Argentina Ramps Up Drug War with Artillery Speedboats to Patrol Rivers

By: Raquel García - @venturaG79 - Dec 5, 2016, 12:50 pm
The boats will be manned with front and rear canons and machine guns. (FDRA-nava.blogspotl)

EspañolArgentina’s government plans to buy Isreali artillery speedboats to combat drug trafficking on the Paraná River, one of the country’s principal entry-points for Marijuana.

The Paraguay-Parána waterway reportedly sees the circulation of some 10,000 tons of cannabis, making up 20 percent of Paraguay’s production, but now Argentina is trying to lower that percentage.

The speedboats selected by the government are called Shaldag, a model that moves as fast as 46 miles per hour. Argentina’s Ministry of Security negotiated the acquisition of at least four of these boats.

They are reportedly armed at the bow and stern with a typhoon canon that launches projectiles of 25 mm, as well as two 50 caliber machine guns. Authorities said the boats also have the ability to beach quickly so troops can be deployed.

Last month, the Minister of Security Patricia Bullrich visited Israel to speak with technology business representatives and attended an international conference about border control.

Drug smuggling is located in the northeast region by the Paraná River, which is used for moving large quantities of drugs. Later on, those drugs are stockpiled and then transported to city centers.

Meanwhile, the northwest part of the country reportedly receives its drugs from planes flying in from Bolivia, as well as the “bombing” of cocaine. In that area, there is little radar and drug traffickers can operate without having to worry about confronting the sparse personnel dedicated to the area.


The government also plans to acquire two spy planes from France. The air force is looking for tactical transport to fulfill its specific role of moving equipment and personnel.

Officials expect these purchases to better equip the country to combat drug trafficking by land, air and water.

Source: La Nación.

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Raquel García is a Venezuelan journalist with over 16 years of experience in digital outlets and radios. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Follow her @venturaG79.

Mexican Congressmen Look to Regulate Army Patrolling of Streets

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Dec 5, 2016, 10:24 am

EspañolOfficials from various political parties in Mexico are urging congress to approve an interior security law that would regulate the army while it is carrying out enforcement on the streets. Both lawmakers and specialists said that keeping the military on the streets "depletes" the army. At one point, the Secretary of National Defense was one of the most trusted institutions in Mexico, but it has reportedly lost 30 percent of its approval over the last 10 years. "It's clear they did not ask them to take to the streets to carry out public security," said Democratic Revolution Party Congressman Waldo Fernández. "It was by necessity and in response to the circumstances of the moment. The armed forces need a legal framework for action." Read More: Bankrupt Venezuela Can’t Pay its Diplomats Around the World Read More: Venezuela Wants to Regulate Social Media to “Prevent Violence” Academic at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching Ximena Medellín said she is against the Mexican army carrying out police tactics on the streets, saying that over the last 10 years there has been no evidence indicating crime has diminished for what she considers to be "failed policy." She said the measure not only affects citizens, but also the armed forces itself, which has experienced increasing institutional, technical and operational tension, making it lose the relevance it should have. Congressional Coordinator Cérsar Camacho of the Institutional Revolution Party and Congresswoman Martha Tamayo presented a new law that will serve as the basis for addressing this issue in the Mexican Parliament and could even see approval from the federal government. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "The Mexican army, on account of its discipline, organization and availability, has been for many years the principal resource the nation has had for confronting and containing different security challenges each time they present themselves to the nation," Tamayo said. "Both in support of disasters and in fighting organized crime." This legislative initiative aims to create a declaration of protection for internal security and to regulate government intervention in this area. "It gaurentees the Mexican people a judicial framework that responds effectively to interior security threats, from an updated and comprehensive perspective that allows them to face new challenges," the official said. Source: El Universal

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