Historic Perú cocaine seizure even larger than initial estimate

first_img Perú seized 7.6 tons of cocaine last week – more than two tons more than initial reports. “This is the largest drug seizure ever in Perú. It’s historic,” Interior Minister Daniel Urresti said. The final tally, pricing the haul at more than US$300 million, places the seizure well above the already record-breaking six tons originally reported. The cocaine was found stashed in a shipment of coal in the city of Trujillo and was expected to be trafficked to Spain and Belgium. Officials said the cocaine belonged to a Mexican cartel in the Andean nation and didn’t name the organization publically. Vicente Romero, the head of the Anti-Narcotics Division of Perú’s National Police, said the bust culminated a six-week operation that included the help of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The seizure represents a major step in Perú’s counter-narcotics fight, as the country supplanted Colombia as the world’s leading cocaine-producing nation. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) 2012 Crop Monitoring Report, Perú is home to 13 regions encompassing 60,400 hectares that grow coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Authorities seized 2,200 metric tons of precursor chemicals bound for coca-growing regions, Romero said. The confiscated chemicals, combined with the coca crops that were destroyed, prevented at least 190 metric tons of cocaine from being produced, according to the National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca crops are used for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to DEVIDA. So far this year, the Peruvian government was more than half way to reaching its goal of eradicating 30,000 hectares of illegal coca crops in 2014, according to DEVIDA. Major narco-trafficker arrest in Colombia Meanwhile, Colombian authorities arrested alleged international narco-trafficker Óscar Antonio Berrocal, a Costa Rican charged with trafficking cocaine shipments to the United States while working for Mexico’s ruthless Sinaloa Cartel. “In Colombia, there is a valid order for his arrest and extradition [to the U.S.],” Colombian migration officials said in a prepared statement. Berrocal – who goes by the aliases “Charlie,” “the Chef,” “Finquero” and “Rolex” – was taken into custody in Bogotá on Aug. 28. Colombia is one of the world’s largest producers of cocaine, manufacturing about 290 tons of it annually, according to the UNODC. The arrest of Berrocal, 52, continued Colombia’s string of recent successes. Berrocal was apprehended three days after security agents seized 40 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of coal on a Liberian-flagged ship in the port municipality of Ciénaga, the Colombian Navy said. Colombia’s Coast Guard Station Santa Marta and the Magdalena’s Technical Investigation Corps Prosecutors Office executed the interdiction. The ship, the “Ping May,” had arrived from England and was bound for the Netherlands when agents found 40 packages of cocaine. “The operation was developed by strengthening units and port controls by the Navy, which in this specific case allowed to conduct research in coordination with the CTI, establishing the cargo ship was contaminated,” the Colombian Navy said in a prepared statement.center_img By Dialogo September 02, 2014last_img read more

Rays of hope: Tampa Bay’s underdog attitude paves way for potential powerhouse

first_imgNEW YORK — Hope is a dangerous thing.If that reads familiar, it’s because it’s an iconic quote muttered by Ellis “Red” Redding in the classic 1994 film “The Shawshank Redemption.” The line isn’t dripping with optimism or gusto. Morgan Freeman’s velvety baritone delivery doesn’t give the scene warm-hug-from-grandpa feels. Rather, it’s a warning — hope is delightful and comforting, but it’s also precarious. Hope can carry you great distances and propel people and teams to accomplish things previously thought unattainable — but it can also pull the chair out from underneath you.When we think of hope, it’s often in the positive, and we don’t attach danger to it. In 2019, the Rays embody the best of the concept: They’re en route to another 90-win season and they’re thinking October, not spoiler. They reinforced the rotation in the offseason and have fully embraced new-age pitching ideas. The organization is being rewarded for banking on hope.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThis year’s club is also loaded with talent — the roster is the deepest it has been in years. That’s not to say the roster isn’t flawed. The Rays have had bullpen issues. Starting pitching is wearing a bit thin. They don’t have true power in the lineup. And for all of the organization’s faults — we know them; the payroll restrictions, the stadium, the lame two-city idea — Rays players praise scouts and front-office executives for putting the team in a position to succeed. So, what’s it like being on a Rays team when the stars are arriving and aligning?”I’ve been trying my best not to look at public opinion. We’ve just got to show up and play,” rookie first baseman Nate Lowe told Sporting News.Then he made an interesting admission: “It’s nice to get a little recognition.”That recognition is coming in several forms. First, Lowe, in just his third week in the majors, was announced as the American League Player of the Week after hitting .471 with three home runs and a 1.059 slugging percentage in four games. Second, the Rays will be playing a nationally televised game Wednesday night vs. the Yankees, something that’s foreign to a franchise viewed as a perennial underdog.Needless to say, it means a lot to players in the Rays’ clubhouse.”The less attention that gets paid to you, you stay hungry,” outfielder Austin Meadows said. “You’re not always in the spotlight. You continue to play hard. You don’t get noticed a lot, but I feel like that’s kind of a good thing when you’re wanting to win, and wanting to beat really, really good teams. “The teams that get the stardom — the Yankees and Red Sox that get the stardom as they do — for us, it just keeps us hungry and more motivated to go out there and play.”Meadows, who was acquired from the Pirates last July in the Chris Archer trade, knows he’s part of the Rays’ future. Along with Nate Lowe, Brandon Lowe (no relation in bloodline or pronunciation), Blake Snell, Willy Adames and others, he’s a key piece in a new core that’s solidifying.GATTO: Incredible bulk: Why the Rays’ pitching strategy actually makes senseThe last time a Rays core ascended, the team made the World Series under Joe Maddon in 2008. Back then, Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton and Ben Zobrist played vital roles in the run and James Shields headed up a solid rotation. Since that World Series berth, Tampa Bay has finished last in the AL East once, won the division once and registered 90 or more wins in five of those seasons, most recently in 2018.Last season is proving not to be a one-off. Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, the longest-tenured Ray and the team’s “elder” statesman, sees something different with this year’s squad.”The camaraderie that this team has had since Day 1 is unlike any other team that I’ve ever been a part of,” Kiermaier said. “We all get along, we all like each other. That’s been different in that aspect. But I also think we just have more talent in the room than I’ve ever been part of.”The talent is obvious. Brandon Lowe is a Rookie of the Year candidate. Tyler Glasnow, who came over with Meadows last year, was in the midst of a Cy Young campaign before suffering a forearm injury. Oh, and the Rays also have a top-three farm system filled with major league-ready prospects.Considering how many jokes are flung in the Rays’ direction, the amount of success they’ve had in a division that features Brinks-truck organizations in New York and Boston should earn them more praise and recognition.”We have a chip on our shoulder, honestly,” Meadows said. “We go out there, we play every single day hard for each other. We realize where we’re at. We realize who we have to compete with: the Yankees, the Red Sox, all those guys. For us, we’re hungry, each and every day. … We’re all young, and we all play for each other, and that’s a recipe for winning.”MORE: Austin Meadows talks rhinos, trades and more”Definitely, the youth movement has taken over the clubhouse,” Kiermaier, 29, said, echoing Meadows’ words. “This is an absolute joy to be a part of. It’s fun being the older guy, ’cause I can sit here and try to give guys a lot of words of advice or drop wisdom on them here or there. “People helping people is what makes the world go ’round, and the baseball world. I learned from other guys, and now I’m sitting here, giving back, teaching the younger guys. And hopefully in four or five years, they can do the same with guys being called up, as well.”And what will happen in four or five years? Should the Rays finally secure that elusive World Series victory, it’ll be the equivalent of Andy Dufresne wading through hundreds of yards of foulness you can’t even imagine. Say what you will about Tropicana Field, which bears a slight resemblance to Shawshank Prison (not in function, but in form) — the young men playing underneath that dome are playing well.The Rays enter Wednesday night’s matchup with the Yankees 1-1 in their four-game set and 5-10 vs. New York overall this season. But the head-to-head record since 2010 has been much closer than some care to admit: The Yankees have won 95 games against the Rays, while the Rays have notched 88 Ws of their own. They have an 87-90 record against Boston over the same stretch. This is a team that’s on the verge of changing the narrative. It’s time to start paying attention.Will the Rays win it all in 2019? Who’s to say? We still have to get past the trade deadline — the Rays’ front office may have to sacrifice some of that young talent to add to the bullpen and the offense. We also have to get through the late summer, when young teams have been know to hit a wall. For now, though, a few things are apparent: They have the talent. They have a window. And Monday night’s hero, Travis d’Arnaud, believes they have something else.”There’s a lot of hope.”And that’s a dangerous thing.last_img read more

Officials: Two People Struck by Lightning on Florida Beach

first_imgThe second person is still being examined at by medics on scene.This is a developing story. According to Clearwater Police, the incident happened on Clearwater Beach.One person was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Two people are in the hospital after getting struck by lightning in the Tampa Bay area Sunday, authorities say.last_img

Selects send message to rest of zone with lopsided win at Creston Blitz tourney

first_imgThe Nelson Selects looked good in a tune up for the Kootenay Zone Playoffs by sweeping away the competition in the U14 Boy’s Division of the Creston Blitz Youth Soccer Tournament Sunday in the East Kootenay City.The Selects, defeating Columbia Valley 4-0 in the Final, outscored the opposition 17-1 in the tournament.Micah May and Sam Woodward, jumping on a rebound from a James Miller shot, scored late in the first half to give Nelson all the goals it would need.May and Nolan Percival completed the scoring in the second half.“This was a dominant performance by Nelson over the team that knocked them out at provincial playdowns last season,” said coach Dan Szabo.
Trevor Giles registered the shutout in goal for Nelson.The Selects host the Kootenay Zone playdowns June 11-12 at Lakeside Pitch in Nelson.The Selects opened the tourney with two wins Saturday, overcoming very poor field conditions.Spencer Szabo scored three times to lead the Nelson past Kootenay East of Cranbrook 4-0. Percival had the other goal.Nelson then advanced to the final with a one-sided 9-1 rout of Kootenay South.The Selects were no match for Kootenay South, scoring the first goal a minute into the contest. Nelson added two more goals before the five-minute mark.Percival, U13 call-up Quinn Dawson and May each scored twice while Nicholas Wethal, Galen Boulanger and Szabo added singles.Four teams, including Nelson, Columbia Valley, Kootenay East and Kootenay South, will meet for the Kootenay title.The winner represents the zone at the B.C. Provincial B Cup in July. The tourney is hosted in [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgSanta Anita will offer a $1 million guaranteed all-stakes Late Pick 4 on Opening Day, Dec. 26. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2016)–Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, which opens Monday, Dec. 26, will offer fans a comprehensive pari-mutuel betting menu that will include an enhanced Pick Six with a Single Ticket Jackpot component. Seventy percent of the pool will continue to be paid out to those with six winners, and the same 70 percent will be carried over in the event there are no tickets with six winners. Consolation tickets will now be paid with 15 percent of the remaining pool, while the remaining 15 percent will be allocated for a separate “jackpot,” which will be paid in the event of a single winning ticket. On a mandatory payout day, consolation payoffs will be made just as they ordinarily would on any other racing day.   Santa Anita will also continue to offer the nation’s lowest major track takeout of 15.43 percent on win, place and show wagers, as well as the popular 50 cent Players Pick Five, one dollar exactas, one dollar trifectas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, one dollar rolling Pick Threes, an early and late 50 cent Pick Four, a one dollar Super High Five and 10 cent Superfectas.Santa Anita’s 2016-17 Winter Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following:-$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekend (excluding Sun. Feb. 5)                -$300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekday                -$100,000 guaranteed Pick 6 each weekend                -The 50 cent Players Pick 5. Comprised of races one through five, the Pick Five features a low takeout of 14 percent. If no one correctly selects all five winners, 100 percent of the net pool is carried over to the next racing day.                -Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation.                -One dollar Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners required).                -10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start).                -One dollar Exactas are offered on each race.                -The newly enhanced two dollar Pick Six will be offered on the final six races each day.                 -The 50 cent early Pick 4 will cover races two, three, four and five, each day. The Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card.                -Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout.                -One dollar rolling Pick Threes will be offered beginning with the first race each day.                -One dollar Super High Five, which requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers in each day’s final race (minimum of eight runners) will again be offered. If no one selects the top five horses in exact finish order, 100 percent of the net pool carries over to the next day.                For more information on Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more