Nicaraguan Army and National Police seize large amounts of cocaine during ‘Operación Bastón’

Nicaraguan Army and National Police seize large amounts of cocaine during ‘Operación Bastón’

first_img Nicaraguan police and military forces have seized more than 900 kilos of cocaine in four separate drug operations in Rivas province, on the country’s west coast near the border with Costa Rica. “These successes are largely due to the professionalism and stability of the Nicaraguan Army and the Nicaraguan National Police,” said Paul Chavez, a security analyst at the University of the Light of Costa Rica. National Police agents and Security forces seized 452 kilos of cocaine in one operation, on July 17, according to El Nuevo Diario. The confiscation, in the city of San Juan del Sur, is the biggest single drug seizure in Nicaragua so far in 2014. In that operation, Nicaraguan police and Army soldiers arrested Antonio Ocon Silva, 46, who was allegedly driving a commercial truck loaded with bricks made of mud. Inside the truck, authorities found nearly 399 large packets filled with cocaine, according to the National Police website. Security forces captured Ocon Silva at an Army checkpoint in Nacascolo. He was acting suspiciously, so authorities searched the truck, and found the packets. The contents of the packets tested positive for cocaine, according to La Prensa. Earlier in July, Army soldiers and National Police agents collaborated on three other significant cocaine seizures in Riva province, which occurred on July 3, July 8, and July 16. Security forces seized a total of 461 kilos of cocaine in those operations, which also led the arrests of four adult male suspects, according to El Nuevo Diario. Three of the men are Nicaraguan, and one is from Costa Rica. The joint anti-drug operation is known as Operación Bastón. Security forces made one of the seizures at the Nicaragua-Costa Rica Peñas Blancas border crossing. The Peñas Blancas border crossing is the only land link between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Authorities have made several large cocaine seizures at the checkpoint in recent years. For example, in early 2012, Costa Rican authorities seized four tons of cocaine at the border crossing, according to insightcrime.org. The recent joint operations by Nicaraguan police and military are part of an effort by Nicaraguan authorities to stop drug shipments before they reach Costa Rica. Nicaraguan authorities have stepped up the fight against drugs in targeted border areas and in rural regions, Col. Alberto Larios, leader of the Fourth Army Regional Military Command, told La Prensa. Nicaraguan security forces are using checkpoints to check the contents of vehicles. The operatives in Nicaragua will work out if they are monitored by the South Command. The Armed Forces of Nicaragua have a great political infiltration and know where the politicians are hiding. There’s corruption but we hope for results only if they continue. They are a dissuasive factor. Stop talking none sense. The army and the police of Nicaragua are an example for the other nations in Central, South and North America. The Nicaraguan Army and the police make Nicaragua and Latin America proud for making us the most safe country in Central America and even in Latin America. It is not infiltrated by drug traffickers or corrupted people. Tell me what country can say this proudly. Back up your comments; even countries from all of Latin America come here to study the pro-citizen model of the National Police. We don’t need the authorization or monitoring of ANYONE, with the results that we have, come and walk in our streets without fear of being kidnapped or killed…. It’s good that the police acts when they’re supposed to. I think it’d be better to legalize it! both soft and hard drugs in order to stop contributing with drug trafficking, because if they start seizing it, the price of coke goes up and then you’re actually helping the heavy narcs to sustain their business and the only thing the police does is capture a bunch of addicts and put them in jail. Now, to those that read this comment and for the people on the site, let me ask you this: How much does it cost to the government to provide for an inmate yearly? How much does the government expend paying Dantos? Because it’s expensive!!! The answer my people is thousands and thousands of cordobas that come from the taxpayer’s money. Yes, I mean any person that pays for utilities such as water and energy and a part of that money goes to the prisons to support the addicts. Now, I wonder myself why don’t they start rehab clinics. It’d be a better way to invest the money of taxpayers and it would also help to stop government corruption. This is what happens when a country has efficient security agents. I want it to workPlease. I like all of you, so what? I will only remind you that the narco corridor is within the entire isthmus and if Nicaragua seizes or confiscates drugs and captures the drug traffickers is, as you mentioned, due to the professionalism of the Nicaraguan authorities. How is it our fault that the neighboring countries in the South and North are not obtaining the same results? You’re a doing a superb job and I want to be part of the army. I’m 22 years old and would like to be someone important in this country. Congratulations to our armed forces and to our national unity government for the work done in favor of society from a terrible evil like drugs are and all that they represent. This authority model should exist in all Latin American countries in order to destroy drug trafficking, which is destroying mankind. Life is a box full of surprises in which if you don’t have Christ in your heart, you are nothing. Those are very important news for the country. The army of Nicaragua is a role model for the other armies in the region with their moral and ethical principles. My regards to these men and women for the work they do. We learn a lot of things. It’s excellent that Nicaragua controls its country and that they respect the law regarding zero tolerance with drug trafficking. It’s good and I hope the police keeps it up and that they never give up until their country is free of crimes and gangs. And my respects to all of those that claim zero tolerance towards drug trafficking. I hope that the U.S. makes an effort to work together hand in hand to achieve a land free of all these evil epidemics. It’s time for the countries to say stop to the narcs “out out out” and specially with the law, which should be firm, very firm, because all they do is destroy humanity!!! And may God bless you and my beautiful Nicaragua. Regards, Jz. I’m glad that drug trafficking continues falling down and congratulations to the cops that caught them. It’s very good that the police and the army are doing these operations, it gives prestige and confidence to the population. Drugs are a problem for uneducated military members who have no values in Latin America and any citizen of the world It’s good, they’re directly addressing the scourge which intends to put an end to many countries. I congratulate the Nicaraguan army and national police force. They have a country free of drug trafficking, organized crime, extortion. Keep on taking care of your country, this is a guarantee for Peace. I know Nicaragua and I can vouch for the police and the army working together to prevent crime and the people routinely report crimes and that is very good. Amazingly, I left Nicaragua with a very good impression of the Nicaraguan people. Regards from Guatemala. This is for people to see that Nicaraguans are serious and responsible people It’s good that drugs will be eliminated. That way I’ll get my friend back. Report on all events and tell the whole truth To state that 80% of the drugs that go to the United States pass through Nicaragua is the biggest lie. The United States would be in trouble because the consumers in that country would be out marching and protesting, on the other hand how much of that 80% has been seized in the United States.The Nicaraguan Government has taken drug control very seriously, from shipping to drug use. What role do Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States itself play and what do they do with the submarines and the drones that some countries have.We know that the main consumers are the people of the United States, they must be unable to ship it, how many gringos are in jail because of use or for selling or is that it’s part of the free market in the United States. I am interested in all the information against drug trafficking to be able to work in benefit of my country, Argentina, in the desperate battle against this scourge which is unleashed by the people and which is faced with the government’s and the authorities’ passivity which Why aren’t those who finance this purchase and who are sheltered and protected by the laws put in jail? In other words, if the buyers die the others won’t be able to sell to anyone, don’t chase the small fish, catch the big hogs who live in the big cities well protected by the laws or by little lawyers, accomplices in this evil which seems to never have an ed and pay the poor people, those in need who are innocent in this case. The large drug seizures are important successes for the Nicaraguan police and military, said Paul Chavez, said. “The Army is working very hard with the police,” he said. “This is resulting in an increase in drug seizures and arrests of people linked to organized crime groups.” The professionalism of the police and Armed Forces makes it difficult for drug traffickers to operate in Nicaragua, Chavez said. “They have a high chance of being caught by security forces, or of having large amounts of their drugs seized.” Stepping up drug enforcement in border areas Cooperation against drug trafficking A key transshipment point More than 80 percent of the cocaine which drug traffickers transport into the United States every year goes through Nicaragua, according to U.S. government Narcotics Control Strategy Report. “Nicaragua remains a major transit route for cocaine flowing from South America to the United States,” the report stated. “The United States estimated that approximately 86 percent of the cocaine trafficked to the United States in the first half of 2013 first transited through the Mexico/Central America corridor.” Nicaraguan police and Armed Forces conducted several counter-narcotics operations in 2013, mostly along the coasts and in the northern and autonomous regions, the report said. By Dialogo August 25, 2014 Nicaragua and the U.S. are cooperating in the fight against drug trafficking. For example, in 2012, Nicaraguan and U.S. authorities cooperated in an operation at sea which led to the seizure of 1,179 kilograms of cocaine, which had an estimated wholesale value of $32.5 million (USD). The Nicaraguan Navy deployed two vessels to aid the U.S. Coast guard in the recovery of contraband that drug traffickers were transporting on a go-fast boat. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Valiant had been patrolling in the Caribbean Sea when it spotted and pursued the suspicious boat. The Valiant fired warning shots, which the operators of the boat ignored. A helicopter which was supporting the Valiant fired a shot which disabled the boat. The seizure was part of Operación Martillo, a joint anti-drug effort between security forces from more than a dozen Latin American countries, including all seven Central American nations, several European countries, and the United States. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. Professionalism leads to success: analystlast_img

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