Jamaica seizes 121 kilograms of cocaine Meanwhile in Colombia, authorities released on probation late drug lord Pablo Escobar’s top hit man in exchange for his cooperation in the trial of Elberto Santofimio. John Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, aka Popeye, began four years of probation Aug. after serving as a witness for the state in the Santofimio trial. Velásquez Vásquez’s testimony was instrumental in the conviction of Santofimio for the murder of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán in 1989. Galán, whose campaign pledged to bring cartel members brought to justice, was fatally shot by Escobar’s hit men in a public square outside in Soacha in the department of Cundinamarca, where he was to deliver a speech. He was the favorite to win the election when he was killed on Aug. 18, 1989. Santofimo, a former justice minister and Galán’s rival in the election, is serving a 24-year prison sentence for ordering Galán’s murder. Velásquez Vásquez, 52, had eight years left on the sentence he received after being found guilty for murdering presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán in 1989. After serving as the top hit man for late drug lord Pablo Escobar, he had spent 22 years in prison after confessing to murdering 300 people and coordinating the slayings of 3,000 others. Velásquez Vásquez said he also kidnapped former President Andrés Pastrana and killed his own girlfriend at the behest of Escobar, who led the ruthless Medellin cartel until his death in December 1993. By Dialogo September 01, 2014 Massive seizures of cocaine in Peru and Jamaica and the release on probation of late drug lord Pablo Escobar’s top hit man highlight the last few days of drug-related news. In Peru’s largest seizure in its history, authorities found six tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of coal in Trujillo, police said on Aug. 27. The drugs would have been trafficked to Spain and Belgium, police said. Nine suspects – seven Peruvians and two Mexicans – were arrested in connection with the bust. The interdiction culminated a six-week operation that included cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to Vicente Romero, the head of the Anti-Narcotics Division of Peru’s National Police. The cocaine may belong to a Mexican drug cartel, he added. The seizure represents a major step in Peru’s counter-narcotics fight since 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, Peru is home to 13 regions encompassing 60,400 hectares that grow coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Peruvian 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, preventing 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 is more than halfway to reaching its goal of eradicating 30,000 hectares of illegal coca crops in 2014, according to DEVIDA. “For the first time in several years, Peru is the only country in the Andean region with exponential eradication rates,” DEVIDA President Alberto Otárola told the United Nations Economic and Social Council on July 16. “We have managed to eradicate illegal coca by 17.5% in 2013. DEVIDA’s post-eradication plan seeks to address the problem from a development perspective on three axes – social inclusion, government investment and the environment.” Pablo Escobar’s enforcer cooperates with authorities, granted probation Jamaican security forces also succeeded in counter-narcotics operations. Jamaican authorities recently seized 121.1 kilograms of cocaine. Jamaica’s Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division (TCND) and the Contraband Enforcement Team interdicted the haul during a joint operation at Kingston Wharves, police said in a prepared statement on Aug. 25. The haul is valued at $1.29 million (USD). Authorities found the cocaine in four bags while searching a container that contained lumber on a ship that had arrived from Suriname and was destined for China. Authorities made no arrests in connection with the seizure. Police are asking anyone with information regarding the cocaine’s owner to contact the TCND or the nearest police station.
It was heartbreak for Wales on Wednesday, as they were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Portugal.Cristiano Ronaldo scored and assisted in four second-half minutes as Chris Coleman’s men were denied a place in the final. After live coverage on talkSPORT, the Sports Bar’s phone-in with Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy had a passionate caller. A proud Welsh fan reflects on the tournament, where his nation exceeded expectations in France – listen above! Click here to download the weekly podcast for Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits from iTunes.READ MORE: Euro 2016 – How Wales players fared in the semi-final defeat to Portugal – including Gareth Bale, Hal Robson Kanu and co.
IATO to hold its biennial elections on April 28A meeting was called on March 26 2018, at the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) office for scrutinising the withdrawal of nominations for the forthcoming IATO Elections to be held on April 28, 2018. Pronab Sarkar (Swagatam Tours) was elected as the President of the IATO un-opposed, second time consecutively. The other unopposed candidates include Vice President – Rajiv Mehra (Uday Tours and Travel), Honorary Treasurer – Ravi Gosain (Erco Travels) and Honorary Joint Secretary – Rajnish Kaistha (Paradise Holidays India).Akshay Kumar will be the Returning Officer for the upcoming IATO Elections 2018. After rejections and withdrawals, the final list of candidates who will contest on April 28 includes – EM Najeeb (Airtravel Enterprises India) and Rajeev Kohli (Creative Travel) for the position of Senior Vice President. For the post of Honorary Secretary, Amaresh Tiwari (A.T. Seasons and Vacations Travel) will be contesting against Rajesh Mudgill (Planet India Travels).For the five posts in the Executive Committee (Active), names comprise Deepak Bhatnagar (Aamantaran Travel Company); Mahender Singh (K.K. Holidays N Vacations); Manoj Kumar Matta (Oriental Vacations and Journeys); P.S. Duggal (Minar Travels India); Raj Bajaj (Adventure World India); Sandeep Madhavan (Pettitts India Tours); Sanjeev Joshi (Tourism India Management Enterprises); Sunil Mishra (Cosmos Travels and Tours); Tony Marwah (Indian Travel Promotion Company) and Viney Tyagi (Uni Crystal Holidays).Alongside, Ashok Dhoot (Harsh Travels); Harish K. Lawania (Lawania Adventures); N.S. Rathor (Pooja Travels); P. Vijayasarathi (Benchmark Hotels); Sunil Gupta (Travel Bureau) and Zia Siddiqui (Alliance Hotels and Resorts) will contest for the three Allied posts in the Executive Committee of IATO.