Guatemala: Counter-narcotics raids net weapons, cash, plane

first_img GUATEMALA CITY – Law enforcement agents confiscated a small jet, 150 assault rifles and about US$63,000 in cash during a series of counter-narcotics operations in the northern department of Alta Verapaz on Dec. 21, Donald González, a police spokesman, said. Agents also apprehended 10 suspected members of the Los Zetas, a Mexico-based drug cartel, since President Álvaro Colom ordered a 30-day state of siege in Alta Verapaz on Dec. 18 in an attempt to stop Los Zetas from terrorizing the population. Police discovered $300,000 quetzales (US$37,735) in cash inside a small plane impounded at the airport in Cobán, and an additional $200,000 quetzales ($25,157) during a search at a residence, González said. Interior Minister Carlos Menocal said the government’s goal in declaring the siege is “to restore governability, attack and dismantle the organized crime structures established in Alta Verapaz,” according to EFE. Defense Minister Abraham Valenzuela said the army is considering establishing a counter-narcotics base in the department. Colom ordered the seizure after investigators concluded Los Zetas had hired hitmen to “take control” of Alta Verapaz more than a year ago, Ronaldo Robles, Colom’s spokesman, said on Dec. 19, according to EFE. The government’s move suspends some constitutional rights and enables law enforcement officials to arrest “anyone suspected of conspiring against the state” without a warrant, according to a statement. By Dialogo December 22, 2010 Colombia: Police seize 202 kilograms of cocaine Honduras: Authorities find 500 kilograms of cocaine in plane BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Three members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), including a squad leader, were killed in a gunfight with the army in the department of Arauca, a military spokesman said. The FARC member who died was second-in-command of the FARC’s Julio Mario Tavera squad based in Arauca, which is on the Venezuelan border, according to the Colombian daily El Espectador. A female FARC member was injured in the firefight and was transported to a regional hospital near the city of Arauquita, where she was treated for non-life-threatening wounds. The army confiscated guns, bullets, communications equipment and documents after the fighting ceased, according to EFE. The FARC commander who died in the firefight was one of the FARC’s highest-ranking leaders since its chief, Jorge Briceño, who went by the alias “Mono Jojoy,” was killed during a bombing of a FARC camp in the department of Meta on Sept. 22. TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Honduran Police and U.S. counter-narcotics agents raided a plane containing 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of cocaine in the jungle along the border with Nicaragua, Oscar Álvarez, Honduras’ minister of security said. The plane landed last week on a hidden airstrip on the outskirts of Awas Bila, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) northeast of the nation’s capital. “We discovered it when several unknown men unloaded the drugs from the plane, and when they saw us they fled,” Álvarez said to the Guatemalan website El Periódico. No arrests were made, but Álvarez said agents seized a truck, fragmentation grenades and a chainsaw, according to the Venezuelan website El Tiempo. Honduran officials said more than 1,000 tons of cocaine pass annually through the Central American nation from Colombia en route to the United States. Colombia: 3 FARC rebels die in firefight Colom said his country does not have enough police or military personnel to extend operations into neighboring departments but wants to increase the army’s size from 17,000 to 21,000 troops in 2011, according to EFE. BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Police seized 202 kilograms (445 pounds) of cocaine found in two stolen cars traveling from the department of Valle del Cauca to the nation’s capital, officials said. The narcotic, which was expected to be shipped to Mexico, is suspected of belonging to a syndicate allegedly headed by Diego Pérez Henao, according to the Criminal Investigation Department. Pérez Henao, who goes by the alias “Diego Rastrojo,” is suspected of operating several narcotics laboratories in the Andean nation, according to the department. “The vehicles carrying false plates were stolen on November 13 in Bogotá,” the department said in a statement.last_img read more

Nassau, Suffolk Cops Hosting National Night Out Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police cruiser.Nassau and Suffolk county police are inviting the public to events Tuesday evening aimed at fostering community relationships to help prevent crime as a part of the annual National Night Out Against Crime.The festivities include weapons safety lessons and demonstrations, Child Safety Information and ID Kits, guest speakers as well as free food and entertainment.The National Association of Town Watch sponsors the events on the first Tuesday in August in an effort to promote crime prevention programs and cultivate relationships between neighborhood precincts, local business owners and civic groups.National Night Out has evolved into a nationwide campaign including over 37 million people from all 50 states since 1984.In Suffolk, five of the seven precincts will be hosting the following events:First Precinct: Wyandanch Park, 792 Mount Ave., Wyandanch, 4-8 p.m.Second Precinct: Manor Field, East 5th Street, Huntington Station, 2-6 p.m.Third Precinct: Target Store parking lot, 838 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore, 5:30-8 p.m.Fourth Precinct: Target Store parking, 98 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Commack, 5-8 p.m.Fifth Precinct: Martha Avenue Park, Martha Avenue, North Bellport, 6 p.m.In Nassau County, four of the former eight precincts will be hosting the following 11 events:First Precinct: Cow Meadow Park, Freeport, 7-9 p.m. and Veteran’s Memorial Park, East Meadow Ave. and Prospect Ave., East Meadow, 7-9 p.m.Second Precinct: Target Store, 3850 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 6-9:30 p.m. and Theodore Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay.Third Precinct: Jonathan L. Ielpi Firefighters Park on Grace Ave., Great Neck Plaza 6-9:30 p.m. and Williston Park Village Gazebo, Hillside Ave. and Concord St., 6 p.m., Westbury/New Cassel parade starts at the Salvation Army, 992 Prospect Ave. in New Cassel at 5 p.m.Fourth Precinct: Cedarhurst Park, Cedarhurst Ave. and Summit Ave., 6-10 p.m., Dutch Broadway Park, 2161 Dutch Bwy., Elmont, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Echo Park on Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead, 6-10 p.m.last_img read more

NBA All-Star 2019: 5 most intriguing lineup combinations

first_imgThree of James’ first four picks are impending free agents while Antetokounmpo nabbed multiple first-time All-Stars.The complete rosters are below: Related News Team LeBron— Kevin Durant — Kyrie Irving — Kawhi Leonard — James Harden— Anthony Davis— Klay Thompson— Damian Lillard— Ben Simmons— LaMarcus Aldridge— Karl-Anthony Towns— Bradley Beal— Dwyane WadeTeam Giannis— Stephen Curry— Joel Embiid— Paul George— Kemba Walker— Khris Middleton— Nikola Jokic— Russell Westbrook— Blake Griffin— D’Angelo Russell— Nikola Vucevic— Kyle Lowry— Dirk NowitzkiHere are the five lineup combinations we’re most excited to see in the game, which will take place Sunday, Feb. 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina. James-Thompson-Davis-Wade-SimmonsWhile unlikely, the trio of James, Thompson and Davis could end up playing together on the Lakers. The team had been attempting to trade for Davis before the deadline and that pursuit is expected to continue in the offseason. If Los Angeles does end up adding Davis, Thompson may reportedly consider signing with the franchise. Meanwhile, Wade — making his last ever All-Star appearance — and James are close friends while the Lakers star appreciates Simmons’ game. It would be interesting to see how this unit interacted on the court.  James-Durant-Irving-Leonard-ThompsonIn this scenario, James would be surrounded by four potential free agents. Could this lineup help him recruit one of these stars to join him in Los Angeles? You never know.Antetokounmpo-Curry-Lowry-Walker-WestbrookThis lineup would be fun. Antetokounmpo would play center on this unit and be surrounded by four ball handlers. The group would have the ability to push the pace and create offense at will. They’d be hard to stop.Walker-Russell-Middleton-Vucevic-JokicEveryone in this group is a first-time All-Star besides Walker. Meanwhile, the Hornets star will be playing on his home court. All five are bound to have something to prove and will be playing hard. NBA All-Star 2019: LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo discuss first televised draft The 2019 All-Star teams are officially set.LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the game’s two captains, completed the first ever televised draft Thursday. James selected Kevin Durant with his top choice and Antetokounmpo followed by picking Stephen Curry.center_img Westbrook-Antetokounmpo-Embiid-Griffin-GeorgeThis lineup is intriguing on two different levels. Every player is long and super athletic. Together, they’d make it difficult to penetrate the lane and would have the ability to score at all three levels. But, Westbrook and Embiid have clashed on the court and exchanged words through the media this season. It would be curious to see how they react to playing on the same team. Anthony Davis to return to Pelicans’ lineup, will play out rest of seasonlast_img read more