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How Organized Crime Corrupted Peru's Main Seaport

Written by Loren Riesenfeld

Friday, 22 May 2015

The seaport in Callao, Peru

A new report sheds light on how criminal groups coordinate with corrupt officials to smuggle hundreds of tons of cocaine out of Peru's principal seaport every year.

According to an investigation conducted by La Republica, criminal groups are able to smuggle drugs through Peru's major port in the city of Callao by bribing workers and other officials. One source quoted in the report -- a former drug trafficker -- said the port's security chief charges around $20,000 dollars for entry to the port, and longshoremen are paid at least $10 dollars per kilo of cocaine. 

The networks of corrupt port workers know to only load containers with cocaine once they have already passed a customs inspection, according to the drug trafficker interviewed by La Republica. If containers are selected for a second inspection, traffickers are typically notified by their customs contacts hours in advance. 

Furthermore, interd…

Dominican Republic mango exports top US$17.6M last year: Agro chief

Economy - 22 May 2015, 5:10 PM

Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic mango exports was nearly US$17.6 million last year led by varieties Tommy Atkins and Keitt, sold mainly in the US, Britain and other European countries and Caribbean islands.

Agriculture minister Angel Estevez provided the figure in a meeting with mango growers in various parts of the country to announce Mango Expo 2015 in the city of Bani (south) from June 11 to 14.

The fair aims to promote production, processing, marketing and consumption of the Dominican mango in domestic and international markets.

He said the quality of the Dominican mango has become a country brand in markets abroad and said the country can boost production by more than 1,000% in the coming years.

Estevez, accompanied by Foreign Ministry International Cooperation director Laura Naut and other officials, said from the 2.5 million boxes of mangoes exported now, growers together with authorities can increase it to 25 million,“because the country’s climate …


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