The Sinaloa Cartel and other drug trafficking organizations take advantage of Central American airspace

With increased frequency, planes loaded with cocaine land and take off on makeshift runways in unpopulated or jungle regions of Central America. The Sinaloa Cartel, Los Zetas, and other transnational criminal organizations are benefiting from the region’s airspace to smuggle hundreds of kilos of drugs coming from South America to the United States. The army and security forces of Guatemala and Honduras disabled dozens of illegal runways last year. For the last two or three years in Mexico, radars given to the Armed Forces of Mexico through the Merida Initiative have been working at 100%, said Raúl Benítez Manaut, director of the Collective Security Analysis for Democracy (CASEDE). “Many aircraft that used to make the direct flight from Colombia or Venezuela to southeast Mexico can no longer do so. Aircraft loaded with hundreds of kilos of cocaine are landing in Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica,” Benítez Manaut said. The runways are a kilometer long, but recently, runways 2.5 kilometers long have been found. The planes are usually the Caravan or Cessna type, which can carry from 600 kg to one ton of cocaine. Mexico’s violent Sinaloa and Los Zetas cartels, as well as Colombian cartels, are responsible for the increasing invasion of Central America’s airspace, according to Central American authorities. Colonel Erick Escobedo, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of Guatemala, recently told BBC news that “the problem goes beyond Central America.” “The security threats have transnational effects because Mexican cartels do not respect borders, seas, or countries,” Escobedo said. The Sinaloa Cartel, led by the fugitive drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, and Los Zetas have moved 90 percent of their operations into Central America to traffic cocaine to the United States, according to the UN, The U.S. Government estimates that more than 80 percent of the main flow of cocaine trafficking to the United States first passes through the Central American corridor, according to the 2013 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) by the U.S. State Department. The report indicates that local and international drug-trafficking organizations exploit the “weak public institutions and widespread corruption in Guatemala” to move drugs, people, and cash. Through four local gangs such as Los Lorenzana and Los Mendoza, the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas are fighting over the Guatemalan region. Since last year, Guatemalan army soldiers have destroyed at least 50 illegal runways in the department of Petén, in the north of the country, one of the places with the largest concentrations of drugs on the entire isthmus. The fact that the problem extends beyond Central America and this organization cannot be stopped in spite of all technological advances is because corruption is widespread in our Administration. I agree, only the international alliance and the war against drug-trafficking will make its defeat possible. In Venezuela, breaking away from the alliance has caused the problem to sky-rocket to unimaginable magnitudes. We can state that our country has become a drug trafficking headquarters. We warned about it more than twenty years ago. By Dialogo December 27, 2013 According to the news agency AGN, the situation changed in October 2011, once the first radar in Costa Rica went into operation and narco-planes changed their flight path to Honduran airspace. The United States estimates that 87% of all illicit flights carrying cocaine from South America stop in Honduras. The region is vulnerable to drug trafficking because of its “remoteness, lack of infrastructure, and low presence of government forces.” Of the 330 tons of cocaine that entered Mexico through Guatemala in 2010, 267 tons first passed through Honduras, a country where 62 illegal airstrips were detected in 2012 alone, officials informed. In Honduras, there are more than 200 illegal runways in the region near the Atlantic Ocean, “which makes the place one of the most active drug corridors in the world.” The Sinaloa Cartel controls the movement of drugs in the region, Honduran Vice Minister of Defense, Carlos Roberto Funes, told Clarín. In December 2013, Defense Minister Marlon Pascua, said the Armed Forces of Honduras have disabled 100 irregular runways so far this year. The regions where aircraft carrying drugs have been detected include Petén, Guatemala, the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, and La Mosquita, in Honduras. This phenomenon began when Colombian cartels gave space to Mexican cartels. The irregular flow of aircraft increased in 2006 with the implementation of the Mexican security strategy of Mexican against drug cartels, said Ana Glenda Tager Rosado, Director of the International Peacebuilding Alliance (Interpeace) for Latin America. Although the majority of shipments move by land or sea, Central American countries “are feeling a greater flow of cocaine trafficking, but the cocaine trafficking is the same; the drugs have to land before continuing en route,” Benítez Manaut commented. “For years, criminal organizations have been buying rural property, using them as landing strips to be able to increase profits,” Tager Rosado said. On June 28, a Cessna type plane flying over Guatemalan territory without authorization crashed in a wooded area in the community of San Marcos, killing its occupants, five Mexicans and a Venezuelan. The aircraft had taken off from the Mexican state of Chiapas. The victims were presumably linked to the Sinaloa Cartel. Army soldiers seized approximately US$2 million from the aircraft, officials said. read more

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Shazam reveals most searched-for songs of all time

first_imgShazam has recently launched a Discovery Top 50 playlist, which shows the songs being searched for around the world. The UK chart is currently led by I Can’t Remember Love, a smoky piano ballad that features in the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Diabla!  Diabla is a strong, sweet girl, with an adorable hound bark who loves to ride in the car.  Although her pictures show her beauty, we want you to know she is extremely smart!  Diabla understands English, a little Spanish, and several hand signals.  A securely fenced yard with no loose chickens will be necessary for happy harmony in her new home. She enjoys playing with small and large dogs, and has been around indoor/outdoor cats.Diabla is a sweet girl looking for her forever family. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetChildren are wonderful, but because I am big and playful, they should be old enough to be able to handle my enthusiasm.  Diabla is a very emotionally intuitive dog, who shows great emotional support.  She is a healthy girl who eats a grain-free diet.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit Adopt-A-Pet’s website, Facebook or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected]  or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

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Fertilizer Certification from the Ohio Department of Agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is here. Step 1 – the Fertilizer Applicator law (SB 150), and Step 2 – the western lake Erie application restriction law (SB1). Both are now in effect.You have three years to get certified.If you apply fertilizer to 50 acres or more you must get certified, but you have until September 2017 to do that.If you have a Pesticide License, then you’ll get a letter from ODA telling you when to get fertilizer applicator certified. You will attend a two-hour program.If you don’t have a Pesticide License, but wish to apply fertilizer, you must get certified to apply fertilizer. You will attend a three-hour program.For the new Fertilizer Certification training website: http://NutrientEducation.osu.edu.last_img read more

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Cache 4 Coins GeoTour (GT6B)

first_imgTravel to peaceful reservoirs, surround yourself with acres of trees, enjoy tasty and artsy attractions, and take in some local history in Stark County’s Cache 4 Coins GeoTour in Ohio. Find every geocache on the tour and cash in your prize: a commemorative geocoin. Great geocaches on the GeoTour:GC6WE2F –  Oh DeerBring your kayaks and canoes along and spend time at the beautiful Deer Creek Reservoir. Catch sights of bald eagles, osprey, and migrating waterfowl along the shore, or white-tailed deer and coyote in the forested areas surrounding it. GC6X2C6 –  Put a Cork in itDid you know that Ohio is home to several vineyards? The Gervasi Vineyard is a notable winery with landscapes reminiscent of Tuscany and a restaurant inspired by Venetian cuisine and architecture. It was the 2017 USA Today Readers’ Choice winner for #1 Winery Accommodations in the nation.GC6XJOY –  Blue MonkeyThe downtown area of Canton has a lot to offer. You can’t go wrong with 22 art studios, 7 art Galleries, 5 live music venues, specialty shops, local restaurants, and an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter time. While gazing at the local art in the galleries keep an eye out for this monkey sculpture to find the cache.GC6XWTN – Touchdown!Canton is most known for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and it’s a hot spot for tourists. If you don’t have time to complete the other parts of the GeoTour, consider tackling this two-stage Multi-Cache right outside the building. “Another day of Stark County caching with the Hiking Viking. This was a scenic and fascinating park. I never would have found this spot if it wasn’t for geocaching and the Stark Parks geo-tour. Thank you for bringing me here! I hope to return again on a warmer day.”Find out more about the Cache 4 Coins GeoTour here.Note: All the above information was provided by the GeoTour host. Copy has been edited by Geocaching HQ.Share with your Friends:More This is the way GeoTour caches should be hidden. We got to see an interesting place, and the cache was a quick find. Even room for swag! We are trying to get the C4C caches done today, so thanks for the easy one! TFTC Top reasons to visit:Canton and the greater Stark County region feature national historic sites and museums including the William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and McKinley National Memorial, as well as the First Ladies’ Library & National Historic Site.The Canton and Stark County area offer great bird watching opportunities including sights of Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons. Check out a list of great birding locations provided by the Canton Audubon Society at https://cantonaudubon.org/birding-stark/.The area is full of additional outdoor recreation opportunities including golf, disc golf, kayaking, canoeing, cycling, and the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park.Check out the free art and history museum, Massillon Museum, next to GC6XTXY. The first Saturday of every month is FREE for family activities from 12:00-2:00 p.m. led by the local artists and museum staff.Stop in at the Carriage House Nature Center at Quail Hollow State Park. A two for one attraction with geocache GC6WE2W nearby. The Carriage House Nature Center features live animals, hands-on educational activities, cross-country skiing, as well as equestrian and mountain bike trails.Logs from cachers:We were in the area for the weekend. While here, we decided to take an adventure & do the whole Cache 4 Coins geotrail in one day! We spotted a cute fox in one of the rehabilitation pens! It was certainly a whirlwind adventure today, but we had loads of fun exploring all around Stark County. And we came home with a new, shiny coin! Thanks for working so hard on this geotrail. We had a fantastic time today! Location:OhioFavorite Points:109 SharePrint RelatedButler County Donut Trail GeoTour (GT77)October 5, 2017In “GeoTours”A Dash of the Unexpected GeoTour (GT7B)January 11, 2018In “GeoTours”A Dash of the Unexpected GeoTour (GT7B)March 5, 2019In “GeoTours” Attention to local events:From April 26th to July 15th stop by the Canton Museum of Art to explore the “panoramic adventure” African Menagerie. This touring exhibit lets audiences understand the plight of African wildlife species and to shed light on Earth’s wildlife extinction crisis.Visit in early August to experience the “Hall of Fame City” at its finest during the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival. Every weekend in September, travel back in time and visit pioneer America at the 46th Annual Yankee Peddler Festival in Canal Fulton along the Ohio & Erie Canalway.last_img read more

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Undefeated in Big Ten Buckeyes take win in overtime

Ninety minutes wasn’t enough time to for either team to find the back of the net, but it was Paige Maxwell’s overtime goal in the 96th minute that gave the Ohio State women’s soccer team (8-2-1, 2-0-0) a win over rival Penn State (3-7-1, 1-1-0). “Any win you pick up at home is fantastic,” coach Lori Walker said. “Penn State gave us quite a few problems and we pushed through. Our soccer was definitely quality enough to result in a win.” The game-winning goal is Maxwell’s second in as many games, after scoring the difference-maker in last week’s win over Michigan. This week’s goal came after Maxwell intercepted an errant pass from Penn State goalkeeper Krissy Tribbett and then dribbled in and floated a kick over the diving goalie. “My first thought right after the goalie passed it to me was ‘Holy moly, I’m all by myself,” Maxwell said. “It’s my job to just score like a forward is supposed to do.” Maxwell appeared to have an opportunity to score in regulation, but her shot attempt sailed over the goal and out of bounds. “I kind of lost my concentration,” Maxwell said. “I did a whoopsie-doo right over the goalie and right over the goal, too.” Walker said that she was happy to see Maxwell make amends for her previous missed opportunity. “She felt a bit of responsibility ‘cause there was one in the first half that she felt she should have buried,” Walker said. “Good for her to get that back and kind of get the monkey off her back.” As the Buckeyes’ offense struggled to put the ball in the net throughout regulation, it was their tenacious defense that helped carry the scoreless game into overtime, as they limited the Nittany Lions to just two shots on goal, with goalkeeper Rachel Middleman making both saves. “Our defense is pretty much unstoppable and they’re just working so hard,” Maxwell said. “This is our year, we really just want to shine, and we’re putting everything we can toward it.” The Buckeyes will now look forward to a two-game road trip this weekend for a pair of Big Ten games against Iowa and Northwestern, before returning home for a three-game home stand. read more

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