Santos: Venezuela Arrests Colombian Drug Boss “Valenciano”

first_img Colombian drug boss Maximiliano Bonilla Orozco, alias “Valenciano,” for whom the United States was offering a reward of 5 million dollars, was arrested in Venezuela on November 27, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced the following day, at the start of a visit to Caracas. “I want to thank you and the authorities for yesterday’s arrest of this drug boss, alias Valenciano (…), who has caused terrible harm in our country,” Santos told Hugo Chávez at Miraflores Palace, information immediately corroborated by the Venezuelan president. Santos, who had just landed in Caracas, characterized the news as a “welcoming gift” and affirmed that it is “one more demonstration that if there is collaboration, very good results can be achieved” in the fight against drug trafficking and the guerrillas who operate on the border between the two countries. Valenciano, 39 years old, had “a series of structures dedicated to crime and drug trafficking under his command, and for that reason, he had become a very-high-value objective for us,” the Colombian president explained. According to the U.S. State Department, which offered the monetary reward for any information leading to his arrest, Bonilla “received cocaine directly from various sources in Colombia (…) and has dealt extensively with the violent Mexican drug trafficking organization, Los Zetas.” By Dialogo November 30, 2011last_img read more

Peru Aims for Record Coca Eradication in 2013

first_img Peru aims to eradicate a record 22,000 hectares (54,400 acres) of illegal coca crops in 2013, Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza announced on January 14. “The goal reflects the fact that the government of President Ollanta Humala has a strong policy to combat drug trafficking, and is proposing to exceed all historic records in this fight,” Pedraza said. For the first time ever, the new plan targets areas in the cocaine-rich Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers valley. The government says local drug traffickers work in the area along with remnants of the Maoist Shining Path group, which waged a brutal insurgency in the country in the 1980s and 1990s. Coca grows exclusively in the eastern slopes of the South American Andes mountain range. Eradication activities are also planned for the regions of Huanuco, Pasco, San Martin and Ucayali. While the United Nations says Peru is the world’s second largest producer of coca leaf after Colombia, it is the world’s top producer of cocaine, according to 2011 figures from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Peru hopes to prevent the replanting and expansion of coca-producing areas, and create and reinforce socioeconomic programs that facilitate alternative development. Peru’s DEVIDA counternarcotics agency said that authorities had eradicated 14,171 hectares of coca crops in 2012, exceeding the target of 14,000. Cocaine is produced by soaking coca leaves in ponds with kerosene, gasoline and other chemicals, including hydrochloric acid and ammonia. A solution from the leaves is then filtered, refined and crystallized. By Dialogo January 16, 2013last_img read more

Truck driver narrowly escapes fatal accident

first_img 32 Views   no discussions LocalNews Truck driver narrowly escapes fatal accident by: – May 25, 2012 The remains of the truck after rolling over the cliff. Photo credit: Robert TongeOne truck driver is counting his lucky stars having escaped what could have been a fatal accident.Randel Christopher while driving a trailer truck on Thursday morning, experienced complications and jumped off in an effort to save his life before the truck rolled over a cliff.According to police spokesman inspector John Carbon, Christopher was driving north just entering the village of Mahaut in the vicinity of the first bus stop.“He was driving a trailer truck registration number TB 957 which was not attached to a container at time when he experienced some difficulty with his brakes, he jumped out and the truck rolled over”.Christopher was at the time travelling alone and did not sustain any injuries as a result however the truck was extensively damaged.He reported the incident to the Mahaut Police Station.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more