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Two American criminals netted in Bocas Migration sweep

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Posted 19/12/2019

Two Americans with criminal records in their country of origin were picked up by Migration authorities during an operation in Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro on Thursday, December 18

Migration reported that during the sweep they checked 344 foreigners, most of them from the Netherlands, Argentina, Costa Rica and Colombia. Of this group, eight were transferred to the base to “extend the verification” with the biometric machines.

In this operation, carried out on public roads, with checkpoints, and in restaurants and bars, Members of the National Border Service, National Air Service and the National Police also participated in the operation at roadside checkpoints and in bars and restaurants.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/two-american-criminals-netted-in-bocas-migration-sweep

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There must be much more to the story than this.  Americans with criminal records can travel to Panama.  It is much harder to obtain legal residency in Panama with a criminal record.  I think this may be more about overstaying a tourist visa than being a fugitive of some sort.

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