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Naval Special Forces Combats Drug Trafficking in Guatemala

first_imgIn an effort to combat drug trafficking along the Guatemalan coastline and in its waters, Guatemala’s Naval Special Forces (FEN, for its Spanish acronym) continue to coordinate their work with the Prosecutor’s Offices and the General Departmental Division of Counter Drug Analysis and Information (SGAIA). From there, the Prosecutor’s Offices are responsible for verifying any material seized; once it has done so, the SGAIA — member of Guatemala’s National Civil Police (PNC) — can arrest the suspects and bring them before the courts. Twelve SGAIA members work alongside FEN’s military service members, according to Edy Juárez, Vice Minister of Internal Affairs. Of its 82 Military service members, three are Officers, eight are Non-Commissioned Officers and 71 are Sailors. In an effort to combat drug trafficking along the Guatemalan coastline and in its waters, Guatemala’s Naval Special Forces (FEN, for its Spanish acronym) continue to coordinate their work with the Prosecutor’s Offices and the General Departmental Division of Counter Drug Analysis and Information (SGAIA). “FEN’s mission is to perform maritime policing and Naval operations in Guatemalan territorial waters to contribute, along with other institutions, to stopping threats such as drug trafficking,” explained a lieutenant acting as FEN Operations Officer, who requested anonymity due to the nature of his drug enforcement work. From there, the Prosecutor’s Offices are responsible for verifying any material seized; once it has done so, the SGAIA — member of Guatemala’s National Civil Police (PNC) — can arrest the suspects and bring them before the courts. Twelve SGAIA members work alongside FEN’s military service members, according to Edy Juárez, Vice Minister of Internal Affairs. Of its 82 Military service members, three are Officers, eight are Non-Commissioned Officers and 71 are Sailors. FEN patrols nine square kilometers in the Atlantic Ocean; 93,000 square kilometers in the Pacific, and 253,000 kilometers of coastline, from the border with El Salvador up the border with Mexico. It can enter territorial waters up to 100 miles out — and twice that with the logistical support of Coast Guard cutters, which are Guatemalan Navy vessels. Within that jurisdiction, specified by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, it may perform interdictions and bring aground vessels and suspects. “FEN’s mission is to perform maritime policing and Naval operations in Guatemalan territorial waters to contribute, along with other institutions, to stopping threats such as drug trafficking,” explained a lieutenant acting as FEN Operations Officer, who requested anonymity due to the nature of his drug enforcement work. Since January 1, FEN has seized 322 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $4.1 million. One of the most recent operations occurred on April 20, when FEN officials intercepted two ships 40 nautical miles off the Pacific coast, in Puerto San José, Escuintla. The ships, identified as “Yennifer 2,” and “Lupita,” carried several plastic barrels containing 170 packets of white powder — which law enforcement authorities, upon conducting field tests, identified as cocaine. center_img That bust adds to a track record of continuing success since FEN conducted its first major strike against drug traffickers in 2010. That year it seized 5,296 kg of cocaine valued at $66.2 million; and since then, it has seized millions of dollars of cocaine every year, culminating in 2,796 kilograms of cocaine in 2014. FEN patrols nine square kilometers in the Atlantic Ocean; 93,000 square kilometers in the Pacific, and 253,000 kilometers of coastline, from the border with El Salvador up the border with Mexico. It can enter territorial waters up to 100 miles out — and twice that with the logistical support of Coast Guard cutters, which are Guatemalan Navy vessels. Within that jurisdiction, specified by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, it may perform interdictions and bring aground vessels and suspects. By Dialogo May 08, 2015 That bust adds to a track record of continuing success since FEN conducted its first major strike against drug traffickers in 2010. That year it seized 5,296 kg of cocaine valued at $66.2 million; and since then, it has seized millions of dollars of cocaine every year, culminating in 2,796 kilograms of cocaine in 2014. Since January 1, FEN has seized 322 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $4.1 million. One of the most recent operations occurred on April 20, when FEN officials intercepted two ships 40 nautical miles off the Pacific coast, in Puerto San José, Escuintla. The ships, identified as “Yennifer 2,” and “Lupita,” carried several plastic barrels containing 170 packets of white powder — which law enforcement authorities, upon conducting field tests, identified as cocaine. It is to be hoped that the government of the U.S. will cooperate by having its country: minimize the use of substances harmful to health; it’s time for a country that uses and exports psychotropic drugs to approximately 60 million consumers and which has a parasitic economy derived from drug trafficking. Integrate into the great World challenge. A World Without Drugs for World Peace.last_img read more

A millennial’s perspective on giving credit to credit unions

first_imgby: Will LipovskyI became a member of my local credit union back in 2008. I joined primarily so I would have a physical place to deposit cash and checks. Mobile deposit doesn’t work too well for depositing cash. I also understood opportunity cost too well to leave much cash depreciating in my sock drawer.Beyond the need for a physical institution, I wanted a good interest rate for my money. I began checking rates around town. I started with the obvious… Wells Fargo. Then I called the other banks in town. The term ‘credit union’ didn’t mean anything to me at the at this point. But someone told me the local credit union had the best interest rate in town. Turns out my local credit union offered by far the best interest rate! The only drawback I saw was you needed to make a $5 forever deposit that would serve as your one-time membership fee.A calculator was not needed to know that if I could get 1 point better interest on my checking account, I would quickly recoup those five dollars. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Zukanović for official Roma Site: Džeko and Pjanić are a big Reason for my Arrival

first_imgErvin Zukanović gave his first interview for the official site of Roma, after he came from Sampdoria. The B&H national team player said he is happy because of the arrival to Roma and that his decision to come to Roma was greatly influenced by the presence of Edin Džeko and Miralem Pjanić in that club.How do you feel as a new player of Roma?Every footballer wants to play on a high level and for a great club. I succeeded in that and I am happy.Roma was not the only club that wanted you, how were the negotiations going?I was under a great stress during past several days and it was truly confusing. I wanted to come here because Roma is a fantastic club. So, my intention was to try to come to Roma.Edin Džeko and Miralem Pjanić are already in Roma, did that influence your decision anyhow?That influenced my decision a lot, because I played with them for the national team. When I came, they gave me many advices. It is easy when you have friends like them who can help you a lot. Nevertheless, already after one day I realized that all players are amazing.Do you know that Roma’s fans are sharing your goal against Lazio on social networks? There is a unique rivalry here.The Roman derby is something fantastic and I know that the fans are very passionate about it. However, I am concentrated and I want to be good. We will see what will happen.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more