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A MINUSTAH Mission Evaluation: UN Peacekeeper Abuse

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire In March 2017 the United Nations Secretary-General advised MINUSTAH, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti, that their numbers will be reduced from approximately five thousand personnel.

Drug Smuggling Assaults

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire On Wednesday April 12, 2017 US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and Air & Marine Operations (AMO), seized 1,320 pounds or 600 kilos of cocaine.

Policing Priorities

Lamond Johnson   By Ricardo Swire Success of the Bahamas’ internal security stability effort is at a critical stage, general elections officially scheduled for Wednesday May 10th 2017.

Trans-Shipment Point

By Ricardo Swire The Co-operative Republic of Guyana is a signatory to the international Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs pact, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances agreement and the Convention against Trafficking of Drugs & Psychotropic Substances treaty. The Anti-Money Laundering & Counter Financing of Terrorism Acts also bear official signatures from Georgetown.

The Ethereal Texis Cartel

AFP photo   By Ricardo Swire As the War on Drugs reverberates around the region several Mexican drug cartels have expanded their smuggling routes, establishing new markets in Central America.

Airborne Cocaine

By Ricardo Swire Several factors make trans-Atlantic air routes attractive to Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs). In the 1970s and ’80s drug plane pilots navigated unimpeded between Colombia and staging areas near the US border.

Fugitive Government Officials

By Ricardo Swire On March 27, 2017 senior American Federal Agents intercepted and detained Edgar Veytia, the Attorney-General of Nayarit state in Mexico, while he attempted to enter the U.S. to visit relatives via one of three official Otay Mesa border crossings in San Diego, California.

The Caribbean’s Specially Designated Global Terrorist

By Ricardo Swire The United States’ Executive Order 13224 Section 1(b) describes Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) designation that targets terrorists and anyone providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

2017 Caribbean Watch List

By Ricardo Swire International documentation continues to highlight the seriousness of money laundering and drugs trafficking in Caribbean territories, a March 2017 US State Department Report focusing on the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis’ susceptibility to “corruption and money laundering.”

The Bahamas’ Mixed Signals

Ahvia J Campbell   By Ricardo Swire Caribbean archipelago the Bahamas’ approximately 388,000 residents abhorred news of seven dead in the capital Nassau, during a single February 2017 weekend.

Las Moicas

Reuters photo   By Ricardo Swire Las Moicas is a powerful, invisible, drug trafficking entity headquartered in Michoacán state on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Members primarily cook Methamphetamine and Heroin, then hide the drugs in either vehicle engine or transmission parts, smuggled across Mexico’s border with America.

Complex Internal Security

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire An official report from the Republic of Haiti’s National Police (HNP) Deputy Commissioner informed that on Monday March 20, 2017 at approximately 2:00pm rocks were thrown and gunshots fired at the ex-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide‘s motorcade, as it approached a downtown Port-au-Prince intersection.

Protectors or Perpetrators?

AP photo   By Ricardo Swire Historically law enforcement in Venezuela has been bloody and heavy handed. A brutal response during 1989’s “Caracazo” symbolized failure of the old internal security apparatus.

Jamaica introduces ‘Bullettrax’

Alexander Richter   By Ricardo Swire More than 70% of Jamaica’s murders involve either illegally imported guns or ammunition. Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security recently introduced BULLETTRAX to improve forensic ballistic technology used by local security agencies, especially the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Caribbean Gunmanship

PSK photo   By Ricardo Swire Over the past five years Caribbean crime patterns displayed a surge in gun crimes, especially the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis.

Fraud Masters

By Ricardo Swire On March 7, 2017 Republic of Guyana Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) detectives detained the country’s ex-President of twelve years, Bharrat Jagdeo, along with the daughter of another past President, Donald Ramotar and Dr Roger Luncheon, a former Presidential Secretariat boss was also among detainees, implicated in a high level investigation of fraudulently obtained […]

The lucrative Caribbean sea route

By Ricardo Swire Navigating the Caribbean Sea section of the Atlantic Ocean is a specialist skill. On the night of March 3, 2017 a St Vincent & the Grenadines flagged, 145 feet, inter-island schooner sank in Grenada’s territorial waters eight miles offshore.

Updated Kingpin List

DEA photo   By Ricardo Swire The Kingpin List is a key United States Treasury Department tool, used to help infiltrate and dismantle invisible multi-million dollar foreign criminal syndicates.

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.

Mirror Trading – Money Laundering

By Ricardo Swire As a money laundering countermeasure, especially against ingenuity developed by drug traffickers and terrorists, banks mandated employees to submit Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) on all irregular transactions. Not long ago select mega banks, represented by “The Clearing House (TCH),” officially requested changes to industry rules. TCH’s operation as a finance group offers […]

Public Security and Safety

Wilton Junior   By Ricardo Swire Public security is a complex medium. Internal security professionals face modern safety threats that go far beyond the traditional military sphere.

Classic Money Laundering

ANP photo   By Ricardo Swire Rabobank N.A is one of the Netherlands’ largest financial institutions. Fiscal specialists allocate a “Triple A” rating to the influential entity in Europe, the Bank’s assets worth more than US$550 billion.

Citizenship by Investment Program security challenges

By Ricardo Swire Another Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Program’s (CIP) participant is front and center in clandestine activity. The spotlight is focused on Xiao Jianhua, a 45 year old Chinese male billionaire, who is a Canadian citizen with a legitimate Antigua & Barbuda diplomatic passport.

The Weapons Wizard

By Ricardo Swire Mainstream media reports usually expound about superpowers America and Russia’s warfare engagements on various offshore fronts, the USA able to deploy 1,400,000 Active Military Personnel to match Russia’s 766,055 of a similar status soldier.

Political Masks

Dieu Nalio Chery/AP   By Ricardo Swire During fourteen months of Presidential campaigning the “Banana Man” vowed to eliminate corruption and modify Haiti’s legal institutions. Public scepticism was reflected in a low 21% voter turnout for the national election on Sunday November 20th 2016.

Economic Citizenship’s Criminal Attraction

By Ricardo Swire A quick legit passport, through an Economic Citizenship Program (ECP) or Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP), can set an interested person back six figures.

T&T President’s Death Warning

HR photo   By Ricardo Swire On Sunday January 15, 2017 at 11:00am, Trinidad & Tobago Police Service’s (TTPS) Command Center received a death threat against the country’s President, Anthony Carmona.

Stealing Tax Cash

By Ricardo Swire Two Caribbean islands are in the spotlight of a £100 million international law enforcement investigation. Antigua & Barbuda and the Federation of St Kitts & Nevis join India, Pakistan and United Arab Emirates, as issuant of high value contracts to a wanted UK businessman, Peter Singh Virdee. The property magnate and chairman […]

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.