By Dialogo November 01, 2010 In various locations around the country, the Colombian authorities arrested twenty members of a network that was sending cocaine by ship to the United States – by way of Central American ports – and to Europe, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera affirmed. In a joint operation by the Colombian police and the Colombian public prosecutor’s office, twenty alleged members of the drug-trafficking cartels ‘La Oficina de Envigado’ and ‘Los Rastrojos’ were arrested “simultaneously,” Rivera said. The detentions took place in the cities of Cartagena and San Andrés (in the Caribbean region) and Medellín and Turbo (in the northwest), he specified, adding that among those arrested are individuals in the service of Colombian drug trafficker Maximiliano Bonilla, alias ‘Valenciano,’ a liaison with Mexican cartels. “The majority of those arrested are a series of persons, including workers at shipping firms and port guards, security personnel, and mechanics, who facilitated the contamination of containers” with cocaine, Rivera emphasized. “The gang brought the drugs into the port moments before the vessel departed and camouflaged them in canvas bags with a capacity of up to thirty kilos each. Then they broke the security seals, introduced the alkaloid into the containers, and sealed them again with copies of the seals,” he recounted. According to the official account, the drugs introduced onto the ships were headed for the United States by way of ports in Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. In other cases, the gang members also introduced the alkaloid onto vessels headed for Europe. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) believes that ‘Valenciano’ has direct ties to the Mexican ‘Los Zetas’ cartel. Drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges have been pending against him in a New York court since 2008. Until 2009, Colombia was the world’s leading producer of coca, but it has been displaced by Peru, according to a study by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released in June. Those arrested were charged with criminal conspiracy and with manufacturing and trafficking narcotics.
FOOTBALL action continued Monday evening in the Corona Invitational football tournament with East Veldt staving off the challenge of Flamingo.At the GFC ground Bourda, the East Veldt side opened the scoring in the 4th minute thanks to Michael Charles with Flamingo’s Earl Samuels responding in the 27th to level the game.This stalemate stretched into halftime and threatened to be the end result but Travis Hercules broke the deadlock for the eventual winners.This opened the floodgates for the East Veldt with Cordel Johnson scoring just one minute later.In the second game of the evening, Camptown FC and Beacons played to a 1-1 stalemate.Jamal Codrington was on target for the Campbellville-based side with Travis Lyken on target for the.The third game also ended in a stalemate but just barely, as the GFC side held a one-goal advantage up until the final minute.Benjamin Abumchi was the man who had set the GFC crowd abuzz in the sixteenth minute as that goal carried them ahead into the second half.Whether it was tiredness or being too laid-back that cost them, they allowed Dwayne McLennon through in the 90+3 and he completed Western Tigers’ much-needed goal to continue their winning streak.Camptown FC will take on Black Pearl in the next round of fixtures on Friday with Northern Rangers and Flamingo playing the second game and Pele tackling Riddim Squad in the final game of the evening.