Total of 49 tons of cocaine seized by the public force were sent to more than a hundred operations in the United States this Thursday where they would be cremated, informed Panama’s Ministry of Public Security.
“The fight against organized crime has been effective, in the last two years we have achieved a record number of drug seizures. These are huge blows to organized crime and the finances of these criminal groups.” Panama’s Public Security Minister Juan Manuel Pino said in a statement.
Regent of Panamanian Public Security He added that nine officials from various Panamanian government entities are traveling with the cargo. that they would be faithful witnesses to this destruction of drugs” that would be carried out in an incinerator on American soil.
He announced that this year The incinerator project in Panama must be completed Shipment of drugs to the United States and to avoid burning in open space.
Pino highlighted the work done by the Panamanian authorities with regard to drug seizures and noted that so far this year, “Panama has more than 36 tons of confiscated drugs” in more than 135 operations.
Panama minister told that it will be 2023 The same objective has been achieved in 2021 and 2022, where “historic seizures” were achieved.
Panamanian authorities seized a historic figure of 138.41 tonnes of drugs in 2022, of which 108.82 tonnes was cocaine, and apprehended at least 600 people. According to statistics from the Ministry of Public Security, 402 of them were Panamanian citizens and the rest foreigners.
“Panama is doing its job and is taking care that this drug does not end up in the area,” Because if it reaches our shores, our people, it automatically becomes a problem of public order”, said the Panamanian minister.
Panama is used as a bridge for drugs produced in South America And whose main destination is America, which is the biggest consumer of cocaine in the world, and also Europe.