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Panama Crime Series, Part 99

Cocaine found floating near Taboga – The National Aeronaval Service seized 20 packets of cocaine floating 13 nautical miles off Taboga Island. No arrests have been made but the investigation continues. Killed in Colon- Rafael Perez Sanjur, age 37 and also known as Wabi, was murdered late Sunday night near Portobelo, Colon. He was shot in the head,…

Special Anti-Gang Group Created After Family Murder

President Juan Carlos Varela announced the creation of a special gang fighting group to rout out gang leaders and members operating in Panama City and Colon. The announcement came following the shooting death of a family of four in the San Antonio neighborhood of La Chorrera on Friday night. Roberto Acosta, age 28, his wife and two…

Gang Hits Panama City Restaurants

A group of criminals with extensive rap sheets held up at least 11 Panama City restaurants this month. Police say that the armed Panamanian gang’s modus of operandi is to arrive in rented cars and make off with the restaurant’s cash register, as well as client phones, wallets and jewelry. Businesses attacked include Brujas de Cachiches in Obarrio, El Tambal on Vía Porras, Peskito and El…

Panama Crime Series, Part 98

Peruvian tourists assaulted – A Peruvian couple was assaulted in a chauffered car on Justo Arosemena Avenue late Tuesday night. They were coming from the airport when a taxi crashed into their car. Minutes later, another car arrived on the scene, and two men got out to steal Peruvians suitcases and $7,000 in cash. The tourists were then bound…

Varela to Increase Citizen Security

President-elect Juan Carlos Varela announced that he will transfer 700 to 1,000 National Border Service, National Air Service and Insitutional Protection Service units to provide citizen security. Security experts view this interagency effort as a positive initiative since the National Police is overloaded with crime, and the incoming government hopes that the outgoing administration will share any specific security concerns for…