Drug traf­fick­ing groups un­leash vi­o­lence in Panama

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

(Prensa Latina) The recent blood­sheds in dif­fer­ent sites of the coun­try have been caus­ing fear among the pop­u­la­tion to­day and con­cern in the Pana­ma­nian au­thor­i­ties, who state that vi­o­lence comes from or­ga­nized drug traf­fick­ing groups.

Fac­ing this back­ground, Pres­i­dent, Juan Car­los Varela; Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter, Alexis Bethancourt, and the di­rec­tors of the se­cu­rity bod­ies, re- it­er­ated their com­mit­ment in the fight against this scourge.

Ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates from the In­ter­na­tional In­tel­li­gence Agen­cies, the pro­duc­tion of drugs is around 1,000 met­ric tons per year; mean­while, the ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the dis­tri­bu­tion of these il­le­gal sub­stances are more dan­ger­ous.

This sit­u­a­tion gen­er­ates the devel­op­ment of lo­cal gangs, which along with in­ter­na­tional drug car­tels are di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for more than 70 per­cent of homi­cides tak­ing place in the coun­try, the text said.

The cor­re­spond­ing au­thor­i­ties have seized in 2017 about 64 tons of drugs in Panama, be­ing Novem­ber the record month when ac­count­ing more than nine tons.

Also on the list are the dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tions against drug lead­ers.

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