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Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:36:27 -0700

Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:10:02 GMT


Honduras: Files Suggest Police Leaders Ordered Killings of

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 16 Apr 2016 - MEXICO CITY - More than a dozen conspirators gathered at the headquarters of the Honduran National Police just after 9:30 p.m. One of them clicked open a briefcase, and bundles of American dollars were distributed among the police officers - payment for the next day's hit job. After everyone else filed out of the room, the three highest-ranking officers stayed behind to make a call.

Costa Rica: Advocates Of Drug Policy Reform Have A New Voice In Costa

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT

The Tico Times, 05 Sep 2014 - LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin, a retired major with the Maryland State Police, says that drug policy needs to focus on health first, not criminal prosecutions, during a press conference on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times Costa Rica will become the first country in Central America to host a branch of the drug policy reform organization Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, the group announced at a press conference Friday morning. The announcement took place after a week of debate on drug policies in the Americas at the Fifth Latin American and First Central American Conference on Drug Policy in San Jose. LEAP, a 13-year-old nonprofit organization of current and former law enforcement members, aims to legalize illicit drugs as a solution to the violence and corruption that has snaked its way across the Americas in the last five decades. LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin, a retired major with the Maryland State Police in the United States, told The Tico Times that he is excited to finally have an active branch of the group in Central America.

Costa Rica: Costa Rica Installs Coastal Radar To Monitor Drug

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Latin American Herald-Tribune, 10 Apr 2014 - SAN JOSE President Laura Chinchilla inaugurated on Thursday a radar station on Costa Rica's Pacific coast that will be a tool in the country's fight against drug trafficking and illegal fishing. The radar, which has a range of 50 nautical miles, is located in Puerto Caldera.

Honduras: U.S. Won't Send Radar Data To Honduras In Dispute

Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Ledger-Enquirer, 01 Apr 2014 - MEXICO CITY - The U.S. government has ceased providing Honduras with radar tracking information out of concern that a new policy allowing its forces to shoot down aircraft suspected of hauling narcotics does not have enough safeguards to prevent error. A statement from the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa distributed Tuesday said other U.S.-financed counternarcotics programs would not be affected, but that Washington already has ceased sharing certain types of information and assistance with Honduras.

Costa Rica: Inaction From Costa Rican Legislature Leaves U.S.

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 07:00:00 GMT

The Tico Times, 16 Jul 2013 - Costa Rica's public security minister says the inability for U.S. joint patrol vessels to dock in Costa Rica sends the wrong message to drug traffickers. United States Coast Guard and Navy vessels participating in joint drug patrols are left out to sea without permission to dock in Costa Rica after the legislature failed to take up a vote on the measure before going on break, the daily La Nacion reported on Tuesday.

Guatemala: No Drug Policy Change As OAS Assembly Wraps Up

Sat, 08 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Tulsa World, 08 Jun 2013 - The Organization of American States ended its general assembly meeting Friday without including the themes of decriminalizing or legalizing drugs in its final declaration as some countries had hoped. Host country Guatemala, whose president has pressed for some form of legalization, had predicted the declaration would include a change in antidrug policy.

Guatemala: In Americas, Resistance To Legal Marijuana

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 07 Jun 2013 - ANTIGUA, Guatemala - Whatever noisy hints Latin America has been making about a defiant march toward legalizing marijuana, the summit meeting of Western Hemisphere foreign ministers that ended Thursday revealed how rocky that path would be - and how many nations remained reluctant to join it. The meeting, the annual General Assembly session of the Organization of American States, followed a report by the organization that called for "flexible approaches" in drug policy and included a headline-grabbing suggestion that the legalization of marijuana be seriously discussed.

Costa Rica: OAS: Is The War On Drugs A Failure?

Tue, 04 Jun 2013 07:00:00 GMT

The Tico Times, 04 Jun 2013 - "No international entity is going to dictate legalization, and certainly not to the United States," a top U.S. official says. ANTIGUA, Guatemala -- Four decades after Washington launched its international "war on drugs" in Latin America (the U.S. no longer uses that term), members of the Organization of American States' General Assembly are questioning the logic behind what is increasingly viewed in the region as a failed policy.

Guatemala: Guatemalan Leader Sees Paradigm Shift On Drug Policy

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:00:00 GMT

Stabroek News, 14 Feb 2013 - MADRID, (Reuters) Guatemalan President Otto Perez said yesterday he is feeling less alone in his drive to re-think the fight against drug-trafficking than a year ago, when he shocked fellow Central American leaders with a proposal to decriminalise narcotics. Guatemala, like its neighbour Mexico, is racked by violence from drug-trafficking cartels that ship South American cocaine to the United States. A Central American nation of 15 million people, Guatemala has one of the world's highest murder rates.