Mexico: Army seizes about 13 tons of marijuana

first_img Colombia: Army destroys six cocaine laboratories By Dialogo November 03, 2010 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Bachata singer Jimmy Bauer was detained after attempting to board a flight at a Dominican Republic airport bound for the United States on Nov. 1, officials said. Bauer, whose real name is Jaime Vargas, became ill at the city’s international airport when a couple of pellets of cocaine he had swallowed are suspected of rupturing, Ramón Alcides Rodríguez, spokesman of the country’s drug control agency, said, according to The Associated Press. Bauer was stopped during the boarding practice because he was “acting strange,” and an X-ray of his abdomen showed dozens of capsules in his stomach, Rodríguez said. Bauer was taken to the hospital, where 88 capsules of cocaine were allegedly discovered in his stomach, Rodríguez said, adding two of them had burst. Bauer’s medical status wasn’t immediately available. He’s being guarded by three officers from the counter-narcotics agency. TIJUANA, Mexico – The Mexican army said it has confiscated about 13 tons of marijuana in the border city on Nov. 1, close to where authorities seized a record 134 tons of the narcotic about two weeks ago. The seizure was made near a rehabilitation center where gunmen fatally shot 13 recovering addicts on Oct. 24, an army spokesman said, according to The Associated Press. Officials said the shootings at the rehabilitation center could be linked to the record bust and may have involved suspected members of the Sinaloa drug cartel, whose massive amount of marijuana was seized on Oct. 18. More than 28,000 have been killed in drug-related attacks nationwide since 2006, according to government data. Dominican Republic: Bachata singer Jimmy Bauer detained on drug charges Argentine, Chilean officials make major marijuana bust The marijuana, which had a street value of US$2 million, was found hidden in a truck’s tires, according to the Chilean website Emol.com. The bust culminated a two-month operation in which authorities arrested three in Chile and five in Argentina. The seizure was made at Paso Los Libertadores, an Andean mountain pass connecting the two nations, according to the Argentine website Elsolonline.com. Peru: Police capture suspected Shining Path’s Leader BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Army troops have dismantled six cocaine laboratories suspected of belonging to organized crime groups this past weekend in the departments of Chocó, Nariño and Putumayo, officials said. The first raid in the municipality of Linares, department of Nariño, ended with the destruction of three laboratories suspected of belonging to the criminal gang Los Rastrojos. The military also eradicated 455 gallons of coca leaves, 170 gallons of sulfuric acid, 120 gallons of gasoline, 332 kilograms of chopped coca leaf and 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of ammonium sulfate, according to the Colombian website Caracol Radio.com. The second raid in the municipality of Puerto Asís, department of Putumayo, occurred at a facility suspected of belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 48th front. Soldiers discovered 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of coca leaves, 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cement, three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of baking soda, 100 gallons of gasoline, two storage tanks, seven plastic containers, a metal press and a scale. In the municipality of Medio Atrato in the department of Chocó, the military raided a laboratory suspected of belonging to the FARC’s 57th front that contained plenty of materials used to produce cocaine, including 250 gallons of gasoline and 13 kilograms (28.6 pounds) of caustic soda, according to the Colombian website El Espectador.com. In the municipality of Orito, department of Putumayo, the army dismantled a complex allegedly belonging to an unidentified group of narcotics traffickers. Soldiers seized 120 kilograms (264 pounds) of coca leaves, several bins and a metal press. LIMA, Peru – Julio Váldez Loya, a suspected leader of the Shining Path, was apprehended this past weekend in the Upper Huallaga Valley, where he allegedly served on the terrorist group’s regional committee, Fernando Barrios, the country’s interior minister, said. Váldez, who goes by the alias “Comrade Franklin,” is the third suspected Shining Path member taken into custody in less than a month, Barrios said, according to the Peruvian website Peru21.pe. Barrios said Váldez was “one of the bloodiest” members of the terrorist group, and his arrest “certifies that the government has emphasized the fight against narco-terrorism,” according to the Peruvian website La Republica.com. TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Five gunmen broke into a military base at the La Mesa International Airport in San Pedro Sula on Nov. 1 and stole a twin-engine plane that officials confiscated during a counter-narcotics operation last year. The gunmen assaulted three security guards stationed at the entrance gate before proceeding to the military hangar near a runway. The men started the plane and soared away toward an unknown destination, Security Minister Oscar Álvarez said. The military had been given possession of the plane while the government decided whether to give it to a state agency, Álvarez said, according to The Associated Press. “It was really a temptation for organized crime or drug traffickers to have the plane there,” said Álvarez, adding the gunmen’s identities are unknown. The theft occurred at around 3 a.m., and military officials immediately launched an investigation into the crime. The base commander has been suspended indefinitely, Armando Calidonio, the vice minister of security, said. “We are fighting a struggle against organized crime and drug trafficking,” Álvarez said, according to the AP. SANTIAGO, Chile – An initiative involving Argentine and Chilean law enforcement officials seized 271 kilograms (596 pounds) of marijuana, a major blow to a network moving the narcotic across the two nations. Gunmen steal plane from Honduran military baselast_img read more