Category Archives: Drug Traffic

WP – William Brownfield: drug traffickers will expand in Caribbean by 2015

William Brownfield, assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement, says he believes drug traffickers squeezed out of Mexico, Central America and South America will target the Caribbean by 2015.

CHDS Forum on Violence in Central America

CHDS Forum on Violence in Central America

Bolivia, Brasil y Perú diseñarán plan antidrogas

Por Noticieros Televisa | Fuente: AP | 2013-02-07

Autoridades de Perú, Brasil y Bolivia acordaron incluir un fondo en conjunto para un plan antidrogas

LA PAZ, Bolivia, feb. 7, 2013.- Bolivia, Brasil, y Perú diseñarán un plan antidrogas en tres meses que se debatirá en ese plazo, informaron autoridades de los tres países tras una reunión en La Paz.

“Hay que trabajar en los lineamientos temáticos de trabajo y que hemos vuelto a analizar y revisar en esta reunión: control del espacio aéreo, el control lacustre, el control rivereño, el control de los pasos fronterizos que seguramente requerirá varios instrumentos”, dijo en rueda de prensa el ministro de Gobierno boliviano Carlos Romero.

La Paz es sede del foro “Extinción de dominio: Herramienta eficaz en la lucha contra el crimen organizado”, el cual analizó las normas que existen en esos países para confiscar rápidamente los bienes de las bandas de los criminales con presencia de delegaciones de los tres países.

Asistieron la secretaria de Justicia de Brasil, Marcia Pellegrini, y el ministro del Interior del Perú, Wilfredo Pedraza, además del fiscal de la Unidad de Extinción de Dominio del Poder Público de Colombia, Gilmar Santander.

Tras el foro, las autoridades de Perú, Brasil y Bolivia acordaron incluir un fondo conjunto en el plan general antidrogas.

“Después de tres meses, los ministros nos volveremos a reunir para debatir este plan en este proceso todos aportamos logística y se definirá su procedimiento de cómo generar el fondo y cómo utilizarlo”, dijo Pedraza.

La autoridad brasileña expresó que Brasil ya cuenta con un fondo de lucha contra el narcotráfico y busca apoyar ahora al fondo conjunto.

Para el viernes se prevé una reunión bilateral entre Bolivia y Brasil para debatir sobre el sobrevuelo de aviones no tripulados en las fronteras, ya que Bolivia comparte con Brasil una frontera de 3,600 kilómetros y de 1,400 con Perú.

 

DEA considera complementaria ayuda rusa a Centroamérica

Por Noticieros Televisa | Fuente: EFE | 2013-03-24

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, mar. 24, 2013.- La asistencia antidrogas de Rusia a Centroamérica será complementaria a la colaboración que presta la DEAal istmo en la lucha contra el narcotráfico y el crimen organizado, afirmó la embajadora estadunidense en Nicaragua, Phyllis Powers.

La asistencia rusa no va a “reemplazar” la estrecha colaboración de la Agencia Antidrogas de Estados Unidos (DEA), declaró a los medios de comunicación la diplomática.

La ayuda de Moscú será para “complementar” el trabajo que realiza la DEA y los esfuerzos del Ejército y de la policía en la lucha contra las drogas, el tráfico de armas, de personas y de dinero proveniente del crimen organizado, expresó.

Rusia, agregó, “se está convirtiendo en parte de la solución y no en parte del problema, y todos necesitamos trabajar en este problema” del narcotráfico.

“No veo la ayuda de Rusia como una competencia para la DEA, sino como un apoyo”, manifestóPowers en alusión a la decisión de Moscú de instalar un moderno centro regional de capacitación antidrogas en Managua.

El viernes, el jefe del Servicio Federal de Control de Drogas de Rusia (FSKN), Viktor Ivanov, inauguró la construcción del centro regional.

Powers explicó que el apoyo de Moscú “no quiere decir” que Estados Unidos está saliendo del país y que “otros” (Rusia) van a “venir a reponer” el trabajo con las fuerzas de seguridad de todos los países de la región.

Las operaciones conjunta con los países centroamericanos en las aguas internacionales continuarán, dijo la embajadora norteamericana.

Desde 2008 a la fecha, el gobierno estadounidense ha desembolsado 361 millones de dólares en proyecto de seguridad ciudadana en la región, a través de la Iniciativa de Seguridad Regional de Centro América (Carsi).

La directora de la Policía Nacional de Nicaragua, Aminta Granera, afirmó el viernes pasado que seguirán trabajando en coordinación con todas las agencias de seguridad del mundo para enfrentar al crimen organizado.

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Russia & Nicaragua Bust Zeta-Linked Drug Ring in Joint Operation

Published March 13, 2013

Fox News Latino

A joint anti-drug effort between the Russian and Nicaraguan governments brought down earlier this week a Central American drug gang with ties to Mexico’s violent Zetas cartel.

According to Russian media reports, Russia’s logistical support for Nicaragua’s drug-war effort helped net 40 people and 1.2 tons of cocaine last week in multiple raids in Managua, Rivas, Masaya, Matagalpa and Chinandega.

“Thanks to our logistical support, Nicaragua has succeeded in dismantling a major drug ring headed by a Mexican named Martín Flores, who served the Mexican cartel Los Zetas”, Russia’s drug-czar Victor Ivanov said, according to the Nicaraguan newspaper El Nuevo Diario. Ivanov added that the narco group has established close contact with Europeans to supply cocaine throughout Europe and Russia.

The raids are the first busts since Nicaragua and Russia signed an agreement last February that included a Russian-funded anti-narcotics training center to be constructed in the Central American nation and the promise of Russian equipment and weapons, including a fleet of Russian-made “Tiger” urban-assault vehicles.

Relations between the two nations have dramatically increased over the last few years, especially in terms of military aid flowing across the Atlantic to Nicaragua from Russia. In 2011 Russia allegedly provided Nicaragua with $26.5 million in military aid, compared to about $3 million from the U.S. military, according to Nicaragua’s English-language news site, Nicaragua Dispatch.

Nicaragua and Russia have had close relations since the days of the ‘Contras’ war in the 1980s, when the Soviet Union provided weapons and armament to the Sandinista government. Dealings between the two countries cooled once the Sandinista government left office in 1990, but picked back up once Daniel Ortega resumed the Nicaraguan presidency in 2006.

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Washington Post – Mexico wants US aid to focus more on social programs in bid to quell drug violence

By Associated Press, Published: February 14

MEXICO CITY — A top security official says Mexico will ask the U.S. to focus anti-drug aid more on social programs and prevention.

Mexican Assistant Interior Secretary Roberto Campa says only about 2 percent of the current $1.9 billion in American aid under the Merida Initiative is earmarked for social programs. Most goes for intelligence, transport and the training for Mexican law enforcement agencies.

Campa said Thursday the previous administration’s social programs were poorly organized and late.

President Enrique Pena Nieto has pledged to focus less on armed conflict and more on addressing the underlying social issues that fuel the drug violence that has cost more than 70,000 lives since 2006.

That plan includes a $9.2 billion program to provide greater employment and educational opportunities for youths who otherwise might join cartels.

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In Sight Crime – Zetas’ Control of US-Mexico Border Slipping: Report

A new report by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) examines migration and security trends in the easternmost sector of the US-Mexicoborder, noting that the Zetas‘ traditional hold in this area may be weakening.

The six-page report, written by senior associates Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer, is based on an approximately week-long trip to the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo sectors of the US-Mexico border in November 2011. The authors visited three cities in Texas — Laredo, McAllen, and Brownsville — and one city in Mexico, Matamoros.

Among the report’s findings is that US law enforcement authorities say that the Zetas’ power in the area is ebbing slightly. The Zetas’ traditional stronghold is in three Mexican states that border Texas: Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas. The report states that part of the group’s decline is due to internal divisions, an apparent reference tofactions that have reportedly turned against the group’s surviving top leader, Miguel Treviño Morales, alias “Z-40.” The report also notes that increased drug seizures along the border may also be a sign that the Zetas’ control over drug smuggling routes has been weakened, and that “different groups” may now be attempting to move drug shipments into the US via these routes.

Laredo and Rio Grande ValleyThese increased drug seizures are one indication that drug trafficking has increased in both the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo sectors, with US agents noting increased seizures of heroin, marijuana, and a new substance: liquid methamphetamine.

While the continued weakening of the Zetas would likely lead to increased violence in this region, should a power vacuum in the criminal underworld emerge, so far there is no sign of any “spillover” violence in the US, the report adds.

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One reason for the Zetas’ weakening hold in this region of the US-Mexico border is likely the group’s drawn-out war with the Sinaloa CartelThe two organizations are fighting for control of Nuevo Laredo, which as WOLA points out is the busiest land port in the US, with some 7,000 trucks crossing daily in and out of Mexico. This commercial activity has made the “plaza” extremely valuable to drug trafficking organizations. Not only are the Zetas fighting the Sinaloans in Laredo, they are also clashing in the central state of Durango. This conflict, along with the aftermath of the death of Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano, alias “Z-3,” in October, has put the Zetas in a much more vulnerable position.

The WOLA report also raises the question of how the Zetas’ decline in this border region will affect migration dynamics. The Zetas are known for charging a tax, or a “piso,” on smugglers who move migrants through their territory, killing, kidnapping and even forcibly recruiting the migrants who do not pay up. The WOLA report notes that greater numbers of Central American migrants are attempting to move through Zetas’ territory, the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, into the Rio Grande Valley in the US. While Tamaulipas has witnessed brutal acts of violence against migrants, including the slaughter of 72 migrants in August 2010, the state remains a popular crossing point as it is the shortest distance between the US-Mexico border and Central America.

As dangerous as the Zetas made Tamaulipas for migrants, it’s possible that the Zetas’ decline could make migrants even more vulnerable. As InSight Crime previously documented in a three-part report on the dangers facing migrants, the Zetas are not the only organization who pose a threat to those moving northwards from Central America. The Zetas typically contract street gangs to harass, rob, and even kidnap migrants as they move along their route. With the Zetas weakening, this could possibly empower street gangs to prey on migrants even more aggressively, in order to keep the money extorted from migrants for themselves. If the Zetas continue to lose power and influence along the US-Mexico border, it will likely make migrants’ journey even more dangerous and unpredictable.

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