Colombian Army Captures Alleged Narco-trafficker Hermes Alirio Casanova Ordoñez

first_imgMexican Army Soldiers along with Federal and State police recently seized 5,022 kilograms of marijuana and arrested a man in the city of Playas de Rosarito, located in the northwestern state of Baja California. Among the suspects captured by anti-narcotics agents were Aurelio Araujo and Carmen Mariela Morales, the alleged leaders of the drug trafficking gang. Law enforcement authorities charged them with organizing and financing drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations. Uruguay’s Operation Anambe nets 17 suspects on drug charges Casanova Ordoñez allegedly served as the link between the Western Bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Clan Úsuga narco-trafficking gang, and two Mexican organized crime groups, Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. U.S. federal law enforcement authorities accuse him of trafficking more than 100 tons of Colombian cocaine into the United States, and in February, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated him as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Mexican Army, Police seize 5,022 kilograms of marijuana Mexican Army, Police seize 5,022 kilograms of marijuana Uruguayan counter-narcotics officers recently captured 17 suspects of an alleged drug trafficking gang which sailed cocaine-filled boats between the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula. Uruguayan counter-narcotics officers recently captured 17 suspects of an alleged drug trafficking gang which sailed cocaine-filled boats between the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula. Treasury officials have named more than 1,600 individuals and entities under the Kingpin Act since June 2000 according to the Treasury Department. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil fines of up to $1.075 million to more severe criminal penalties, that may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million for corporate officers. Law enforcement officers took the suspects into custody as part of Operation Anambe, which included raids by Uruguayan law enforcement officers in the cities of Montevideo, Maldonado, Piriápolis, Punta del Este and Ciudad del Plata. During the arrests, they also seized 17 motor vehicles, two boats and undisclosed amounts of money and gold. The Baja California Coordination Group, comprised of Soldiers and police officers, received an anonymous tip during the early hours of December 20 that a man was putting large packages in SUVs. José Guido, 54, tried to flee, but security forces captured him and seized 290 bales of marijuana, which authorities suspect he intended to transport into the United States. The Colombian National Army announced December 21 the capture of Hermes Alirio Casanova Ordoñez, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of brokering deals between Colombian terrorists and drug traffickers and Mexican transnational criminal organizations. Soldiers arrested him in the Department of Valle del Cauca. Casanova Ordoñez allegedly served as the link between the Western Bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Clan Úsuga narco-trafficking gang, and two Mexican organized crime groups, Los Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. U.S. federal law enforcement authorities accuse him of trafficking more than 100 tons of Colombian cocaine into the United States, and in February, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated him as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Mexican Army Soldiers along with Federal and State police recently seized 5,022 kilograms of marijuana and arrested a man in the city of Playas de Rosarito, located in the northwestern state of Baja California. Uruguay’s Operation Anambe nets 17 suspects on drug charges By Dialogo December 23, 2014 Treasury officials have named more than 1,600 individuals and entities under the Kingpin Act since June 2000 according to the Treasury Department. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil fines of up to $1.075 million to more severe criminal penalties, that may include up to 30 years in prison and fines up to $5 million for corporate officers. Law enforcement officers took the suspects into custody as part of Operation Anambe, which included raids by Uruguayan law enforcement officers in the cities of Montevideo, Maldonado, Piriápolis, Punta del Este and Ciudad del Plata. During the arrests, they also seized 17 motor vehicles, two boats and undisclosed amounts of money and gold. The Baja California Coordination Group, comprised of Soldiers and police officers, received an anonymous tip during the early hours of December 20 that a man was putting large packages in SUVs. José Guido, 54, tried to flee, but security forces captured him and seized 290 bales of marijuana, which authorities suspect he intended to transport into the United States. The Colombian National Army announced December 21 the capture of Hermes Alirio Casanova Ordoñez, an alleged drug trafficker suspected of brokering deals between Colombian terrorists and drug traffickers and Mexican transnational criminal organizations. Soldiers arrested him in the Department of Valle del Cauca. Among the suspects captured by anti-narcotics agents were Aurelio Araujo and Carmen Mariela Morales, the alleged leaders of the drug trafficking gang. Law enforcement authorities charged them with organizing and financing drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations.last_img read more

BLOG: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Consumers

first_imgRead more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Teresa Miller, Insurance Commissioner SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Protecting Pennsylvania’s Consumerscenter_img January 13, 2016 Efficiency,  Government That Works,  The Blog,  Year in Review Since taking office, Governor Wolf and I have set consumer protection as the Insurance Department’s top priority. A big part of helping consumers is letting them know that we are here as a resource for them, and under Governor Wolf’s direction, we have substantially increased our consumer outreach.There were many times throughout 2015 where Governor Wolf and I took an active stand in order to put consumers first and protect them from future harm.Keeping Rates LowI’m also very proud of the work done by my department in reviewing individual and small group health insurance rates this year to ensure that we balanced the needs of the companies involved without placing too much burden on consumers through drastic rate increases. My department was able to save Pennsylvania’s consumers nearly $81 million – an outcome that wasn’t the case in all other states. I’m glad we can tell that story here.CHIPShortly after taking office, we addressed an issue where families enrolled in the full-cost CHIP program were facing tax penalties, because these plans did not meet minimum essential coverage standards dictated by the Affordable Care Act. We worked quickly to bring these plans up to MEC standards and obtained waivers so these families would avoid the tax penalty. Under the direction of Governor Wolf, we brought the remaining CHIP plans up to MEC standards so that more than 150,000 Pennsylvania children enrolled in the program could enjoy improved benefits and coverage standards.Highmark/UPMCThe Insurance Department is also continuing to play a role in protecting consumers affected by the consent decrees signed by Highmark and UPMC in 2014. My department supported Governor Wolf’s decision to go to court in order to protect the access of more than 180,000 seniors in western Pennsylvania to the doctors and hospitals of their choice, by requiring UPMC to stay in Highmark’s Medicare Advantage program, consistent with the terms of the consent decrees.Saving Consumers MoneyAway from the health side, we’ve taken a stand against unfair pricing tactics like the “widow’s penalty” and price optimization – a practice that occurs when insurers consider factors unrelated to expected losses and expenses, such as a customer’s likelihood to shop around for a better price, when setting rates. I issued notices to insurers to remind them that these practices are unfairly discriminatory and my department will not authorize rates that impose costs where additional risk can’t be proven.We’re also continuing to pursue other consumer protection issues, including surprise balance billing, which occurs when patients receive a bill for a service received at an in-network facility with an in-network provider but encounter an out-of-network provider at some point during care.What’s Next?These accomplishments demonstrate the Wolf Administration’s strong commitment to putting consumers first through increasing access to health insurance, ensuring consumers are treated fairly by companies, and educating the public on issues so consumers have the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.As we move into 2016, we’re going to continue to focus on finding solutions to issues that affect consumers every day.Find Us OnlineOver the summer, we revamped the Insurance Department website to make it much more user-friendly, and we’re making good use of this new platform to reach and educate consumers. We regularly update it with consumer alerts focused on seasonal tips or issues we hear of from consumers, and we’re producing more educational content, such as our videos and shopper’s guide to using and purchasing health insurance, to help consumers make educated and empowered choices.We’ve also joined social media, so head over to Facebook.com/PAInsuranceDepartment or follow us on Twitter @PAInsuranceDept.We’re going to work to become a more visible force in communities around the commonwealth. I want Pennsylvania consumers to know that we’re here as a resource and to connect with consumers in their own environments, and I strongly encourage you to contact us if you have any issues or concerns via our Consumer Services Bureau at 1-877-881-6388 or through our contact form at insurance.pa.govlast_img read more