FUSINA troops capture series of Honduran drug traffickers

first_imgJust two days before Don H’s arrest, Los Tigres commandos assigned to FUSINA captured brothers Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, 42, and Luis Alonso Valle Valle, 45, as well as $11.2 million (USD) and several firearms. The two brothers, alleged leaders of the international drug trafficking cartel Los Valles, were caught inside a newly-built hacienda in the town of Florida, in the western department of Copán. FUSINA is reducing drug trafficking into Honduras Los Valles has in recent years trafficked thousands of kilos of cocaine into Guatemala and then into the United States, according to allegations by the U.S. Treasury. That department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) placed the organization on its list of major international drug trafficking groups in August. It works with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization which is one of the top drug trafficking groups in the world. “His detention is only a matter of time,” said director of the Honduran National Police Ramón Sabillón. “The Valle band is one of the largest criminal organizations in Honduras. Their history links them with murders for hire, drug trafficking and illegal distribution of weapons.” “I think there was excellent coordination work and information sharing. This allowed us, I think, to conduct a remarkably coordinated effort,” said Gen. Fredy Díaz Zelaya, chief of the Honduran Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff. Cooperation between Honduran security forces and government agencies is crucial in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, said President Hernández during a press conference following the arrests of Miguel and Luis Valle. It was just the latest in a series of arrests of alleged drug traffickers by Honduran and U.S. security forces – seven in recent months. Just two days before Don H’s arrest, Los Tigres commandos assigned to FUSINA captured brothers Miguel Arnulfo Valle Valle, 42, and Luis Alonso Valle Valle, 45, as well as $11.2 million (USD) and several firearms. The two brothers, alleged leaders of the international drug trafficking cartel Los Valles, were caught inside a newly-built hacienda in the town of Florida, in the western department of Copán. FUSINA’s efforts on land, in the air, and at sea have reduced drug trafficking into Honduras. “Traffickers have had to find new spaces to take the drug to their intended final destination,” said Army Col. Gustavo Paz Escalante. “His detention is only a matter of time,” said director of the Honduran National Police Ramón Sabillón. “The Valle band is one of the largest criminal organizations in Honduras. Their history links them with murders for hire, drug trafficking and illegal distribution of weapons.” A series of arrests FUSINA was created by President Juan Orlando Hernández in February 2014, one month after he was sworn into office, in an effort to aggressively confront international drug traffickers and violent organized crime groups. It’s comprised of 4,400 men and women of the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Public Ministry, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Direction of Migration and the State’s General Intelligence Direction. The group operates throughout the country, with task forces in each of the country’s 18 departments. FUSINA carries out operations every day, on land, in the air, and at sea. “I think there was excellent coordination work and information sharing. This allowed us, I think, to conduct a remarkably coordinated effort,” said Gen. Fredy Díaz Zelaya, chief of the Honduran Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff. In its first eight months of operation, FUSINA has had a dramatic and positive impact. Its troops have seized about 15,000 kilos of cocaine, thousands of firearms, and millions of dollars in cash; additionally, they’ve seized nearly 400 properties that allegedly belonged to criminals. For instance, they’ve seized 52 businesses and homes, including luxury haciendas, which allegedly belong to Los Valles. The suspect, also known as “Don H,” was in an upscale neighborhood nestled in mountains about 15 miles north of Tegucigalpa when he was caught on October 7. Now that he’s in custody, the United States is seeking his extradition. And three days before that, Los Tigres troops captured another Valle brother, José Inocente Valle, 34, in the same department, near the Guatemalan border. They found him inside a house in the town of El Porvenir, and also detained his wife, Marlen Griselda Amaya Argueta. The troops also confiscated a gold-plated AK-47 rifle, 10 passports, a substantial amount of cash, and more than 20 handguns . “Traffickers have had to find new spaces to take the drug to their intended final destination,” said Army Col. Gustavo Paz Escalante. An elite force to fight organized crime and drug trafficking FUSINA’s efforts on land, in the air, and at sea have reduced drug trafficking into Honduras. It was just the latest in a series of arrests of alleged drug traffickers by Honduran and U.S. security forces – seven in recent months. Some people had voiced skepticism about using the Armed Forces to improve public safety by fighting drug trafficking and organized crime, he noted, “but time has proven us right.” The capture of José Valle was historic because it was the first time a member of the Valle criminal family had been arrested in Honduras. Cooperation between Honduran security forces and government agencies is crucial in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, said President Hernández during a press conference following the arrests of Miguel and Luis Valle. In its first eight months of operation, FUSINA has had a dramatic and positive impact. Its troops have seized about 15,000 kilos of cocaine, thousands of firearms, and millions of dollars in cash; additionally, they’ve seized nearly 400 properties that allegedly belonged to criminals. For instance, they’ve seized 52 businesses and homes, including luxury haciendas, which allegedly belong to Los Valles. And three days before that, Los Tigres troops captured another Valle brother, José Inocente Valle, 34, in the same department, near the Guatemalan border. They found him inside a house in the town of El Porvenir, and also detained his wife, Marlen Griselda Amaya Argueta. The troops also confiscated a gold-plated AK-47 rifle, 10 passports, a substantial amount of cash, and more than 20 handguns . The suspect, also known as “Don H,” was in an upscale neighborhood nestled in mountains about 15 miles north of Tegucigalpa when he was caught on October 7. Now that he’s in custody, the United States is seeking his extradition. Los Valles has in recent years trafficked thousands of kilos of cocaine into Guatemala and then into the United States, according to allegations by the U.S. Treasury. That department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) placed the organization on its list of major international drug trafficking groups in August. It works with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization which is one of the top drug trafficking groups in the world. A series of arrests By Dialogo October 16, 2014 In September, before the flurry of arrests, President Hernández lauded the efforts of security forces in a press release. FUSINA is reducing drug trafficking into Honduras International cooperation is another key part of FUSINA’s operations. FUSINA shares information with other Central American countries and the United States. “The system is working,” he said, pledging to continue the battle against drug traffickers and organized crime. “This is only the beginning.” Congratulations to all the members of this elite force and to Honduras for combating such slander in the country. Congratulations, Fusina. It was about time to start getting rid of that cancer that is drowning our society. As a consequence of the series of arrests, only one Valle sibling, José Reynerio Valle, 40, remains at large. Honduran law enforcement authorities are confident they will capture him as well. “All institutions have understood that they must complement each other; share actions and information,” he said. “That’s the reason we have achieved so much in this ongoing battle to recover our peace.” Some people had voiced skepticism about using the Armed Forces to improve public safety by fighting drug trafficking and organized crime, he noted, “but time has proven us right.” An elite force to fight organized crime and drug trafficking Various FUSINA task forces have captured more than 1,500 criminal suspects who are wanted for a wide array of crimes, including homicide, extortion, and drug trafficking. In total, they’ve dismantled at least 41 criminal bands which engaged in extortion and 16 others which commit assassinations for hire. In September, before the flurry of arrests, President Hernández lauded the efforts of security forces in a press release. The capture of José Valle was historic because it was the first time a member of the Valle criminal family had been arrested in Honduras. International cooperation is another key part of FUSINA’s operations. FUSINA shares information with other Central American countries and the United States. Troops with FUSINA, an elite Honduran security force comprised of Army soldiers and National Police agents, recently captured Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of working with Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas. FUSINA was created by President Juan Orlando Hernández in February 2014, one month after he was sworn into office, in an effort to aggressively confront international drug traffickers and violent organized crime groups. It’s comprised of 4,400 men and women of the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Public Ministry, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Direction of Migration and the State’s General Intelligence Direction. The group operates throughout the country, with task forces in each of the country’s 18 departments. FUSINA carries out operations every day, on land, in the air, and at sea. “All institutions have understood that they must complement each other; share actions and information,” he said. “That’s the reason we have achieved so much in this ongoing battle to recover our peace.” Various FUSINA task forces have captured more than 1,500 criminal suspects who are wanted for a wide array of crimes, including homicide, extortion, and drug trafficking. In total, they’ve dismantled at least 41 criminal bands which engaged in extortion and 16 others which commit assassinations for hire. “The system is working,” he said, pledging to continue the battle against drug traffickers and organized crime. “This is only the beginning.” Troops with FUSINA, an elite Honduran security force comprised of Army soldiers and National Police agents, recently captured Héctor Emilio Fernández Rosa, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of working with Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas. As a consequence of the series of arrests, only one Valle sibling, José Reynerio Valle, 40, remains at large. Honduran law enforcement authorities are confident they will capture him as well. last_img

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