Nicaragua Disrupts Main Drug Trafficking Support Network

first_imgBy Dialogo March 07, 2013 On March 4, the Nicaraguan Police disrupted a cell that provided support to drug trafficking led by Mexican national José Torres Chaperón, who remains a fugitive after 26 out of his 42 members were arrested, in addition to 63 properties and 59 land and water vehicles that were also seized. Chaperón founded “logistics, reception, storage, transport of drugs and security cells” and acquired property at the disposal of drug trafficking in Nicaragua, the Police reported in a press release. The ring facilitated the smuggling of drugs from Colombia to Mexico through the Nicaraguan Pacific, mainly through the border departments of Rivas, Chinandega, Managua, Matagalpa and Masaya, the report specified. Among the detainees, there are four leaders, including Guatemalan national Martín Sánchez Flores, the only foreigner in this operation that the Police started to monitor under the name of “Temis” in 2010. During the operation carried out last week, the Police siezed 63 properties, 44 land vehicles, 15 speedboats, four firearms, and about $50,000 in cash. Judge Julio Arias from Managua’s 5th Criminal District, ordered the pre-trial detention of the 26 detainees, who will be tried on March 20 under charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime association. According to Nicaraguan authorities, the gang led by Chaperón is a remnant of the local drug trafficking structure created in 2010 by entrepreneur Henry Fariñas, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for money laundering and drug trafficking along with 21 national and foreign accomplices in October 2012. In July 2011 Fariñas was the main witness and failed target of the attack in which Argentine singer-songwriter Facundo Carbral died in Guatemala.last_img

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