PANAMA: NEARLY 200 OFFICIALS ARRESTED OVER DRUGS TRAFFICKING THIS YEAR

On 12 September, Newsroom Panama reported that nearly 200 officials working for the front-line security services have been arrested this year in operations against drug trafficking networks and money laundering, This includes members of the National Police, the National Border Service (Senafront), the National Aeronoval Service (Senan), the Institutional Protection Service (SPI), the Tocumen Airport, the National Assembly, and the Public Ministry.  Insight Crime comments that Panama has evolved to become a crucial stop along the Central American cocaine highway, with drugs moving through the country by sea, land and air; and that it is, therefore, no surprise that its internal drug trafficking infrastructure would evolve as well.

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/organized-crime-infiltrates-panama-security-services

https://insightcrime.org/news/panama-unveils-extent-of-official-participation-in-drug-trafficking/

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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