All About Panama

COLOMBIA / 27 MAR 2013

Authorities captured an alleged link between Colombia trafficking organization the Rastrojos and Mexico drug cartels in Panama. The suspect had been granted political asylum in Panama, underscoring the diverse networks…

COLOMBIA / 11 FEB 2013

An alleged head of Colombia's criminal syndicate the Oficina de Envigado has been captured in Panama, a new blow to the increasingly splintered and weakened group, which could further escalate…

PANAMA / 3 DEC 2012

A court's ruling that the United States cannot prosecute traffickers caught in other countries' territorial waters could hinder its maritime anti-narcotics operations in Latin America, at a time when drug trafficking by…

COLOMBIA / 28 NOV 2012

Colombia's neo-paramilitary Urabeños are strengthening their presence across the border in Panama, expanding their influence over a key drug shipment route with easy access to money…

FARC / 30 APR 2012

Panamanian authorities say the FARC rebel group worked with a trafficking ring with operations in Panama, pointing to permanent guerrilla presence in the country, and to its importance for the…

FARC / 29 MAR 2012

In a joint operation, Panama and Colombia security forces destroyed two large FARC camps on Panamanian territory, as the two countries announced a new agreement that allows for better intelligence…

DRUG POLICY / 28 FEB 2012

Panama's government has stated its opposition to drug legalization, ahead of a visit by Guatemala's vice president to promote debate on the issue.

MONEY LAUNDERING / 29 DEC 2011

The United States Treasury Department's announcement that it was placing a Panama-based money laundering operation on its list of Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) appears to be another step in…

PANAMA / 23 NOV 2011

Panama security forces announced the incineration of just under 4 tons of drugs which were confiscated in November.

BELIZE / 28 SEP 2011

This report outlines a series of actions by the U.S. government in order to face violence in Central America. Mexican drug trafficking organizations, local drug traffickers, transnational youth gangs,…

PANAMA / 16 SEP 2011

Panama is improving its police equipment with the purchase of 19 radars, meant to monitor the coastline for drug trafficking.

PANAMA / 14 SEP 2011

Panama’s deputy security minister revealed that 2,647 members of the National Police have been removed from the force for misconduct over the past two years.

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