On July 18, the day former Army Capt. Byron Lima -- Guatemala’s one-time “king” of the prison system -- was killed in an apparent squabble with another powerful inmate, his younger brother Luis Lima posted a video on his Facebook page.
The violence plagued city of Palmira saw 46 percent fewer homicides in the first six months of 2016 than in the same period a year earlier, a sign that new security measures are gaining traction in one of Colombia’s most troubled regions.
In what will undoubtedly be the first of many official versions regarding the July 18 murder of Guatemala’s most famous prisoner, Byron Lima, the government’s civilian intelligence agency blamed a jailed drug trafficker for commissioning the attack on Lima for stealing a drug load.
The United Nations' 2016 World Drug Report's finding that Brazil is the most frequent country of departure for cocaine going to African, Asian and European markets has refocused attention on Santos, the country's largest port, and raised questions about the effectiveness of Brazil's overall drug policy and enforcement measures.