hung their heads and looked at second-story interior windows but didn't say a word to one another.
Vinals, muscled and with a shaved head, sat straight up, glaring. The suspects were awaiting questioning before heading to jail and arraignments in Klamath County Circuit Court. The defendants' bail ranges from $25,000 to $5 million.
#5501 Jul 16, 2013
Self-identified enforcer for Mexican cartels confesses to more than 30 murders, police sayA man suspected in a cold case double-murder in Florida has told authorities he killed more than 30 people in his work as a debt collector for a Mexican drug cartel, deputies said. WESH's Dave McDaniel reports.
By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News
A self-described debt collector for Mexican drug cartels says he has slayed more than 30 people across the United States, according to investigators.
If Jose Martinez, 51, is found guilty of scores of homicides on both coasts, he would earn a place among the most lethal serial murderers in American history.
Investigators have confirmed that Martinez is responsible for a 2006 double-homicide in Marion County, Fla., a March homicide in Lawrence County, Ala., and at least 10 other killings in California, according to sheriffs officials.
Martinez, a U.S. citizen, told investigators that he committed those murders and more than a dozen others as an enforcer for multiple Mexican drug lords, according to Lawrence County Sheriffs Capt. Tim McWhorter.
Advertise | AdChoicesHe basically told us,Im the guy that pays you a visit when you dont pay the cartel, McWhorter said.He had a reputation in the drug world as the guy who would get the job done. If he was assigned to get money, hed get money. If he was assigned to kill, hed kill.
A trail of bloodshed
The alleged killer's startling admissions to officials in Alabamawhere investigators from all relevant states converged in early June to interview the suspectcame nearly four months after detectives in Florida found key evidence linking Martinez to a 7-year-old cold case, according to Marion County, Fla., Det. T.J. Watts.
Authorities probing the Nov. 8, 2006 slayings of two Hispanic males determined in February that DNA on a cigarette butt inside a Nissan truck where they found the bullet-riddled bodies of Javier Huerta, 20, and Gustavo Rivas, 28, matched that of Martinez, Watts said. Officials issued a warrant for his arrest.
The following month, officials in Alabama investigating the March 4 slaying of Jose Ruiz, 32, discovered unspecified evidence that Martinez perpetrated the crime while visiting that state, where his daughter is believed to live, according to Capt. McWhorter.
Authorities had previously suspected Martinezs daughters boyfriend, Jamie Romero, of killing Ruiz, but incriminating information from anonymous sources provided to investigators suggested Martinez pulled the trigger, making him the principal suspect, McWhorter said.
Fortuitously, Martinez was apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents in early June near Yuma, Ariz., after trying to cross the border from Mexico without proper identification. Officials quickly learned of Martinezs criminal footprints and arranged to have him extradited to Alabama, where he now faces murder charges, according to McWhorter.
At first, Martinez denied involvement in the murder of Ruiz, but ultimately confessed to that slaying after nearly an hour of questioning.
By then, McWhorter said,the floodgates had opened and he began to confess to multiple murders in Florida and California.
'He is cold-hearted and he means business'
Martinez told investigators he has worked on contract for more than one Mexican drug lord as well as other unidentified clients. He said that many of the killings to which he has confessed including the 2006 double-homicide stem from disputes over illicit drug purchases and sales.
He considers himself a bail bondsman
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#5503 Jul 16, 2013
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Posted By Colin Daileda Thursday, May 2, 2013
As Barack Obama heads to Mexico, U.S. involvement in Mexico's battle against drug cartels is getting a lot of press. But it's worth noting that Mexico's notorious narcotics trade isn't just Mexico's problem anymore.
And Obama should be well aware of that, considering that this past February Chicago declared Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán its first "Public Enemy No. 1" since Al Capone.
"While Chicago is 1,500 miles from Mexico, the Sinaloa drug cartel is so deeply embedded in the city that local and federal law enforcement are forced to operate as if they are on the border," Jack Riley, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Chicago office, told CNN.
The infiltration of the Windy City shows the extent to which Mexican drug syndicates have made inroads in the United States -- the Associated Press and others have reported that cartel cells are operating in Atlanta, Ga., Louisville, Ky., Columbus, Ohio, and rural North Carolina. In fact, according to an excellent National Post infographic based on data from a U.S. Justice Department report and other sources, it's much easier to list states that don't have a drug trade tied to Mexican gangs.
There are only twelve that haven't reported the presence of one of four Mexican cartels since 2008: Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Mexican drug trade is everywhere else.
Detected cartel operations range from traditional drug-running to using a horse ranch as a front for laundering drug money, as one group did in Oklahoma.
The Sinaloa cartel, which has emerged as Mexico's dominant syndicate, has carved out new territory in the United States by controlling 80 percent of its meth trade (Mexican cartels have come to dominate the U.S. market by aggressively bumping up the purity of their meth while dropping the price per gram).
All told, Mexican cartels reside in 1,200 American communities as of 2011, up from 230 in 2008, according to the Associated Press. Below is a map that shows just how many states have been penetrated, according to the National Post's special report on the topic.
#5504 Jul 16, 2013
March 28, 2012 San Juan, PRPuerto Rican drug lord and leader of largest Caribbean drug trafficking organization pleads guilty
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico The leader of the largest drug trafficking organization in the Caribbean pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in district court Tuesday following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Jose Figueroa Agosto, aka Junior Capsula, pleaded guilty before U.S. Judge Juan Manuel Perez Gimenez, who set his sentencing for August 2012.
On Nov. 13, 2011, HSI special agents arrested Agosto after he was charged on a 12-count indictment with conspiracy to import narcotics into the United States, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and money laundering. The indictment also sought to forfeit the proceeds obtained as a result of such offenses, up to an amount of $100 million.
According to the indictment, from 2005, the defendants conspired to import multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine into Puerto Rico from places outside of the United States, mainly the Dominican Republic, all for significant financial gain and profit. Co-conspirators assumed various roles within the drug trafficking organization in order to further the object of the conspiracy, including but not limited to leaders, transporters and facilitators.
The leaders of this organization included Agosto; José Miguel Marrero Martell, aka Pito Nariz; Jorge Luis Figueroa Agosto; and Eddy Brito.
It is alleged that the co-conspirators would smuggle hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into Puerto Rico from the Dominican Republic in private vessels. The narcotics would be distributed in Puerto Rico and the continental United States, and part of the drug proceeds would also be smuggled from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic in bulk cash quantities.
The indictment further alleges that members of the organization were responsible for the transportation of narcotics into Puerto Rico onboard private motor vessels. Many of the transporters purchased luxury motor vessels in order to move the narcotics into Puerto Rico. The following co-conspirators acted as transporters in this organization: Diego Pérez Colón, Sixto Boschetti Dávila, Kareem Boschetti Dávila, Elier Martínez Delgado, Rafael Molina Padró, Ivan Crespo Talavera, Raúl González Díaz, Carlos Torres Landrúa, Hector Ramos Rosado, Jonathan Vega Berrios and Joel Vega Berrios. Gerardo Amaro Rodríguez acted as a facilitator assisting with the placement, layering and integration of the organization's narcotics proceeds within legitimate economic and financial systems.
The defendants would attempt to create the appearance that their narcotics proceeds were legitimate by purchasing assets through the use of "straw owners" or "jockeys." The defendants and their co-conspirators would purchase assets, use nominee bank accounts to deposit narcotics proceeds, and make payments for services with cash and money orders. This was done in order to conceal the true ownership of the assets, conceal the source of the funds, and avoid tracing by financial institutions, and civil and criminal authorities, thereby protecting their interest in the properties.
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#5505 Jul 16, 2013
Jim Kouri September 4, 2007
Narcotics trafficker extradited to US from Dominican Republic
By Jim Kouri
Jose Ramon Hinojosa Santos, the head of an international drug ring that shipped heroin and cocaine to the United States, Western Europe, and Canada, was extradited to the United States from the Dominican Republic late Sunday evening.
He was arraigned Monday afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann at the U. S. Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, and ordered detained. The defendant's initial appearance before United States District Court Judge Raymond J. Dearie is scheduled for 4:30 this afternoon.
On July 18, 2006, an indictment was returned by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn charging Hinojosa with drug trafficking conspiracy, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Hinojosa was apprehended by law enforcement officers in the Dominican Republic on February 11, 2007, and ordered held without bail. On July 13, 2007, after the Dominican Republic authorized Hinojosa's extradition to the United States, he unsuccessfully attempted to escape by sawing through the bars of his prison cell.
The indictment charges that since 2002, Hinojosa's organization shipped drugs from Colombia through Venezuela to the Dominican Republic, and then utilized young Dominican women to import heroin and cocaine into the United States, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, and The Netherlands.
Typically, the couriers transported between three and eight kilograms of cocaine, and between one and three kilograms of heroin, hidden in suitcases. To minimize the chance of detection, the couriers were often accompanied by friends and family members to make it appear as if they were on a vacation.
DEA estimates that the organization was responsible for sending over 50 kilograms of heroin to the United States and over 100 kilograms of cocaine to Western Europe between 2004 and 2006. In the past three years, fourteen of the couriers were arrested in the United States, Canada, the Dominican Republic, and Western Europe. Four of the couriers arrested in New York have pleaded guilty to narcotics trafficking charges and are awaiting sentence.
The arrest of Hinojosa and the drug couriers is the product of a lengthy investigation conducted by Drug Enforcement Administration Offices in New York, Berlin, Bern, and the Dominican Republic, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Montreal Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Germany Landeskriminalamt (LKA) in Berlin, the Swiss Federal Office of Police, and the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office in Bern, Switzerland. During the investigation, law enforcement officers seized over 45 kilograms of cocaine and one kilogram of heroin.
"The combined efforts of law enforcement on two continents identified and then dismantled a major drug importation organization operating from the Dominican Republic," stated United States Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf.
"We are committed to working with our law enforcement colleagues around the world to bring to justice those who would bring illegal drugs into our countries." Ms. Mauskopf expressed her grateful appreciation to the agencies that assisted the investigation.
John P. Gilbride, Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Field Office, stated, "Working collaboratively with our law enforcement partners around the globe, DEA identified a multitude of drug couriers who were operating under the direction of Hinojosa Santos. This extradition is a success for our global counterparts and sends a signal to drug traffickers worldwide who are responsible for flooding our streets with illegal narcotics that we will not tolerate their actions."
The charge in the indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Hinojosa faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years' imprisonment, and a $4 million fine.
#5506 Jul 17, 2013
Jamaica Drug Bust: Agents Seize Cocaine Hidden Inside Xbox
06/12/12 02:37 PM ET AP
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaican authorities have seized 24 pounds of cocaine concealed inside the shell of an X-Box.
The Jamaica Customs Department says that the cocaine was discovered at Kingston's airport shortly after a Guyanese traveler cleared customs with a laptop and a suitcase.
The man returned to the baggage area, claiming he left a third item. Officials say customs officers scanned and searched the Xbox in his bag and found the cocaine.
The Department said Tuesday the man acknowledged he was paid $5 million to transport the drugs.
Last month, authorities at Guyana's main airport revoked security passes for a dozen employees following a rise in cocaine-stuffed suitcases intercepted on flights to New York.
#5507 Jul 17, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 18, CMC- A major anti-narcotics operation in Honduras led to the death of a Jamaican man ,the arrest of another while a third is missing at sea .
Its reported that the incident took place on Wednesday following a high-speed boat chase.
The Honduran navy said one of three Jamaican men on a go-fast boat carrying 772 pounds of cocaine died when one of its coast guard vessels rammed the craft before dawn. The incident took place about 2.5 miles off the countrys northern coast.
Rear Admiral Rigoberto Espinal, Honduran Army Spokesman, said one of the other Jamaicans jumped into the sea and disappeared while the third man was detained.
The Honduran government reports that the Jamaicans did not resist the coast guard officials, but army personnel had to ram the boat resulting in the death of one of the crew members.
The survivor has been interrogated by personnel from the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Espinal said DEA agents did not participate directly in the raid but disclosed that the United States had informed the Honduran authorities of the boats location by radar.
The authorities in Honduras said it was the first US radar intelligence, following a five-month suspension of sharing of such data.
The co-operation was halted after incidents in which the Honduran air force shot down two suspected drug planes in violation of agreements with Washington.
Espinal estimated that up to five tons of narcotics may have passed through Honduras during the five months that the radar system was suspended.
The United States resumed radar intelligence sharing in late November.
#5508 Jul 17, 2013
Latino drug lords find African allies
Oct 25, 2008
FREETOWN // An upcoming UN report will shed light on criminal gangs in West Africa that work with South American drug cartels in a murky alliance that threatens stability in the region. "Besides foreigners there is a growing phenomenon of local criminal groups," said Antonio Mazzitelli of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). "This certainly creates obstacles to democracy, to good governance, to development."
The UN estimates that US$2 billion (Dh7.3bn) worth of cocaine enters West Africa each year before being smuggled into Europe. Previous research focused on the role of South American cocaine cartels, which began operating heavily in the region about four years ago. "We often talk about the Latinos, but what about the Africans involved? There are over 1,600 West Africans all over the world convicted for drug trafficking," Mr Mazzitelli said in a telephone interview from his office in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
The new report will look at local criminal networks, which facilitate the passage of drugs through airports and organised human couriers to smuggle cocaine into Europe via commercial flights. These gangs take in about $450 million each year, according to Mr Mazzitelli. Antonio Costa, who heads the UNODC, will unveil the report at a three-day anti-drug trafficking conference that starts today in the island nation of Cape Verde, which has emerged as one of the main transit points for drug smugglers. The conference is being held by the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).
The title of the conference, Drug Trafficking as a Security Threat to West Africa, shows that West African countries now recognise drug trafficking as a serious danger to their stability, Mr Mazzitelli said. Previously, Ecowas members considered the cocaine trade a problem primarily for governments in South America, the source of supply, and Europe, where the demand lies. "This overall attitude has characterised the issue," he said. But the thinking changed as West African countries watched cartels infiltrate their security forces and other state institutions.
"It can cause destabilisation for the government," said Francis Munu, the head of crime and intelligence in the Sierra Leone police. In July, Sierra Leone police seized an aircraft loaded with 700 kilograms of cocaine, which landed at the country's international airport after taking off from Venezuela. Kemoh Sessay, the transportation and aviation minister, was dismissed from his post and is now under investigation. Mr Munu said suspects also included airport officials, police officers and business people.
"They are individuals, but when you put the whole scenario together you find that it's organised crime," he said. Police also arrested three Colombians, a Venezuelan, a Mexican and a US citizen, he said. The case illustrates some of the challenges West African authorities face in fighting traffickers. So far, suspects have been charged with relatively minor offences, but not with drug smuggling. In fact, it was only after the arrests that the government pushed through legislation dealing specifically with cocaine trafficking.
Previously, anti-drug laws carried a maximum 20-year sentence. Only softer drugs, such as cannabis, are mentioned in the law, reflecting the state of drug use when the laws were enacted. Under the new laws, traffickers can face life imprisonment. Mr Munu said police plan to charge the suspects using the new laws. But Cristin Edwards, a defence lawyer for suspects including the Venezuelan George Arisabella, said the Sierra Leone constitution stipulates laws could not be applied retroactively.
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#5509 Jul 18, 2013
I dunno, at about $30,000 per kilo and 12 kilos shipped, paying 5 mil to transport half a mil in drugs sounds foolish.
#5510 Jul 18, 2013
Mules are paid for many responsibilities:
no snitching if arrested
future, present and past deliveries - aren't paid by the kilo/hour only
maybe some disappeared with authorities dealing
making electronic payments on computer
staying in contact with boss
flying under the radar
making to payments to his contacts...many people need to be paid
dealers don't only deal in drugs...gunz, gangs
#5511 Jul 18, 2013
I work in the presence of people of all cultures every day. I hear them discussing their lifestyles and behaviors. Often they inform me directly about their past criminal activities.
People from all cultures commit crimes.
I do not have to search the country for any articles.
I listen to them and they talk about murders, rape, drug dealing , gangs, guns, burglaries, robberies, arsons, etc. I have known at least ten who have been murdered...drugs and gangs.
I have seen their drugs and guns. They show me phone clips of their gang jump ins, street beatings, robberies, and sexual encounters, and their drunken and drugged parties.
I have studied their gang videos and I understand their slang, motivations and signs.
Crime occurs in all nations, states, counties, areas,
Mans inhumanity to man knows no color or cultural barrier.
#5512 Jul 18, 2013
If whites weren't such a bunch of junkies the cartels would be making knockoffs of Chinese merchandise.
#5513 Jul 19, 2013
Many of the previous lengthy entries came directly from news articles regarding US
violence and from law enforcement reports.(local, state, FBI, etc) available for you to research. The government is neither clueless or nuts while writing these documents nor are the reporters who have witnessed the dead bodies of victims nationwide.
If the truth is painful for some to accept, then it may be that you do not want to be informed, are aware of the situation and want it quieted, or have personal acceptance of criminal behaviors as the norm, etc. Perhaps you are simply not aware of the existence of international organized crime/cartels, or have a peculiar personal agenda that forbids you to accept the truth.
Obviously many are aware of the ongoing problems and will continue to investigate and apprehend the perps internationally and locally.
One simply can view myriad Fbook and Internet videos supporting many of the facts/concepts detailed in the articles.
Finally, there are millions of US citizens and members of the military and law enforcement who desire safe, drug free communities, schools and streets. They are black, white, hispanic,male, female, of all ages, creeds and sexual orientations. Sometimes they even lose their lives working at the jobs they believe in...making the US a better place for all.
Working for good is never nuts nor clueless.
#5514 Jul 19, 2013
We need more browns to get rid of the blacks. i.e. George Zimmerman
#5515 Jul 21, 2013
The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.
― Jeff Cooper, Art of the Rifle
#5516 Jul 22, 2013
It is so nice to see that the area has not changed... You are still a bunch of close minded racist idiots who think going on vacation is whoooo to Tunkhannock. Get over yourselves you still have people in that town that say they are Irish or Polish and you are five generations past.. get over yourselves... read a book one that is not written by Dr. SUESS. BUT seriously making fun of a guy who said he was Puerto Rican get over it you racist fool... I am thankful i left the area when i did... so you can swallow yourselves in lard and eat haluski. Hispanic is an ethnic background not a race so get it right as well.. You pick on the Mexicans but they work... not like the welfare trash i remember of Plymouth... WOW you think you were rhe Hampton's your not even Dallas.
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