Perú declares state of emergency to fight drug trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo September 15, 2014 The President of Perú declared a 60-day state of emergency Sept. 11 in the Amazonian districts of Mariscal Ramón Castilla and Yavari, in the Loreto Region, to allow security forces to increase their efforts to fight drug trafficking. Security forces are focusing on fighting drug trafficking in regions bordering Colombia and Brazil. The state of emergency allows security forces to conduct searches without warrants and prohibits public gatherings. The National Police and the military are cooperating to “effectively combat illegal drug trafficking” in the districts that are home to about 28,000, the Executive branch of the government said in a prepared statement said. The state of the emergency is declared in the Executive Order 057-2014-PCM. Peruvian security forces recently destroyed numerous drug laboratories in Mariscal Ramón Castilla and Yavari, where authorities plan to eradicate 3,500 hectares of coca, the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Perú is the world’s leading cocaine-producing country, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú, according to the UNODC’s annual report, “Perú: Cocaine Cultivation Monitoring 2012.” Perú is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares which are used for coca cultivation, according to the report. Peruvian, Colombian and Brazilian police have noticed in spike in narco-trafficking – specifically in shipments of drugs and precursor chemicals – along the countries’ borders. Drug trafficking groups process about 200 tons of cocaine in Perú’s Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys (VRAEM) annually, Peruvian security analyst Rubén Vargas told La República. Drug traffickers transport about 90 percent of that cocaine through the air, he said. The cocaine is then transported throughout the world, with shipments headed to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia. In recent months, Peruvian security forces dismantled 37 clandestine drug trafficking air strips in early September. Security forces blasted massive holes in the runways to prevent them from being used. Local residents build the secret airstrips and charge drug traffickers a fee, to use them, according to Peruvian police. Peruvian authorities must remain vigilant in their efforts to dismantle drug trafficking air strips, Deputy Defense Minister Iván Vega said: “We might destroy the runways, but locals financed by drug traffickers will come to put them together again so the flights continue.” From January 1 through August 31 2014, Peruvian authorities destroyed 12,721 hectares of coca plants, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Their goal is to eradicate 30,000 hectares of the crop in 2014. Ninety-three percent of coca crops in Peru are used to produce the drug, according to DEVIDA. In 2013, Peruvian security forces authorities eradicated more than 23,947 hectares which were used for coca cultivation, a significant increase from the 14,234 hectares security forces destroyed in 2012.last_img read more

FBI warns of new POS malware

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Roy UrricoAmidst the uproar over the massive government worker data breach, smaller intrusions continue to take place, such as a recent cyberattack against a restaurant chain’s credit card system that prompted the FBI to issue a warning.The announcement warned that criminal hackers are using new malicious software named after the TV character Punky Brewster, but spelled “Punkey,” to steal personal financial data. Investigators have high confidence that Punkey recently infiltrated the network of an unidentified restaurant chain. continue reading »last_img read more

Brazilian clubs battle for Mikel

first_imgRelatedPosts Stoke City manager salutes Mikel Global COVID-19 cases surpass 27m – Johns Hopkins Everton sign Brazil midfielder from Napoli Former Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, may seal a transfer deal with a South American side as another Brazilian club, Porto Alegre, have indicated interest in the combative midfielder. Porto Alegre, also known as Porto Alegre Futebol Clube, according to media reports, would slug it out with Botafogo for the signature of the former Chelsea star. Mikel terminated his contract with the Turkish club Trabzonspor in March amid the advance of the coronavirus pandemic. Porto Alegre, owned by former footballer and Ronaldinho’s brother, Roberto Assis, have to dislodge Botafogo with an improved offer. Botafogo offered Mikel a contract worth $2 million plus (N766 million) per 18 months. Check revealed that Porto Alegre, founded on June 10, 2003, has only Brazil nationality in their current squad. The club, founded as Lami Futebol Clube, won its first title same year of its formation.Tags: BrazilBrazillian ClubsJohn Obi Mikellast_img read more

PCP: Biggest playoff shocker?

first_imgBraun:I’m one of those sports fans who knows when his team has absolutely no shot at winning a series. I think I proved that last week when I picked the Cardinals to win the World Series.Somehow, both teams Bleach and I picked to win the World Series wound up winning a total of zero games in the division series. The Yankees proved the Metrodome wasn’t a magical baseball haven (sorry Bleach) and the Dodgers showed that Albert Pujols isn’t actually a machine.But the most surprising victory had to be the Dodgers over the Cardinals. Since its acquisition of Matt Holliday, St. Louis was flat out ridiculous. With the pitching tandem of Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright — both of whom are among the top choices for the Cy Young award — the Cardinals had only lost back-to-back games started by Carpenter and Wainwright only once all season.But then the Dodgers showed up, and that was the biggest surprise of the division series.Manny Ramirez hit .308 in the series and drove in a few runs, Andre Ethier and Rafael Furcal each hit .500 (6-for-12) and Los Angeles bullpen continued its dominant form from the regular season.While the Angels may have outplayed the Red Sox in the ALDS, they didn’t have to face the two best pitchers in the league and the best hitter in all of baseball. Now that they’re facing the Yankees, their chances at a ring have all but dwindled. But boy would a Freeway Series be fun.Bleach:Jonah, since the Brewers made me tear up like an 8-year-old at the dentist every time I watched them in 2009, I am not the best analyst of baseball.Still, if I’m not mistaken, didn’t the Dodgers have the best record in the entire NL?How can the most surprising team be the one with the most wins and the best team ERA?The Angels on the other hand, won merely two more games then the Red Sox and also play in the AL West, so in reality, they had a worse record.Besides, it’s the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.” They don’t even know what city they are from!Seriously though, the LAAA were going up against a team that had knocked them out of the playoffs two years in a row and had suffered through the challenges of the impossible AL East. I didn’t even think the Red Sox had to play in the ALDS anymore, I thought they were just given a pass to the next round.Since winning the World Series in 2002, the Angels have been synonymous with playoff failure. Their ace, John Lackey, had his worst season since 2004 and the face of the franchise, Vladimir Guerrero, suffered a power outage driving in only 50 RBIs with 15 home runs this season for Anaheim.There have been 100-loss Cubs teams with a better ace and star player than that.The most surprising part, though, was how the Angels swept the BoSox with relative ease. When overcoming your nemesis it should be a battle to the death (or with L.A. traffic), not like beating up on the Royals.last_img read more