Henry de Jesús López, 41 years old, was captured Tuesday near Buenos Aires in an operation that involved Argentina’s intelligence service working alongside the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Colombia’s national police, officials said.
Mr. López’s stays in Venezuela and Argentina fit into a trend in which Colombian drug lords are setting up shop in neighboring countries to escape the pressure of Colombian security forces, which have a strong track record in fighting the country’s top drug cartels. Venezuelan police in September arrested Daniel Barrera, another alleged top Colombian drug trafficker who had been living in Venezuela for years.
Some Colombian cartels are now sending their cocaine shipments first to countries such as Argentina or Brazil before moving them to the U.S. or Europe, police say.
Anailin de la Rua de la Torre and Javier Nunez Florian, the 20-year-old Cuban-born actors, were flown from Cuba to the United States on Wednesday and were supposed to make their way to New York on Friday in order to promote the film. But instead, the pair stayed in Miami, according to 20-year-old Dariel Arrechada, the third star of the film who traveled with them.
Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM) (NEM)’s suspended $4.8 billion gold mine in Peru will be subject to “new conditions” that include the creation of 10,000 local jobs and a fourfold increase in reservoir capacity at the site to gain approval, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala said.
The company must pledge not to dry up highland lakes and invest in schools, irrigation canals and drinking water infrastructure in Cajamarca, a farming region in the northern Andes, Humala said in a speech broadcast yesterday on national television and radio.
Peru suspended the project and commissioned a review after Andean farmers, concerned that the project would dry up water supplies, blocked roads and destroyed Newmont installations in November. The project, which has cost $800 million to date, will cost more to build because of the recommendations of the review, Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar said April 18.
Bolivia is the world’s third biggest cocaine producer, and the main supplier to Brazil.
The deal was signed after months of negotiations and repeated delays as Bolivia sought changes to the document.
Bolivian Interior Minister Wilfredo Chavez said Bolivia had insisted on respect for its sovereignty as well as for the traditional consumption of coca leaf, which is used for medicinal and ritual purposes.
Reminds me of one of my relatives, who died of alcoholism, and used to say “it’s for purely medicinal purposes” as he swigged down from a flask.
Otherwise, the cartels could be expanding their operations as most successful businesses tend to do. Control of transportation networks, especially ports, is critical for business because maritime shipping accounts for the majority of illegal trade worldwide.
The significance for Guatemala is notable. The Central American country has long been a transit corridor for cocaine from South America into Mexico, but it is now becoming a drug producer — even if all the precursor chemicals found there are not immediately contributing to the drug trade. Without U.S. or Mexican assistance, the Guatemalan government will be unable to control any increased production of methamphetamine — or the violence, corruption and increased use that will accompany it.
Border: The helicopter crash Friday that killed Mexico’s top Cabinet official, Jose Francisco Blake, couldn’t have come at a worse time. Cartels are acquiring heavy arms to challenge the state and to move their war to the U.S.
In Mexico, Blake, the Interior Secretary, was the best hope of winning the war against the vicious cartels, who’ve killed as many as 86,000 people.
Blake, 45, had managed to crush the cartels and cut crime in his native Tijuana before he was asked to do the same for the country in the top Cabinet job in 2010.
He had some success — five of the top seven cartel capos were knocked off by the end of his watch.
But he’s the second interior secretary killed in a helicopter crash since 2008, and that leaves a great sense of uneasiness. Mexico’s currency fell on news of his death, the cause of which is still undetermined.