Uruguay and Ecuador strengthen ties in fight against drug trafficking

first_img Organized crime groups not only transport illegal drugs through Uruguay and send them north to Mexico and the United States, they also sell drugs domestically. About 180,000 people in Uruguay consume illegal drugs, according to federal government statistics. That is about 5.5 percent of the country’s population of 3.5 million people. About 3,000 inmates are imprisoned in Uruguayan prisons for drug trafficking offenses. Drug use impacts Uruguayan society in many ways. For example, drug use has had a negative impact on public education. The Health Commission of the Uruguayan Senate recently conducted a hearing on public education. Public education officials told senators that drug use is one of the reasons some public school students are not learning as much as they should. Drug trafficking leads to other crimes Security forces in the Dominican Republic and Chile have achieved important successes in recent months in fighting organized crime. For example, in Chile, between January and mid-November 2013, security forces have seized 80 percent more drugs than they did during the same time period in 2012. Authorities attribute much of the success to the OS-7 anti-narcotics unit of the Chilean National Police, which is known as the Carabiniers. The increase in the amount of drugs seized by Chilean security forces in 2013 reflects increased activity by international drug traffickers, and the high level of professionalism of Chilean police, according to security analyst Jeremy McDermott, director of InSight Crime, an independent research institution with headquarters in Medellin, Colombia. In the Dominican Republic, authorities have lowered the homicide rate and improved overall public safety, thanks to a series of strong police initiatives. The homicide rate in the Caribbean country is down to 16.6 killings per 100,000 inhabitants. The homicide rate has not been that low since 2003, according to Manuel Castro Castillo, chief of the Dominican Republic National Police. International cooperation Ecuador uses technology to fight drug trafficking Drug use in Uruguay Uruguay and Ecuador recently agreed to strengthen their ties in the countries’ joint battle against international drug trafficking. The two nations agreed to share information and to collaborate in the fight against organized crime syndicates. The countries reached agreements to “reinforce and strengthen” their bilateral relations on a number of issues, including cooperation and the exchange of information to develop new approaches to combat drug trafficking. Uruguayan Vice Chancellor Luis Porto and his Ecuadorian counterpart, Marco Albuja, issued a joint press statement expressing “the need to seek different approaches to combat the problem” of international drug trafficking. The two countries signed an agreement on cooperation and exchange of information in order to “learn from each other’s practices.” Countries throughout Latin America are battling drug trafficking and related criminal enterprises. For example, in recent years, the number of kidnapping and extortion cases has increased in Colombia, Mexico, and other Latin American countries. In Colombia, many of these offenses are committed by organized crime groups, such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). In El Salvador and Guatemala, the street gangs Mara Salvatrucha, which is also known as MS-13, and Barrio 18 are responsible for many kidnappings and extortions, according to security forces in those countries. The Lorenzana drug trafficking organization and the Mexican organized crime groups Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel, which is led by fugitive kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, also operate in Guatemala. center_img In October 2013, the Ecuadorian Navy and civilian police forces collaborated to seize 799 kilos of cocaine in the country’s territorial waters, drugs which were destined for Central America and ultimately the United States. Ecuadorian security forces used advanced technology to locate and seize the boat that was carrying the cocaine. On Oct. 13, the Unit Against Organized Crime (ULCO) of the National Police alerted the Navy of a Panamanian-flagged vessel which was suspected of transporting illegal drugs off the Ecuadorian coast. The Navy sent several drones into the air to track down the boat. The Navy uses unmanned aircraft to track down suspicious boats and gather information. The drones located the suspicious boat, named “Doria,” about 130 nautical miles southwest of the port of Manta. The Manta Naval Air Station transmitted the location of the Doria to a Coast Guard boat named the “Isla Santa Cruz.” The Coast Guard vessel, commanded by Lt. Lenin Alvarado Flores, intercepted the Doria. Coast Guard authorities boarded the Doria, and found nearly 800 kilograms of cocaine wrapped in 700 packages. Coast Guard authorities detained the Doria’s five-person crew. National Police anti-narcotics investigators had learned a transnational drug trafficking organization was operating in the region, smuggling drugs in large boats, a few days before the Coast Guard intercepted the Doria. The National Police provided the information to the Navy, authorities said. Uruguay-Ecuador agreements By Dialogo November 21, 2013 Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon recently visited the military officials of seven Central American and Caribbean countries to discuss how security forces throughout the region could cooperate on security matters. In late September 2013, Pinzon met with military officials in Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. Pinzon and officials from the other countries discussed the possibility of increasing opportunities for the Colombian military and National Police to fight international drug trafficking and other crimes, such as extortion and kidnapping. International cooperation is crucial in the fight against kidnapping and extortion, according to Colombian Gen. Humberto Guatibonza, director of the Unified Action Groups for Liberty, or GAULA, Colombia’s anti-kidnapping and anti-extortion unit. The GAULA is respected around the world for its effectiveness in combatting organized crime. In Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, “kidnapping has become a major transnational scourge to the point we simply have to join forces,” Guatibonza said. In addition to reaching agreements to cooperate in the battle against international drug trafficking, Ecuadorian and Uruguayan officials also discussed other important aspects of the two countries’ bilateral relationship. Ecuador and Uruguay agreed to support the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Inter-American Human Rights System. Officials from the two countries also discussed the importance of developing information technology in the region and, sharing scientific and technological developments Security successes last_img read more

‘Roy Keane is taking the p*** out of Irish football and should be sacked’

first_img Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade MONEY Former Manchester United captain Keane is alleged to have squared up to Walters and called Arter a “p****” and a “c***” after they sat out training on medical advice.Arter, who is on loan at Cardiff City from Bournemouth, subsequently made himself unavailable for Thursday’s 4-1 Nations League defeat by Wales and Tuesday’s friendly in Poland.Boss Martin O’Neill has defended Keane, describing his number two as “brilliant”, and said he will remain part of the Ireland set-up.But Liam Brady and Johnny Giles, two heroes of Irish football, say Keane is not fit for the role of an assistant boss and O’Neill or FAI chief John Delaney should take the strongest possible action.Brady, one of the most gifted players of his generation, said: “The thing that strikes me about Roy Keane and it has for many years now, is that I don’t think he likes football and I don’t think he likes players.“When you hear him speak about football in his punditry role, it comes across that he doesn’t like modern-day footballers. I think this thing is boiling inside of him.“He’s damaging a squad that’s weak in many ways anyway and we can’t afford to lose any players. Two Republic of Ireland legends have called for Roy Keane to be axed as assistant manager of the national team.A WhatsApp recording of Stephen Ward has been leaked in which the defender described the details of a row between Keane and two of his Ireland teammates, Harry Arter and Jonathan Walters, during the summer. REVEALED “Every time there is an Irish game there was a story about Roy Keane, whether he was having a go at somebody or whether he was launching another book of his.“I can’t even understand how Martin O’Neill could put up with that. He’s got an international match and Roy Keane decides to launch his book the week of an international game.“It’s crazy, it’s mind-boggling and it’s really taking the p***, isn’t it? It really is taking the p*** out of the Irish soccer team.“Martin O’Neill, or the powers that be, John Delaney, has to say enough of this. This has got to stop.”O’Neill has attempted to play down the row, insisting it is something that happens regularly in football and the players will move on. 3 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack But Giles, a legendary figure in his playing days and a former Republic manager, insisted there can be no justification for Keane’s foul-mouthed rant at Arter and Walters.“I knew there was a row. I didn’t know what the details were,” said Giles.“It shouldn’t happen. Roy Keane is assistant manager of the Irish team and he is there to assist the manager.“Players who are injured, unless they are really kidding on, need a lot of sympathy and a lot of help. We’ve all been injured as footballers and there is nothing worse than being injured and you can’t play.“In Arter’s case, if Martin O’Neill felt Arter was kidding on then he shouldn’t be picked. If they feel that he’s not, then he needs sympathy and support.“This is nonsense. This is very, very serious stuff. Latest Football News highlights Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move smart causal Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings center_img impact ADVICE silverware Roy Keane has sparked controversy with his rant at two Ireland players Harry Arter has made himself unavailable for Ireland following the row with Roy Keane Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “Morale in a football team is very fragile and the rest of the players would have known exactly what happened and that doesn’t help the spirit of the team.“This is wrong, whatever way you look at it, it’s wrong.“As assistant manager he should be helping Martin and in the Arter case he hasn’t helped him at all. In fact, Arter has said he doesn’t want to play, That’s being destructive.“If you talk about being equipped to be an assistant manager? Definitely not.” How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Roy Keane has the backing of boss Martin O’Neill 3 3last_img read more