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$60 million coke haul in Colon hits traffickers

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A thousand packages of cocaine valued at $60 million have been seized in  Cristóbal Colon. They were stuffed in 29 black sports bags in a container destined for Belgium. Eduardo Rodríguez the Special Prosecutor for Drug-Related Crimes in Colón and Guna Yala, said it was  the biggest haul in the history of the province and a heavy blow to drug traffickers
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/60-million-coke-haul-in-colon-hits-traffickers

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763 drug packages seized and 5 people arrested, including 4 Colombians, in Panama

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 15:34

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The Panamanian authorities reported today the seizure of 763 drug packages, the vast majority marijuana, and the arrest of five people, four of them Colombian citizens, in two different operations.

The Public Ministry published this Sunday on Twitter that 719 packages of marijuana and two of cocaine were found in the boat named "Que Murmuren", during a patrol of the National Aeronaval Service (Senan) in an area northeast of Isla Villa, province of Los Santos (Pacific).

According to the brief information provided so far, Senan agents intercepted the boat, described as a speedboat, finding packages with the illicit substance and that was manned by the four Colombian citizens.

Also, the Public Prosecutor's Office reported the Panamanian Border Police seized 40 packages of cocaine and 2 of marijuana in an operation in which an injured person was arrested.

In a message on Twitter, the Prosecutor said the seizure was executed by agents of the National Frontier Service (Senafront) in the province of Darién, bordering Colombia.

In addition to the illicit substances, the authorities seized "two rifles", and "a person was arrested and is still wounded," according to official information, which does not provide further details.

Panama seized at least 84.6 tons of drugs in 2017, most of them cocaine, a record number according to official data.

 

https://www.panamatoday.com/panama/763-drug-packages-seized-and-5-people-arrested-including-4-colombians-panama-7681

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46 arrested in Chiriqui anti-drug busts

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FORTY  anti-drug operations in Chiriqui  so far this year have led to the arrest  and  prosecution of  46  alleged dealers. Ninfa González, Coordinator of the Drug Prosecutor's Office in Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro, said that the raids have been carried out in conjunction with security agencies The districts with the highest incidence are David, Barú, Bugaba, Boquete, Gualaca, and Renacimiento.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/46-arrested-in-chiriqui-anti-drug-busts

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Five police officers investigated in Chiriquí for alleged cases of drugs

Five units of the National Police are investigated in the province of Chiriquí for allegedly being related to cases related to illicit substances (drugs), revealed a judicial source, who points out that four of them remain detained as a preventive precautionary measure to keep them rooted in the processes who are followed

The source specified that in four of the cases, charges for possession of illicit substance were filed, each proceeding to request preventive detention by the drug prosecutor's office of the Public Prosecutor's Office in Chiriquí.

Among the four cases that are investigated is the seizure of a second corporal of the National Aeronaval Service (SENAN), of service in Chiriquí, captured with 30 packages of illicit substance when driving a vehicle in the city of David at the height of the road Interamerican Hospital near the Rafael Hernández Hospital.

The fifth researcher is not detained because he was placed a small envelope which is presumed to be for consumption, says the source.

Another case under investigation is against an agent of the National Police who was apprehended in the district of Bugaba when he was transporting 41 packages of illicit substance and more than three thousand dollars in cash.

The authorities of the Public Prosecutor's Office also managed to seize a unit of the National Police that ordered a refrigerator where 25 packs of drugs were hidden, in this case the taxi driver who went to remove the refrigerator in a company was also arrested of transportation in David.

Another case is registered in the district of Barú, where a policeman was apprehended with several rectangular packages of alleged drugs.

The fifth researcher is not detained because he was placed a small envelope which is presumed to be for consumption, says the source.

 

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Investigan en Chiriquí a cinco policías por presuntos casos de drogas

Un agente de la Policía Nacional que fue aprehendido en el distrito de Bugaba cuando transportaba 41 paquetes de sustancia ilícita y más de tres mil dólares en efectivo.

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Cinco unidades de la Policía Nacional son investigadas en la provincia de Chiriquí por estar presuntamente  relacionados a casos vinculados a sustancias ilícitas (droga), reveló una fuente judicial, quien señala que cuatro de ellos permanecen  detenidos como medida cautelar preventiva para mantenerlos arraigados a los procesos que se les siguen.

La fuente precisó que  en cuatro de los casos se formularon cargos por  posesión de sustancia ilícita, procediendo en cada uno de ellos a solicitar la detención preventiva por la fiscalía de drogas del Ministerio Público en Chiriquí.

Dentro de los cuatro casos  que son investigados esta la aprehensión de un cabo segundo del Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN), de servicio en Chiriquí, capturado con 30 paquetes de sustancia ilícita cuando conducía un vehículo en la ciudad de David a la altura de la vía interamericana próxima al hospital Rafael Hernández.   '

El quinto investigado no está detenido porque se le ubicó un sobre pequeño el cual se presume que era para el consumo, señala la fuente.

Otro caso bajo investigación es contra un agente de la Policía Nacional que fue aprehendido en el distrito de Bugaba cuando transportaba 41 paquetes de sustancia ilícita  y más de tres mil dólares en efectivo.

Las autoridades del Ministerio Público también lograron la aprehensión de una unidad de la Policía Nacional que puso como encomienda una nevera donde estaban ocultos 25 paquetes de drogas, en este caso se detuvo también al conductor del auto taxi que fue a retirar la nevera en una empresa de transporte en David.

Otro caso se registra en el distrito de Barú, donde un policía fue aprehendido con varios paquetes rectangulares de presunta droga.

El quinto investigado no está detenido porque se le ubicó un sobre pequeño el cual se presume que era para el consumo, señala la fuente.

 

https://www.panamaamerica.com.pa/provincias/investigan-en-chiriqui-cinco-policias-por-presuntos-casos-de-drogas-1115752

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Minibus passengers – 598 cocaine packs

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Uniformed National Police at a checkpoint in Sabanitas were checking the driving license of a mini-bus driver with no visible passengers who was acting suspiciously on Saturday afternoon September 15 when he took off.

They found the bus in the parking lot of a mini-super with its abandoned passengers … 10 suitcases containing  598 packages of cocaine.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/minibus-only-passengers-598-packages-of-cocaine

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Hit the drug trade. Officials of the Drug Prosecutor's Office of Colón, @ SENANPanama @aduanaspanama seize 15 bags with alleged illicit substance inside a container from Buenaventura, Colombia. The drug was inside the Guayaquil Express ship.

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https://twitter.com/PGN_PANAMA/status/1052162999782428672

 

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Panama receives USA equipment to fight against drug trafficking

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 17:39

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The National Aeronaval Service of Panama (Senan) today received equipment worth 1.7 million dollars donated by the US Embassy to strengthen the operational capacity of this police force in the fight against drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.

The donation consisted of two Boston Whaler boats, 37 feet each, worth $ 715,397 each, and a John Deere tractor to move them, reported the press office of the US diplomatic mission in Panama.

Two vans were also delivered that will widely enable the Senan to transport their equipment, and 15 night vision devices.

The equipment was delivered to the Panamanian Minister of Security, Jonathan Del Rosario, who received them along with the former minister of the portfolio, Alexis Bethancourt, at an official ceremony held at the naval base of the Senan.

"Today, not only is the donation of the two Boston Whaler boats, but also the meaning of today's donation is an investment in our collaborative alliance," said the chief defense officer of the US Defense Cooperation Office in Panama, captain Matthew Turner.

This equipment delivery is part of the continued cooperation of the United States and Panama on security issues, said the US Embassy.

The director and deputy director of the Senan, Gilberto Méndez and Juan Pino, respectively, participated at the ceremony, the police force said on Twitter.

Méndez and a representative of the US embassy baptized one of the boats "that will help to continue the fight against drug trafficking", said the Aeronaval Service.

 

https://www.panamatoday.com/panama/panama-receives-usa-equipment-fight-against-drug-trafficking-8283

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1,315 drug packs, 3 arrests in Colombia border swoops

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Two operations by National Border Service (Senafront ) on the border with Colombia led to the seizure  of  1,315 drug packages, and the arrest of three narco-traffickers in the central Pacific region of Panama judicial and security sources reported on Saturday.

In a Twitter message, the  Anti-Drug Prosecutor’s Office said that a “vessel from Colombia”  was intercepted and 1,002 packages of drugs were seized and three men arrested, of which two of which were “injured”, in circumstances not specified in the official information.

The National Aeronaval Service (Senan) reported Saturday that its agents seized 313 packages of an “illicit substance to be determined”, which were found in a boat whose crew took flight  “when noticing the presence of Aeronavales units”

In the last year, Panama seized at least 84.6 tons of drugs, mostly cocaine, a record figure according to official data.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/1315-drug-packs-3-arrests-in-colombia-border-swoops

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Drug prosecutors douse lights of million dollar Christmas candles

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Raids on warehouses and homes in San Antonio) and Cerro Viento spoiled Christmas for drug traffickers and uncovered $1,142 million, hidden inside candles. The operation involved personnel from the  Specialized Prosecutor's Office in Drug-related Crimes and National Police agents.  First Drugs Prosecutor  Markel Mora,  said that hiding cash in candles is a new modality used by drug traffickers in Panama.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/drug-prosecutors-douse-lights-of-million-dollar-candles

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Panama Drug seizures rocket in 2018

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TWO DRUG seizures by Panama’s Aeronaval Service (Senan) on Friday, December 7  bring the total seizures so far this year to  89 which is 41 more than in 2018 according to Major Cristián Escala, head of the Special Boats Unit. Escala said that one of the recent operations was in the Balboa area, where a merchant ship was searched and packages 75 packages of presumed drug were found.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/panama-drug-seizures-rocket-in-2018

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385 drug packages seized with 2 people captured in Panama

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 12:29

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The National Police and the Attorney General's Office of Panama seized today a total of 385 drug packages in different actions and arrested 2 people allegedly linked to this drug operation. Reported an official source.

In a beach area of Veracruz, about 12 kilometers west of the capital, 6 sacks with 210 drug packages were seized and two people were arrested after trying to get rid of the bags. They were throwing the sacks from a car. The National Police (PN) said on Twitter.

The Public Ministry coordinated the confiscation of this cache.

In the Caribbean province of Colon, north of the capital, the anti-drug prosecutor's office of the Attorney General's Office and the National Anti-drug Directorate of the PN, seized 175 packages of an illicit substance not determined during the search of a residence.

In addition to the drug, in this police action, a firearm and 12bullets were confiscated.

According to information published by the MP on his Twitter, this house "was supposedly used to store illicit substances which are later introduced to ports in the province of Colon."

 

https://www.panamatoday.com/panama/385-drug-packages-seized-2-people-captured-panama-8890

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The US donates almost $5 million worth of equipment to fight drugs in Panama

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 18:05

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The United States donated a US $ 4.9 million worth hangar and military equipment to Panama on Tuesday to reinforce the fight against drug and human trafficking as well as operations to deal with emergencies on Colombia's border.

The hangar, whose construction took about a year at a cost of 2.1 million dollars, is at the base of the Aeronaval National Service (Senan) located in Metiti, a community in the Darien province, on the border with Colombia, where the official ceremony took place.

This border area is used by the transnational crime as a corridor for the migrants' traffic from all over the world and who seek to reach the United States, as well as for drugs' transfer.

The US donation includes vans, ambulances, off-road vehicles, tractors, spare parts for anti-drug boats and devices for night and thermal vision, just over $ 2.8 million worth equipment, and they were delivered to the National Border Service (Senafront) and the Anti-Drug Operations Tactical Unit (UTOA), indicated the official information.

The Minister of Public Security, Jonattan Del Rosario, assessed as "very important" the United States' donation, a country with which Panama "works closely" in the fight against drugs' scourge and human trafficking.

The United States "has recognized the great contribution made by Panama to the security not only of the country but of the region," and the donation "is complemented by what we have been doing with the Panamanian budget" within the framework of a strategy that seeks to "build capacity "to act" from the base of interagency operations," added the Minister of Security.

Del Rosario stressed that "drug's production and drug trafficking in the South of the continent continues to increase," he explained it is a challenge for Panama, which has managed the situation to the point of becoming the fourth country in the world with the most seized drugs.

"We are working very closely with the United States Government, with other neighboring countries, friends, in the fight against transnational crime, but we will always need the active collaboration of citizens" to "identify networks and dismantle them," said the Panamanian Minister.

He also stressed that "50% of intentional homicides" registered in Panama in 2018 "were directly related to drug trafficking, and this year the trend is very similar."

For his part, the US interim ambassador in Panama, Roxanne Cabral, said the donation was planned for a year and that is a further demonstration of his country's "constant commitment" to the Panamanian anti-narcotic fight and people trafficking.

The general director of the SENAN, Gilberto Mendez, said that with the hangar in Meteti it will be possible to carry out maintenance work on the aircraft without the need to take them to the Panamanian capital, and there will be "a helicopter ready to support the Senafront and the security operations."

The deputy director of the Senafront, Oriel Ortega, remarked that equipment such as "fourth generation viewers are going to help to project more capabilities in the nocturnal operations of drugs' interventions".

 

https://www.panamatoday.com/panama/us-donates-almost-5-million-worth-equipment-fight-drugs-panama-9161

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Drug lords caught in Amador raid

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Posted 13/03/2019
 
An intelligence operation involving three security institutions led to the arrest of two men on Panama ’s most wanted list and allegedly linked to drug trafficking and multiple murders in Colón.

Captured were Eduardo Macea Alonzo, alias "Marshall" and his lieutenant Jairo Garibaldo Martínez,  who have been investigated for involvement in drug crimes and their roles in 30 gang-related murders and executions since last August.

The arrests took place on the island of Naos, on the Amador Causeway, where the men had a luxury apartment  after  an exchange of fire that left a security vehicle with 30 bullet holes

Assault weapons, including AK 47s  and automatic pistols, were confiscated, along with a luxury 4x4 vehicle and more than $3,000 in cash.

President, Juan Carlos Varela said on Twitter that it was a major impact operation against organized crime.

According to Varela, agents of the National Police, the National Security Council and officials of the Attorney General's Office participated
 

https://newsroompanama.com/news/drug-lords-caught-in-amador-raid

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Amador highliving drug lords indicted

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Posted 14/03/2019
 
Three men arrested in Amador after a gun battle with security personnel were indicted for conspiracy, intentionally attempted homicide and illegal possession of firearms on Thursday, March 14.

The National Police and the Public Prosecutor's Office captured the men were wanted for kidnapping, homicide and drug trafficking.

Their kingpin Eduardo Macea Alonzo alias "Marshall" was accused of crimes against life and personal integrity, as well as crimes against collective security, possession and trafficking of arms and explosives in 2014. He was convicted of the murder of Daniel Jesús Reid García

He was arrested in the parking lots of his luxurious apartment valued at over $300,000 on Naos Island.

 

https://newsroompanama.com/news/amador-highliving-drug-lords-indicted-1

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Gang kingpin moved to island max-jail.

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Posted 15/03/2019
 
Panama’s formerly “most wanted”  gang leader kingpin and drug trafficker Eduardo Macea Alonzo, aka "Marshall" is now behind bars, on the penal island of Punta Coco.

Guarded by  National Police units he arrived in Friday, March 15  at the Albrook airport to be transferred to the top security jail by National Aeronaval Service (Senan) helicopter. the perimeter of the airport was surrounded by police.

"Marshall" wore short pants, a sleeveless shirt, sandals handcuffs, and leg irons. He is linked to multiple gangland executions and was captured on Tuesday after a shoot-out during a police operation in Amador.

"Marshall" and two other subjects at a  Thursday court hearing, were charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a crime and illegal possession of firearms.

A judge of guarantees legalized the arrest "Marshall ", and his deputies Jamil De Mera and Jairo Garibaldi.

La Critica said they were more guarded than Pablo Escobar when he was operating in Medellin.

Defense lawyers appealed the arrests and alleged that their clients’ rights were affected by the publishing of their photos before legalizing the arrest.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/gang-kingpin-moved-to-island-max-jail-1

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