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Posts Tagged ‘drug trafficking’

Operation Stonegarden

EFE photo   By Ricardo Swire On Tuesday February 21, 2017 an intelligence driven Operation Stonegarden law enforcement mission, conducted by Puerto Rico Police’s Joint Forces for Rapid Action or FURA, intercepted 1,522 pounds of cocaine worth US$19.3 million.

Combating Israel’s Drug Trafficking Underworld

Jim Greenhill   By Ricardo Swire Medinat Yisra’el, or State of Israel, is located in the Mediterranean Sea’s eastern end. The government operates from Jerusalem, the self-proclaimed capital, its status as Israel’s official city not widely recognized internationally.

A Declassified American CIA File

Saul Loeb/AFP   By Ricardo Swire A recently declassified American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) document called “The Bahamas: Likely Reactions to a US Drug Indictment,” cataloged potential diplomatic damage that would have resulted from outlawing the 1969 to 1992 Bahamas Prime Minister Lynden Pindling on drug charges. Investigators found US$3 million more than the senior […]

Dominican Republic’s Drug Trafficking Distinction

Ricardo Rojas/Reuters   By Ricardo Swire Caribbean tourists of mixed nationalities are transported by planes and ships that frequently come and go, a perfect camouflage for transnational traffickers.

Marriage Of Convenience

Mohammed Jalil/EPA   By Ricardo Swire The Western Hemisphere is part of the globe that includes North and South America, accompanying islands and surrounding waters. The US State Department’s 2015 report stated South America and the Caribbean serve as areas of financial and ideological support for the Islamic State (IS), in addition to other Middle […]

Project Shadowfire

ICE photo   By Ricardo Swire On March 21st, 2016 one segment of a five week law enforcement offensive conducted across America, arrested 1,133 immigrants.

A Two Edged Sword

Orlando Sierra/AFP   By Ricardo Swire The Republic of Honduras is a hot and mountainous South American country, roughly the size of Louisiana in the USA. According to United Nations data Honduras is the most violent country in the Western Hemisphere, the mix of drugs trafficking, political instability and history contributing to a murder rate […]

Drug Traffickers

By Ricardo Swire The Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs, 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), named Jamaica as a transit point for cocaine trafficked from South America to North America and international markets.

The Third Border

By Ricardo Swire Caribbean nations’ importance as the US “third border” is often overlooked. America and Canada depend on law enforcement cooperation in illegal drug trafficking, migrant smuggling and financial crimes that threaten both foreign and regional security interests.

Redefined Drug Trafficking Routes

USCG photo   By Ricardo Swire New drug trafficking patterns indicate the reintroduction of popular 1980s Caribbean routes. Drug shipment corridors between Peru, Colombia and the US are flexible, constantly evolving in response to law enforcement interdiction efforts or varying markets.

The Caribbean Basin’s ‘Northern Triangle’

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire The Caribbean Basin extends from Florida westward along the Gulf coast, meandering south along the Mexican coast via Central America. The Basin extends eastward, across the northern coast of South America, a geopolitical region that includes the West Indies archipelago. The ongoing “Drug War” moved north from Colombia, then […]