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Criminals Used Mexican Postal Service to Move Drugs, Guns

23 January 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Revelations over how criminal groups used Mexico's public postal service to transport drugs, guns and contraband have highlighted the need for authorities to tighten the country's postal inspection regime. In an interview with El Economista, ex-Sepomex Director Purificacion Carpinteyra described how criminals transported illicit goods in trucks bearing the Sepomex logo and even earned genuine Sepomex contracts through offering discount or even free transportation... (

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Ecuador Claims FARC Buying Arms During Peace Talks

16 January 2013

InSight Crime (Bogota) / EFE News Agency

The FARC rebel group has been increasing its arms purchases since the beginning of peace talks with the Colombian government, according to an Ecuadorian general. Army General Fernando Proaño Daza, who commands troops on his country's border with Colombia, told EFE that arms trafficking had increased since the beginning of the peace process, which formally began in October. According to Proaño, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is "taking advantage of... (

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Police Show Routes Guns Smuggled Through Ecuador, Most from Peru

17 September 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Police investigators in Ecuador, long a source of arms for Colombian guerrillas, say that the routes used by gun runners stretch across the country, with most weapons entering via the southern border with Peru. According to an investigation by El Comercio, Ecuadorean police have identified the main routes used by arms traffickers in the country to smuggle guns to armed groups in Colombia. Although the country has been identified as a major source of weapons and... (

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Arrest of Gun Smuggler Points to Illicit Arms Trade in Ecuador

10 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The capture of a FARC operative who obtained arms for the guerrilla group in Ecuador is the latest sign that the country is increasing cooperation with authorities in neighboring Colombia to crack down on rebel activity in its territory. Working with Colombian intelligence, Ecuadorian police arrested Edilson Castro Lopez, alias "Chicanero" (pictured) near Quito on August 4. Chicanero is accused of managing arms purchases for the Joint Western Command of the... (

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Ecuador Authorities Seize Illegal Gun Shipment on Peru Border

2 August 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Ecuadorian authorities seized an illegal shipment of weapons allegedly destined for the FARC that included anti-aircraft munitions and sub-machine guns, on the border with Peru. The shipment, which was confiscated in the border town of Huaquillas on August 1, also contained mortars, anti-tank weapons, and .50 caliber ammunition, reported El Tiempo. Ecuadorian authorities detained two adults and a minor, one of whom was Colombian. El Pais reported that the shipment... (

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Colombia Busts Alleged FARC Arms Dealer

21 June 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

A suspected arms trafficker whose network is accused of supplying 500 rifles to the FARC rebels has been arrested in Colombia. Carlos Enrique Pombo was arrested in Cali in a joint operation between Colombia and US law enforcement, and Interpol. US authorities accuse Pombo's network of smuggling some 500 rifles into Colombia for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group, reported El Tiempo. The accused trafficker has been operating since 2003,... (

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Ecuadoran Smuggled 46 Boxes of Gun Parts, Minneapolis to Paraguay

5 March 2012

Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St Paul)

An Ecuadoran man who helped smuggle 46 boxes of gun parts from Minneapolis to Paraguay was sentenced Monday in St. Paul to two years in federal prison and faces almost certain deportation upon his release. Fabian Lojano-Lojano, speaking through an interpreter, apologized for his actions and told U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle that he didn't know what he was doing when he shipped AK-47 gun parts to Paraguay without obtaining a proper license. "I made the mistake and... (

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1/3 of Femicides Committed With Gun in Latin America and Caribbean [ES]

2 March 2012

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

[Translated summary: Nearly a third of crimes against women are committed with a firearm and in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this indicator is 60% - Small Arms Survey.] El mayor nivel de feminicidios se registra en Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Catorce países latinoamericanos aparecen entre los 25 del mundo con la tasa más elevada de crímenes contra la mujer. El informe de la organización de investigaciones independientes Small Arms Survey,... (

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Ecuador Gun Seizures Point to Military, Security Industry Leakage

17 February 2012

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Ecuador's military seized 170 firearms in the south of the country, raising the issue once again of the country's importance as a transit nation for small arms moving to Colombia. The seizure, which included some 7,000 rounds of munition, shotguns, handguns and rifles, came in the southern province of El Oro which borders Peru. No arrests were made. Ecuadorian authorities carried out the operation just one week after they found a similar, though smaller, cache of... (

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Brazilian Gun Industry Seeks New Markets: Africa and Asia [PT]

27 January 2012

Publica (Brazil)

[Translated summary: With the support of the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Brazilian gun manufacturers seek new markets in countries with a history of human rights violations: Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines and Yemen. Brazil is among the six countries in the world with annual exports exceeding $ 100 million, according to recent research from Small Arms Survey. According to the Army, responsible for supervising and controlling exports from 2005 to... (

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The Ecuadorian Army Destroyed a Total of 3,903 Firearms

15 December 2011

InSight Crime (Bogota)

The Ecuadorian Army has destroyed almost 4,000 illegal weapons seized by the military and the police over the past year. The army destroyed a total of 3,903 firearms in the furnaces of the Adelca steel company in the north of the country on Wednesday, including machine guns, rifles, shotguns, pistols and revolvers, as well as a large amount of ammunition. Edwin Lara, the head of the Department of Arms Control, said the weapons were held for at least 90 days by the... (

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Latin American Governments Target Gun Runners, Countries Making Guns

28 November 2011

United Press International

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Latin America's increasingly ambitious Mercosur regional bloc is aiming to focus on small arms suppliers who are seen as being behind the region's endemic and seemingly insurmountable problem of violent crime. The area's disparate armed groups, guerrillas with political agenda and drug-related gangs have drawn attention from Mercosur's watchdog committees as senior officials explore ways of containing organized crime, rooting out myriad networks... (

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Street Gang Members Give Up Handguns for Destruction in Ecuador

22 February 2009

Christian Science Monitor

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — In the most dangerous neighborhood of Guayaquil — Ecuador's largest and most crime-ridden city — a dozen youths are busy working in the Paz Urbana Print Shop. By the entrance, a young man designs a T-shirt logo with graffiti paint. In the back, amid the hip-hop music and paint fumes, tattooed young men with baggy pants and baseball caps compile an order of worksheets for schools. The print shop is part of an organization of small businesses,... (

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Former Argentinian President On Trial for Smuggling 6,500 Tons of Guns

16 October 2008

Inter Press Service News Agency

BUENOS AIRES — Although he did not show up at court, former Argentina president Carlos Menem began to be tried Thursday in Argentina for his alleged involvement in smuggling arms to Ecuador and Croatia, the biggest corruption scandal during his years in office (1989-1999). According to his lawyer, Omar Daer, the 77-year-old Menem did not attend the first session because "he is not in any state to stand trial" as he is suffering from "stress, severe anemia, diabetes... (

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Ecuador Launches Police Operation Against Illegal Possession of Guns

5 June 2007

People's Daily / Xinhua

The Ecuadorean government on Monday began a police operation to seize illegally-owned weapons to boost citizens' safety, Ecuador's Interior Minister Gustavo Larrea said. Authorities will patrol highways, streets, squares and areas where crime is high, Larrea told a domestic televion on Monday. "Illegally bearing arms is a crime carrying a sentence of up to five years in jail," he said, adding that those with illegal guns should hand the weapons over to the nearest... (

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Pérou,Amérique centrale,Caraïbes,Amérique du Sud,Brésil,Colombie,Équateur,Venezuela

Latin America Top of the Global Gun Death Chart

19 August 2004

Latin America Press

A recent report by the Institute for International Studies in Geneva found that between 73,000 and 90,000 people are killed each year by firearms in Latin America and the Caribbean. With an average of 16 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, Latin America and the Caribbean is the region with the highest percentage of firearm deaths in the world. "At least eight Latin American and Caribbean countries have indices of firearm deaths higher than 10 for every 100,000... (

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Latin America Armed to the Teeth With 80 Million Guns [Es]

3 July 2004

La Opinión (USA), Opinion

GINEBRA — Con una población conjunta de 464 millones de habitantes, 11 países — Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay y Venezuela —, poseen hasta 80 millones de armas de fuego, según revelan los resultados de la Encuesta de armas pequeñas 2004: derechos en riesgo, realizada por el Instituto de Posgrado de Altos Estudios Internacionales, dados a conocer en Ginebra la semana pasada. Exceptuando a Ecuador, todos... (

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Israeli, Colombian Forces Thwart Huge Illicit Gun Deal in Latin America

20 June 2000

St Petersburg Times (Florida)

MIAMI - A joint operation by U.S., Israeli and Colombian authorities may have thwarted one of Latin America's largest illegal arms deals, interrupting alleged plans to ship as many as 50,000 AK-47 automatic rifles, as well as other weapons, to armed groups in Colombia. Police in Colombia and Israel who infiltrated what they described as a $100-million arms smuggling ring say the deal was being underwritten with large sums of counterfeit dollars being manufactured in... (

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