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In a cable sent to the US Embassy in Asunción, released by WikiLeaks, US officials outline the "need" to obtain information about Islamic militant activity, its connections to organized crime and its penetration of the Paraguayan state, especially along the tri-border area.
Argentina has become a hub for human traffickers in the region, with over 700 women from all over the world forced into sexual slavery over the past year and a half.
A U.S. Embassy cable sent from Buenos Aires last year claims that Argentina is being flooded with drug money due to the country’s weak stance on fighting organized crime.
The recent arrests of three Argentines in Spain highlight the increasing use of this country as a trampoline to send drugs to Europe. The use of Argentina as a drug transhipment point also seems to have led to increased corruption and more local drug consumption.
Argentina narrowly avoided sanctions Wednesday for its failure to tackle money laundering, reflecting growing international concern about drug trafficking profits being laundered through the country’s poorly-regulated financial system, helped by rampant corruption, government indifference, and increasing penetration by the drug trade.
Police in Argentina have arrested the alleged top financial operative of a very wealthy but for a long time little-known Colombian drug network, accused of laundering millions of dollars through the country's soccer clubs.
Paraguay will begin patrolling its border with Bolivia by air in order to crack down on drug trafficking, reports La Razon. Tucano combat planes were deployed April 27 at noon from Paraguay, to begin monitoring any illicit flights entering Paraguayan airspace from Bolivia. Argentina is also reportedly considering a law that would authorize shooting down planes suspected of smuggling drugs into the country. According to one member of the opposition party, there are between 100 and 150 such flights entering Argentina every day, reports EFE.
The presidents of Mexico and Argentina agreed to increase their cooperation in the fight against organized crime, signing an extradition treaty at a meeting in Mexico.
Argentina's authorities arrested four suspected members of a gang, two of them from China, who allegedly targeted Chinese establishments for extortion in the area around Buenos Aires.