Saturday, April 24, 2010
Panama has new new counter drug base
Story don Winner La Prensa
Panama's National Naval Air Service inaugurated the new counter drug base in Bahía Piña today, located in the Darien province near the border with Colombia. The base will be used to combat drug trafficking activities in the area. The commander of this security force, Luis Eduardo Ruiz, told reporters today the strengthening of the border region along Panama's Pacific coast will help address security problems that arise in the area. "We have drug trafficking and illegal migration, the two greatest threats in this sector, and the new Darien base will help to alleviate that activity," said Ruiz. With the inauguration of the new Naval Air Station in Bahia Piña brings the total to three such bases that have been activated by the Panamanian government, out of a total of eleven that eventually will be opened along both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. (La Prensa)
Editor's Comment: Law enforcement authorities operating out of the two bases that were opened before this one have already seized more than four tons of cocaine. This strategy will have a significant impact on drug traffickers in the region.