Illegal drug trade

“El chapo” cartel chief finally arrested

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After eluding capture for more than a dozen years, the legendary boss of one of the world’s most powerful and deadly drug trafficking operations was nabbed in a surprise raid on a seaside hotel-condominium tower in a bustling Mexican beach resort, authorities said.

"El Chapo" Guzmán
“El Chapo” Guzmán

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who infamously escaped in 2001 from a high-security prison in a laundry cart, was arrested early Saturday in Mazatlan without a single shot being fired, authorities said.

A U.S. law enforcement official said that Guzman, accompanied by a female, was captured in a joint operation of Mexican marines and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents that was in the works for four or five weeks.

The pressure on Guzman’s organization, the Sinaloa cartel, had been mounting for months, with Mexican authorities killing or capturing several of its most brutal lieutenants, a U.S. law enforcement official said.

Family of eight murdered in Ciudad Juarez

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Eight members of a family were found dead in their house located in the mexican city of Ciudad Juarez in the border with the United States.

According to police officials, there are three minors amongst the vitctims who were stabbed, not shot as local media reported.

Ciudad Juarez, which frontiers “El Paso”, a popular location for migrants to cross the border, has experienced a violence increase related to drug dealing networks since 2008, but homicides have reduced in number this year.

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Bolivian authorities find $2 million USD worth of cocaine

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Bolivian police have seized a massive stash of cocaine diluted inside hundreds of wine bottles, state media reported Thursday. Authorities believe the $2 million worth of diluted and solid cocaine is tied to a drug trafficking organization that made shipments to Italy.

Police said they arrested a Brazilian suspect in a raid in a residential neighborhood in the city of Santa Cruz. The man tried to kill himself with a pocket knife when authorities cornered him, according to ABI.

“They were diluting it and putting it in bottles that they were going to put wine labels on,” Marco Centellas, head of Bolivia’s special forces to combat drug trafficking, told the state news agency.

 

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Singapore drug mule spared from death sentence

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A Malaysian man convicted of drug trafficking has had his death sentence commuted in Singapore – the first case of its kind after legal reforms. Yong Vui Kong was given the death penalty in 2009 for bringing 47 grams of heroin into the city-state.

Under Singapore law, trafficking more than 15 grams of heroin brings a mandatory death sentence. But reforms that came into effect this year gave judges discretion on certain cases.

Those convicted of drug trafficking can have their sentences commuted if they aid police and acted merely as couriers, according to the latest changes.

Yong Vui Kong’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment and 15 strokes of the cane.

Yong, from Malaysia’s Sabah state, was arrested in 2007 when he was 19. He was sentenced to hang in 2008, but appealed to overturn the decision at least three times.

This not the first time that the city-state has commuted a death sentence. At least four others on death row saw their sentences commuted this year, reports say.

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Drug smuggler may recieve death penalty in Indonesia

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A woman from Brittain is facing the death penalty for introducing 1.4 kilograms of cristal meth into Indonesia.

A woman identified as Andrea Waldeck, 43, from Great Britain was arrested for possesion in her hotel room in Surabaya, Indonesia, last April, and will be judged on November 25th.

She told the court she was forced to bring the drugs from China.

The woman used to be a police officer in Gloucestershire, Great Britain, and left the force in February 2012.

Indonesian law has one of the toughest consequences when it comes to drug dealing and distribution, and practices death sentences.

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Drug baron caught in Spain

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The notorious leader of one of Colombia’s most violent drug gangs has been arrested in Spain: Cipriam Manuel Palencia Gonzalez, the head of the Urabenos gang, is wanted for a string of crimes including the murder of a police officer in Colombia.

He was detained in Madrid on Friday while planning new drug routes to Spain, according to police.

Gonzalez, 34, broke out of jail in Colombia in 2009 and was wounded in a police raid there earlier this year. Six members of the gang were detained in the raid and a police captain was killed. Colombia police allege Mr Gonzalez then hatched a plot to kill more police.

He escaped, travelling first to Venezuela and then to Brazil before flying to Madrid in recent days under an assumed name, a police statement said.

Colombian authorities have reportedly linked his gang to 52 murders.

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Linked to 79 murders, “not the worst”

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Mexico is one of the countries that has the biggest drug dealing network in the world. By having it in the country, trouble is sure to be found. So is the case of Juan Pablo Vazquez of only 20 years old who is charged by the authorities for being linked to 79 murders in the north of the country. Vazques was caught with 35 “baggies” of weed and 22 packets of cocaine last October near Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He confesed 45 of the murders and is directly linked to another 34.

The shocking part of this news is that the local police know that he “is not the worst”. There are many other murderers that have killed more people, more brutally and with a younger age, some ranging from 14 to 18.

National plans are in effect to fight against these law-breaking citizens that have been terrorizing the country for many decades.

 

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