Drug Trade

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 06:55
Argentina approved the extradition of top Colombian drug lord "Mi Sangre" to the United States, creating speculation as to what information he may offer US drug officials and why he is not first being sent to his home country of Colombia
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 07:25
Colombia seized eight metric tons of cocaine from the Urabeños criminal band, but the biggest drug bust in years speaks as much to the shortcomings of one the country's biggest security operations as it does to the effectiveness of its anti-narcotics efforts.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 06:17
A Mexican judge has ruled that the country’s most notorious drug lord, Joaquín Guzmán Loera, can be extradited to the United States, where he would face federal charges of drug trafficking and far slimmer chances of escaping prison, as he has done twice in his home country.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 06:51
The Salvadoran Navy's Task Force Trident is dismantling narco-trafficking organizations operating in the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean, thanks to the intensive training of its members and the support of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 06:55
"Mexico has not had a political or security structure that limits, or breaks down criminal organizations," says Guillermo Valdés, former head of the Mexican intelligence service, who says the state has instead implemented a "schizophrenic policy" that mixes periodic crackdowns with tolerance.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 06:04
A recent report on poppy in Mexico's Guerrero state highlights both the economic benefits and violent repercussions the plant's cultivation -- necessary for producing heroin -- brings to local farming communities.
Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 06:44
But unlike in previous years, there will be no serious efforts to eradicate the opium crop in Helmand, because of a combination of Taliban advances and out-of-control corruption, with both sides battling over the drug trade.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 06:00
Offshore companies offer nearly impenetrable anonymity for their true owners. It is little surprise, then, that scattered among the harmless-sounding companies registered in places like the Seychelles, the British Virgin Islands and Panama are entities used by drug traffickers, their relatives and their intermediaries.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 06:16
A total of 1,054 kilos of cocaine were seized in two operations in the southwestern Colombian province of Nariño, the navy said. Military personnel found a semi-submersible vessel in Sanquianga National Park that was being used by drug traffickers to smuggle cocaine, the navy said in a statement.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 06:36
Drones (also called unmanned aerial vehicles or systems—UAVs or UAS) are becoming more common along the US-Mexico border as Mexican cartel assets. While typically considered a tool for smuggling [1], they are increasingly seen as having application for other purposes including espionage, surveillance, and as weapons.