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Amid suspicions, a leftist organization of ex-Shining Path guerillas, known as Movadef, is prepping to launch mayoral candidates in at least three districts across Peru.
Peru’s cheap and bountiful cocaine supply is attracting criminal groups the world over, and these criminal groups are preparing for a vicious war, according to a report by the Peru21 website.
Edgar Mejía Asencio, alias "Izula," an alleged former commander of the Shining Path's Upper Huallaga faction who was arrested October 13, recently spoke with La Republica about his experience with the rebel group. He talks about the rebels' longtime involvement in the drug trade and says that his guerrilla unit was capable of producing almost five tons of cocaine a year.
Peruvian police arrested several coca growers in the central Huanuco region of Peru last week, for alleged connections to Florindo Eleuterio Flores Hala, alias "Comrade Artemio," leader of the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) armed group.
This video clip released by the Peruvian news network ATV program "Día D" last Sunday shows Florindo Eleuterio Flores Hala, alias "Comrade Artemio," leader of the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) armed group instructing supporters on the activities to be carried out in the coming months to support the Shining Path.
Bolivian government spokesperson, Sacha Llorenti, announced yesterday that Peru, Bolivia and Brazil all plan to hold a meeting to coordinate future policies in the fight against drug trafficking.
A March 2009 U.S. diplomatic cable from Lima written by then U.S. Ambassador to Peru, P. Michael McKinley, to Washington D.C. and released by the WikiLeaks whistle-blower website, chronicles a long history of Peruvian military involvement in drug trafficking in the Andean nation.
The Sinaloa Cartel reportedly maintains two armed cells at the border between Ecuador and Peru, according to a district attorney general's office. Another report by Australian press highlights the cartel's increased presence in major cities like Sydney and Melbourne.
- Peruvian criminal syndicates are running a human trafficking network into Ecuador, La Hora reports. The newspaper says underage and parentless children are often forced to work as street vendors or bartenders in Ecuador. It's not clear how many kids are trafficked or how many make the trip on their own. One estimate is that between four to ten minors travel from Peru to Ecuador a day. Last year, Ecuadorean police said 135 children reported "missing" from Peru were found in Ecuador.