Khiron Accelerates Entry into Mexico, Awarded High-THC Extract Export Quotas for Mexico by the Government of Colombia


Source: Yahoo! News

With a population close to 130 million people, Mexico is among the top 15 economies worldwide and second largest in Latin America. Approximately 11.7 million people have conditions treatable with medical cannabis (Source: IMS Quintiles)

Leveraging its Project of National Strategic Interest (PINES) designation, Khiron receives THC extract export quota for Mexico from Colombia, for up to 700 Kg of extract and finished medical product


Mexico’s cartels are experimenting with control of another part of the cocaine trade


Source: Business Inisider

MEXICO — Mexican drug cartels’ longstanding attempts to bring coca plantations out of South America and onto their turf may be bearing fruit.

Mexico’s military found and destroyed a 4-hectare plantation of coca in the mountains of Guerrero state in February. This was the third time authorities have found coca plantations in Mexico. The other two were found in the state of Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, in 2014 and 2020, according to reports.


U.S. sanctions Mexican cartel suspects linked to high-profile attacks


Souce: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The United States has sanctioned two suspected members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) accused of helping organize an attack last year on Mexico City’s police chief and the murder of a former governor of the Jalisco state.

Carlos Andres Rivera Varela, a dual Mexico-Colombia citizen, and Mexican national Francisco Javier Gudino Haro are alleged to be members of a CJNG faction operating out the western beach resort of Puerto Vallarta.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury alleged that the duo “helped orchestrate assassinations using high-powered weaponry on behalf of CJNG”, a gang notorious as one of Mexico’s most violent.


What a Trump Presidency Means for LatAm Organized Crime

11/10/16 InSight Crime

Donald_Trump_August_19,_2015_(cropped)In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the US presidential election, InSight Crime considers the impact his administration could have on security and organized crime in Latin America.

Trump will hold the top office alongside a Republican-dominated Congress, as the party maintained a majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Aside from his common refrain of building a wall along the US-Mexico border, Trump rarely touched on topics concerning Latin America during his campaign. This has created a great deal of uncertainty about his position on a host of issues related to the region, and his foreign policy more generally.

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Pacific Alliance finance ministers eye financial integration

06/30/16 Reuters

FernandoAportelaThe Pacific Alliance trade bloc must improve integration of financial systems to spur investment in key areas such as infrastructure, finance ministers from the four member nations said on Thursday.

The group, composed of Colombia, Mexico, Chile, and Peru, has already reached several accords in areas such as free commerce and immigration rules. But at a summit in the scenic Chilean towns of Frutillar and Puerto Varas, financial leaders stressed that significant opportunities for integration remained.

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Testimony on Drug Trade Highlights System’s Complexity

5/27/16 InSight Crime

opium_poppy_field_-_mexicoIn testimony before Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere subcommittee, InSight Crime Co-Director Steven Dudley discussed some common myths and the decidedly more complex reality of Mexico‘s drug trafficking groups and their role in fueling the US heroin epidemic.

Mexico’s Increased Market Share

US consumption of heroin has increased significantly in the last few years. The reasons for this are complex but have to do with the increase of prescription drugs in the United States, a rise in prices of these prescription drugs and their black market counterparts, and the subsequent safeguards on this prescription medicine market, specifically OxyContin.

The US portion of the world heroin market is small by comparison in terms of users, but outsized in terms of potential earnings. The Rand Corporation estimated in 2014, that US consumers spend as much as $27 billion on heroin each year, an increase from $20 billion per year in 2000.1 Only the marijuana market is worth more in the US.2

Mexican, Guatemalan and Colombian criminal organizations have reacted to these changes by producing more heroin. Only a small percentage of the world’s opium poppy is cultivated in this hemisphere, but after it is processed into heroin, almost all of it is sold in the United States where the number of consumers for the drug has more than doubled since the early 2000s.

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2 Mexican drug traffickers arrested in Colombia

8/21/15 Fox News Latino

Flag-Pins-Mexico-ColombiaTwo suspected members of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel were arrested in the Colombian Caribbean city of Cartagena by police officers working with Interpol, police spokesmen said.

Osvaldo Contreras Arriaga and Omar Ayon Diaz were arrested on Wednesday.

The two Mexican citizens were the subjects of alerts issued by Interpol.

The suspects face drug and money laundering charges in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego.

“These two people were arrested at Rafael Nuñez International Airport when they tried to enter Cartagena accompanied by relatives from Panama and Mexico,” Cartagena Metropolitan Police commander Brig. Gen. Carlos Rodriguez told EFE. The suspects “are wanted for laundering more than $45 million from smuggling drugs from Mexico into the United States,” the police chief said.

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Mexico, Colombia among the best places to get away with crime

Flag-Pins-Mexico-ColombiaA Mexican university presented a study to its Senate last week indicating that their own country, along with Colombia, had some of the highest rates of criminal impunity in the world.

The study, the Global Impunity Index (PDF), by the University of the Americas in Puebla, looked at criminals avoiding punishment in 59 different countries, ranking the home country of escaped cartel kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán and Colombia behind only the Phillipines.

Overall the study included 15 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, and all of those countries ranked in the worse half for impunity.

Costa Rica, at 28, had the lowest impunity ranking in the region.

Originally published in April, the study combined factors such as police per capita, prison capacity, judges per capita and human rights records to award an overall score to each country included. The list only ranked countries where such data was available, excluding countries in Africa, South Asia and many notable countries in Latin America such as Brazil.

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Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru: Better Together

09/21/14 Bloomberg

Export Or Import DirectionsThe Pacific Alliance is achieving significant results. Three years ago, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru decided to move toward deeper economic and commercial integration. The effort was based on our common belief that the free movement of people, goods, services and capital can help us achieve greater welfare and social inclusion for our citizens. Our four countries represent 214 million people, and our economies have a combined gross domestic product of $2.1 trillion, which accounts for 37 percent of Latin America’s total GDP, averaging a 5.1 percent annual growth rate over the past four years.

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Downed plane in Venezuela draws questions from Mexico

Los Angeles Times, 11/7/2013

Photo by Flikr user Rennett StoweWhen a high-ranking officer in the Venezuelan military posted the picture of the burned-up remnants of a small Mexican aircraft this week on Twitter, it launched a flurry of questions. Who had been in the plane? What had it been doing in Venezuela? Was it involved in the drug trade? Why had it gone up in flames? And where was the crew?

Those key questions remained unanswered Thursday afternoon, two days after Venezuelan military officer Vladimir Padrino Lopez posted the photo of the blackened, smoking ruins of the plane, which he identified as a small Hawker passenger jet. The mystery was threatening to create a row between two nations whose diplomatic relationship has been particularly rocky in recent years.

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