All About Panama

HEROIN / 2 AUG 2011

Panama authorities confiscated more than 600 kilos of heroin, worth at least $70 million, from a car in a remote town on the Caribbean coast.

COLOMBIA / 27 JUL 2011

Almost eight tons of cocaine headed for Central America has been seized in two raids conducted with cooperation between authorities from Colombia, the United States, Honduras and Panama.

PANAMA / 8 JUL 2011

Panama's navy seized over three tons of liquid cocaine after intercepting a ship off the Atlantic coast. Authorities arrested one Colombian and one Spanish national.

COSTA RICA / 7 JUL 2011

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) removed Costa Rica from its “grey list” of tax havens after signing its 12th international agreement to exchange tax information in…

PANAMA / 5 JUL 2011

While Panamanian officials are hailing the largest cocaine seizure of the year as a major victory, it's unlikely that improved interdiction rates will discourage traffickers from using Panama as a…

PANAMA / 17 JUN 2011

A Panamanian official said that drug traffickers operating in the Central American nation could be using submarines to transport merchandise and avoid detection by authorities.

COSTA RICA / 30 MAY 2011

Panama's efforts to stop maritime trafficking in its waters has forced traffickers to use land routes in Costa Rica, according to Costa Rican anti-drug authorities.

COLOMBIA / 21 APR 2011

Forty-five Mexican police have been arrested over alleged ties to the Zetas cartel. The police are all from the town of Cadereyta in the state of Nuevo Leon,…

COLOMBIA / 13 APR 2011

A series of WikiLeaks cables paints a grim picture of Panama’s capacity to respond to the increasingly aggressive FARC rebels, who have found refuge in the swamps and jungles across…

PANAMA / 1 APR 2011

Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Panama suspected that country's politicians of taking part in arms and drug trafficking, according to a cable released by WikiLeaks and quoted by…

ECUADOR / 28 MAR 2011

This report by the Refugee Council USA, a coalition of NGOs, focuses on the situation of the many Colombian refugees in Ecuador and Panama. As part of the research, the council…

PANAMA / 28 MAR 2011

Anthony Scheidel analyzes the reorganization of Panama's security forces and other governmental institutions. These reforms, which began in 2008, were intended to tackle corruption and to fight rising crime. The article discusses how the changes…

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