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Panama Expands Use Of Facial Recognition Software

Panama NewsPanama has expanded the use of FaceFirst's facial recognition software system at its Tocumen International Airport.

FaceFirst said its system is now being used at the airport's North Terminal as a result of increased passenger volume at the airport and the system's success in identifying suspect individuals since its introduction at the airport and the country's border crossings in 2011.

"We are proud to be a part of this $936 million investment in the expansion of Tocumen International Airport," said FaceFirst Chief Executive Officer Joe Rosenkratz.

"The inclusion of our technology in this expansion is a testament to its beneficial influence on heightening border security and safety within nations."

FaceFirst said that the facial recognition system has resulted in the apprehension of multiple Interpol suspects, enabled the ongoing tracking and captures of multiple regional and nationally wanted persons, and enabled the geo-fencing of authorized people throughout the larger airport facility since it was first installed.

"The FaceFirst facial recognition system installed at Tocumen is capable of detecting 30 people per day who have a police record or who are wanted by Interpol, and thus are not allowed to enter the country," said (former) Panamanian Minister of Public Security Jose Mulino. (UPI)

Editor's Comment: This helps to explain how Panama has been detecting and arresting a steady string of wanted criminals as they are passing through the Tocumen International Airport as a stop at Copa's "Hub Of The Americas," on the way to their final destination. The bottom line remains the same - if you are wanted for anything, anywhere - stay away from Panama.

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Parents Of Kris Kremers Want To Return Her Remains To Holland

Expat TalesThe parents of Kris Kremers are coming to Panama in two weeks, said Jerome van Pasell, a spokesman for the families of the two young Dutch women who apparently lost their lives in early April in an inhospitable area of Boquete, Chiriqui. (more)

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Italy Opens A New Corruption Investigation (Involving Panama and Martinelli)

CorruptionThe Prosecutor of Naples, Italy launched a new international indictment for aggravated corruption against the Italian citizen Valter Lavítola. (more)

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Panama To Establish US-Backed Counter Drug School

Drug TraffickingUndersecretary of State Against International Drug Trafficking in the United States, William R. Brownfield, on Wednesday visited the headquarters of the Panamanian border police to launch bilateral actions to improve the fight against drug trafficking in the region. (more)

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Panama's (Martinelli's) Anti Corruption Czar Facing Criticism

CorruptionYesterday some elements of the "civil society" in Panama demanded the resignation of the Chief of the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information (Antai), Abigail Benzadón, after she issued a self-assessment report, highlighting the fact that the institution has not brought sanctions against the institutions or officials who have restricted the public's access to information. (more)

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Coast Guard Seizes 719 Kilos of Cocaine Near Panama

Drug TraffickingMIAMI BEACH, Florida — The Coast Guard is reporting an operation in the Caribbean that netted more than $23 million worth of cocaine.

Roughly 719 kilograms of cocaine will be unloaded Thursday at the Coast Guard station in Miami Beach.

The drugs were confiscated during a Sept. 8 interdiction. Officials say a Coast Guard crew was on routine patrol when they spotted a suspicious 208-foot cargo vessel in international waters northeast of Panama.

According to the Coast Guard, the crew found multiple packages of contraband throughout the ship. Thirteen people aboard the ship were taken into custody.

Cmdr. Timothy Cronin says drug smuggling organizations are continuously trying to change their tactics to avoid interdiction.

Earlier this month, the Coast Guard seized about $93 million worth of cocaine during separate operations in the western Caribbean. (AP)

Editor's Comment: About 200 tons of cocaine makes its way through Panama every year. Combined seizures by Panamanian and US authorities total around 50 tons per year. So therefore, about three-quarters of the product gets through.

These traffickers generally do not represent any sort of danger for the 50,000+ Americans and other members of the English speaking community of expatriates in Panama for one simple reason - they are smugglers who are trying to keep as low a profile as possible. Getting tangled up with a "gringo" (for whatever reason) is the opposite of keeping a low profile.

But if you've driven down the highways of Panama, then chances are good that at one point in time you've been next to a vehicle loaded down with a massive haul of cocaine - guarded by a couple of dudes toting AK-47's. That pretty little speedboat out there on the horizon which made your photo of the sunset against the coconut trees just perfect? 250 kilos of coke aboard and headed North. That very nice gentleman you met at the bank with the perfect English, slight accent, and expensive watch? He laundered about $100 million dollars over the past four years.

Just go on about you life - there's nothing to see here. After more than ten years working as an investigative journalist in Panama I learned there's one thing you leave to the authorities to investigate - the drug traffickers and money launderers. If you leave them alone, they will leave you alone. They do your thing, you do yours. Nothing to worry about. And I bring this up because there are probably people out there who are thinking about relocating to Panama as retirees - come on down. These stories about drug smugglers getting busted are nothing more than a part of the scenery, and they do not represent any sort of a worry or danger to the expat community.

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Panama Facing A "Gang Epidemic" : Gandásegui

Crime & PunishmentAccording to the sociologist Marco Gandásegui, the current crime wave being attributed to feuds between rival gangs is an epidemic resulting from wrong decisions made in the past. (more)

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Government Accepting Bids For Metro Line 2

Infrastructure UpgradesThe government of Panama has published the specifications for bidding on the design and construction of Metro Line 2. (more)

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Crane Loses Brakes - Smashes Into Ten Cars

Traffic AccidentsA crane lost its brakes in Loma La Pava at Edison Plaza and collided with at least ten vehicles that were parked along side of the roadway. (more)

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Panama's Economy Will Grow By 7% in 2014

Money MattersPanama's economy grew 6.2% in the first six months of 2014, putting the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at $17.31 billion, or about $1 billion more than the amount registered during the same period last year when it was $16.31 billion, according to reports from the National Institute of Statistics and Census of the Comptroller General of the Republic, and analyzed by the Ministry of Economy and Finance. (more)

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5.1 Earthquake South of Panama

EarthquakesBy Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale struck South of Panama at 11:49 am this morning. (more)

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Ten arrested for killing family in La Chorrera

Crime & PunishmentThe number of persons arrested for the murder of a family in La Chorrera has climbed to ten, as revealed by the President Juan Carlos Varela on Monday. (more)

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Just Released: 2014 Panama Luxury Properties Report

Real EstatePanama continues to attract buyers who are spending $1,000,000 plus on properties in Panama City.

But where are they coming from and why do they choose Panama?

How do they find the properties they are searching for and what precisely are they buying?

Panama Equity's benchmark "2014 Panama Luxury Properties Report" is a 24-page compilation that identifies trends in the market by capturing data points from transactions published in the Public Registry, agent surveys, and in-house closed sales statistics.

Over the last four months Panama Equity's research staff has interviewed developers, buyers, and sellers in Panama City’s luxury market who have participated in $1M plus transactions.

The report pairs this wealth of previously guarded information with Panama Equity's 7+ years serving the demographic of luxury buyers and sellers.

The result? A report that is the first of its kind in Panama.

A few highlights of the report include:

  • Exclusive “Closed Sale” Statistics
  • Pricing Analysis By Neighborhood
  • Buyer Demographics
  • Case Studies
  • Complete Sellers Guide
  • Buyers Guide (Including Basket Of Goods Section)
  • What will $1,000,000 Buy You In Panama?

Click here to download the free report today: http://www.panamaequity.com/luxury-panama-real-estate-report/

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Varela Administration Contradicts Itself Regarding Public Spending Policies

CorruptionContrary to the policy of containment of public spending, the government of President Juan Carlos Varela has appointed his relatives with astronomical salaries. (more)

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UAF Used PAN Money To Remodel Offices and Give Contracts To Friends

CorruptionAlthough the National Assistance Program was created to help the poorest sectors of the country, the Financial Analysis Unit (UAF) - under the control at the time of Enma Reyes - used it to purchase imported luxury building materials in order to remodel their offices. (more)

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New Varela Government Will Kill "Melting Pot" Immigration Program

Immigration IssuesPanama's Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Elizabeth Saint Malo said the government will do just one more "melting pot" (to allow foreigners to normalize their immigration and labor status) before ending the program. (more)

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Birmingham gang boss: I won't die in Panama hell-hole jail

Expat Tales Brooding gangland Mr Big Leo Morgan, under lockdown at the steaming Panamanian jail where he has been left to rot, has made contact with the newspaper – to demand an end to inmates’ sewer conditions.

And the former cocaine cartel kingpin, who narrowly escaped death during a mass riot in notorious La Joya, had a simple message for his Birmingham family: “I’m not going to die here. I’ve become acclimatised to it.”

The former boxer turned drug baron has been confined to a 180-bed block, now crammed with 506 lags, since the bloody riot broke out in “Pavilion Six” three weeks ago.

And the 57-year-old, who survived for years in El Renacer Prison’s rancid, rat-infested conditions before being transferred to a high-security nick deemed even more hardcore, has emerged from the carnage to become spokesman for foreign prisoners.

In all, he has been banged up for 11 years – a stretch punctuated by bouts of solitary confinement.

Morgan has been particularly scathing of the treatment meted out to cellmate Mark Bodden, from British overseas territory, The Cayman Islands. The 37-year-old died after falling eight feet from his makeshift bed.

According to a document leaked by Morgan, it was 12 hours before drugs mule Bodden received medical attention for serious head injuries.

“Mark didn’t have to die,” said Morgan. “It could have been prevented. He died because of neglect.

“He didn’t have to go like that. He kept on about fishing in Cayman but he was a fish out of water here.”

Bodden is the 60th prisoner that Witton-raised Morgan, a once well-known, and feared, city bouncer, has seen die behind bars.

The tough regime has slipped from harsh to subhuman since the riot, where one Canadian suffered serious injury after being trampled by a mob desperately fleeing from the mist curtains of CS spray. Morgan helped drag the victim to safety.

“It just kicked off,” he said matter-of-factly. “They were just robbing. People were fighting back.”

Foreign prisoners are now confined 24/7 in a barn-like wing, and eke out an existence on rice and rainwater.

“It is now really bad,” he said. “It is unbelievable. It’s like the Vietnam War, the body count.

“Toilet? You use a bag or bucket and throw it over the wall.

“You have to get past it. I’d like to run away, but I can’t. I want to put this behind me. I just want to get to my family. It’s just bubbling up.”

Morgan, jailed since a £500,000 haul of cocaine was discovered at his Panamanian ranch, has three children in Birmingham. He also has a family in Central America. One of Birmingham’s most high-profile criminals, he fled Britain following a cannabis smuggling probe 21 years ago,

“We are locked down here, son,” he said. “We can’t go out. I can’t do my boxing.”

The hardman scrapes a living inside by fighting fellow prisoners for cash, and the reputation gained during those brutal brawls has helped Morgan avoid the morgue.

“No-one steps over the mark,” he growled. “You have your little battles and people get to know you.”

One of those little battles only days ago left Morgan nursing another stab wound, his family claims.

“Mosquitoes, malaria come around, but you have to get through it,” he added.

In his quest for better conditions, Morgan has met global diplomats, but has hit a brick wall. “They are not bothered,” he snapped. “They can’t get involved, the MP can’t get involved. What do you do? We’re not in Afghanistan here.”

Morgan is in limbo, without a release date in sight, courtesy of a tug-of-war with cops in Chechnya. They want him in the Russian state to face cocaine trafficking allegations.

“I can’t do with the not knowing and things going on and on,” he admitted. “You don’t know what’s going on. It’s madness.”

Morgan’s harrowing account of incarceration in Panama is borne out by official documents.

A 2012 report by the US bureau of democracy, human rights and labour concluded: “Prison conditions remained harsh and in some cases life-threatening.

“Problems included overcrowding, lack of medical services, lack of potable water and inadequate ventilation, lighting and sewage.”

Morgan’s own sister, Birmingham care home worker Linda Hirst, has little sympathy for his current predicament.

“When he got into what he got into, he knew there was going to be a consequence,” she said. “He brought it on himself. All gangsters eventually have to pay the price. I’ve worked all my life and look at the life I got...” (Birmingham Mail)

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AAUD Investigating PAN Medical Waste Dumping

CorruptionThe Authority of Urban and Household Cleanliness (AAUD) (garbage collection) will conduct special internal audits to determine who was administratively responsible for the unauthorized dumping of hazardous medical waste in the Patacón landfill. (more)

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(Spin Control) Prosecutor Issues Arrest Warrant In CD Call Center Case (See Comments)

CorruptionPanama's Second Anti-Corruption Prosecutor has decided the former Director of Immigration María Cristina González and the former Administrator of the ATP, Solomon Shamah, are not associated to allegations and complaints filed regarding the "call center" operated by the Cambio Democratico (CD) political party. (more)

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Attorney General Opens Official Investigation Against Comptroller

CorruptionPanama's Attorney General Ana Belfon has started an official investigation against the Comptroller General of the Republic, Gioconda Torres de Bianchini. (more)

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US Gives Helicopters and Airplane To Panama (Gee, Thanks Varela...)

Panama NewsThe State Department of the Government of the United States has made aircraft available to Panama for air security and social service operations in remote areas of the country, according to an official press release.

Included are two UH-1H Iroquois "Huey" helicopters, two Augusta Westland 139 helicopters, and a DC3 transport aircraft, are part of the aviation program of the Bureau of Narcotics Affairs of the American Embassy in Panama, said a statement from the Ministry of Public Security (Minseg) of Panama.  

Minseg general secretary, Alvaro Varela, said during the presentation of the program that these aircraft will optimize public safety services provided by the National Air Service (Senan), which will improve the quality of life for residents in areas of difficult access.  

"This program will train 20 pilots in transport, search and rescue. They will be trained and certified in the handling and use of these aircraft," said Varela, according to the statement.  

The ambassador of the USA in Panama, Jonathan Farrar, said the idea is to help the Panamanian government to extend public services to remote areas such as Darien and indigenous territories.  

Meanwhile, the head of the Narcotics Affairs Section of the American embassy, Ramon Negron, said they would will provide training, equipment, as well as administrative and logistical support and other aerial activities that will reduce the threats of criminals and drug trafficking organizations.  

"The program consists of three phases and will last six months in terms of security," said Negron.  

This initiative is part of the cooperation between the counternarcotics office of the Embassy of the United States, with the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SENAN, and MINSEG, according to official information. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Before you can do anything, you have to be able to get there. So, the US is handing over a few aircraft to do things. That's nice. But look at the bigger picture.

It's interesting the US gave Panama these aircraft thirty seconds after Martinelli departed. Timing means everything for the US State Department. So it's a clear signal of support to the fledgling Varela administration - and that simple fact means a lot...

The US has known for years the extent of Martinelli's shenanigans (criminal activity). And by that I mean all of the pilfering of state funds, money laundering, and all of the other crap that has to do with hoarding money, cash, assets, land, etc.

Varela has been talking to the US government as a source of intelligence since at least August 2011 - when the old CD/Panameñista alliance fell apart. When Martinelli fired Varela, he ran straight to Washington DC and spilled his guts. And that's why the US didn't do anything (at all) when Martinelli tried to paint Varela with the money launderer's brush at the end of the campaign. What Varela did was chump change compared to what Martinelli has been doing for years.

That made Varela a highly placed and exceptionally valuable source of intelligence for the US government. It's "nice" to have the sitting Vice President pumping intelligence information into the system for the past four years. Now that he's in charge - here - have a few choppers. This sort of stuff gives the CIA chubbies...

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Prosecutors Open Investigations Into Irregularities in PAN Spending

CorruptionPanama's Fourth Anti-Corruption Prosecutor has opened four official investigations into the alleged irregularities and cost overruns for construction projects and services paid for with government contracts and funds from the National Assistance Program (PAN) during the administration of former president Ricardo Martinelli. (more)

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Foreigner Accused Of Fraud Arrested in Panama City

Expat TalesThe Tourist Police captured an "African" in the area of Casco Antiguo, in San Felipe, accused of defrauding a hotel in Bocas del Toro of $30.000. (more)

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The PAN Spent $1.2 Billion In Four And A Half Years

CorruptionIn a new scandal sinking the National Assistance Program (PAN): The administration of former President Ricardo Martinelli spent more than $1.2 billion on capital expenditures and purchases of works and services, many inconclusive or questionable. (more)

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Additional Skeletal Remains Found - Possibly Belonging To Dutch Women Lisanne Froon and/or Kris Kremers

Expat TalesPanamanian authorities reported today new skeletal remains have been found in the area where the two young Dutch women Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers disappeared in April. (more)

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SINAPROC Issues Warning For Severe Thunderstorms and Flooding

WeatherThe National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) has warned of rain likely with possible thunderstorms and wind gusts. These conditions are expected until 8:00 Thursday night in the following areas; (more)

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Defendant Who Sold Rocket-Propelled Launchers to FARC to Shoot US Aircraft Sentenced

Panama NewsPreet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that IOANNIS VIGLAKIS, a/k/a “Pablo,” was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 120 months for attempting to provide material support to the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (“FARC”), a Colombian terrorist organization.

VIGLAKIS, who was arrested in Panama City, Panama, in August 2012 and subsequently turned over to the custody of the United States, pled guilty on December 10, 2013, to attempting to provide material support to the FARC, which has been designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. Secretary of State. VIGLAKIS pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, who also imposed today’s sentence.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Ioannis Viglakis attempted to sell military-grade weapons to the FARC, a terrorist organization, which has used such weapons to shoot down American aircraft in Colombia. For attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization in this way, Viglakis has been sentenced to 120 months in prison.”

According to the Indictment, other public filings in this case, and statements made at VIGLAKIS’s guilty plea and at today’s sentencing:

Beginning in November 2011, VIGLAKIS had a series of meetings with a DEA confidential source (the “CS”) who represented himself as an associate of the FARC. During those meetings, which took place in Europe and Central America, the CS informed VIGLAKIS that he was seeking weapons for use by the FARC to attack American forces in Colombia. VIGLAKIS offered to provide the FARC with functional, bona fide, military-grade weapons – including assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade (“RPG”) launchers and surface-to-air missiles – in exchange for cocaine and cash. During the meetings, VIGLAKIS and the CS discussed the FARC’s use of these weapons to fight the Colombian and American governments, including by shooting down American aircraft in Colombia.

Over the following months, VIGLAKIS indicated that he would provide the CS with several RPG launchers as a sample. On July 18, 2012, VIGLAKIS successfully arranged for the delivery of six live RPGs and three working RPG launchers in Europe, which were received by a DEA undercover agent.

Then, in August 2012, during meetings in Panama, VIGLAKIS gave the CS approximately 8,500 euros as a partial payment to the FARC to transport a multi-kilogram shipment of cocaine to Spain on his behalf, and further offered to provide the CS with approximately 200 hand grenades in exchange for additional kilograms of cocaine.

In addition to his prison term, VIGLAKIS, 54, a citizen of Greece, was to pay a $100 special assessment fee.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding work of the Special Operations Division of the DEA, as well as the DEA’s Panama Country Office, Madrid Country Office, and Copenhagen Country Office. Mr. Bharara also thanked the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs and National Security Division, the U.S. Department of State, and the Government of the Republic of Panama.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christian R. Everdell, Aimee Hector, and Michael Lockard are in charge of the prosecution. (lawfuel.com)

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Coast Guard Offloads More Than $93 Million In Cocaine

Drug TraffickingMIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – The Coast Guard offloaded about $93 million of cocaine Thursday afternoon on Miami Beach.

The offload is a result of two successful drug interdictions in the Caribbean since August 23.

According to the Coast Guard: The first took place north of the Gulf of Uraba. While on routine patrol, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection plane spotted a suspicious speed boat. When crews were launched to investigate, the suspected smugglers threw several packages into the water.

“It was apparent they had what appeared to be narcotics and after we did the test they had bales on board of pure cocaine,” said Boatswain’s Mate Omar Castro with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said four suspected smugglers were taken into custody and 32 bales of cocaine were found in the water.

The smugglers’ boat was destroyed because it was a hazard to navigation.

In the second interdiction, a Customs plane spotted another suspicious boat off the coast of Panama on August 28th.

“Once they spotted the plane, they changed course which is suspicious for us,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class, Joshua McElhaney with the Coast Guard. “We asked them some questions and some of their information didn’t quite add up, so we conducted a boarding.”

The crew boarded the 165-foot Panamanian-flagged coastal freighter Hope II.

“We were approximately 24-hours on board before we got to a hidden compartment,” said Castro.“There was a hidden compartment and once we opened it we found all the contraband.”

The eight crew members aboard the Hope II and the vessel were taken into custody and will be turned over to U.S. officials for further investigation.

The Coast Guard said the eight-member crew cooperated and was taken into custody.

“They were very compliant to everything we asked of them,” said McElhaney.

Coast Guard members who seized the cocaine said this is what their jobs are all about.

“Sometimes we get a little excited when we find the amount of cocaine we found,” said Castro. “It’s about 2,800 kilos, about a ton and a half of contraband. It’s a great success overall. It’s our mission down there besides search and rescue. We’re out there to cause an effect in the drug industry and I believe we made a little dent on it.”

These interdictions were part of Operation Martillo, an international operation to fight illegal trafficking.

“It’s a great satisfaction after being two months deployed and everybody’s tired but you come home with a case like this it’s very satisfying,” said Castro.

The Coast Guard said each one of the kilos is worth $33,000. The drugs will be turned over to the DEA. (CBS Miami)

Editor's Comment: A kilo of cocaine in Panama costs much less - about $5,000 per. The $33,000 number is actually the wholesale price in the US for smugglers - or how much a kilo is worth delivered to US soil, for traffickers. The value then triples to $100,000 per kilo at the street level when it's busted down for individual use. And that's why drug traffickers are in the business - take something that starts off with a value of $5,000 and when you're done selling it at the retail level the value has skyrocketed. They are willing to assume the massive risk of getting caught and going to prison for decades, because if they make just one big score they're millionaires. You pull the handle, the wheels spin around and around, and (whoops) there's a Coast Guard plane circling overhead...

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Martinelli Spent More Than A Quarter Of A Billion Dollars On -- (Get This) Official State Advertising

CorruptionBetween 2009 and 2014, the government of former President Ricardo Martinelli spent $274.8 million on advertising, according to official data, not including the legislative and judicial branches. (more)

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Rumor (Denied): Has William David Holbert "Wild Bill" Committed Suicide? (No, He's Fine)

Expat Tales Update: Yesterday afternoon a reader sent me an email regarding the rumor that William David Holbert had supposedly committed suicide. I put a note on Twitter, asking my Panamanian journalist colleagues for help in either confirming or denying the rumor. They contacted Holbert's lawyer, who made a statement to the press;

  • Claudia Alvarado de Sotto, the attorney for William Dathan Holbert, better known as "Wild Bill", denied that her client had committed suicide, as was rumored yesterday afternoon through social networks.

  • She said "Wild Bill" has not performed any action which would infringe on his personal integrity, and he remains quiet in holding cell 1 of the public jail of David.

  • "William is quiet, and he has not shown any type of behavior that would lead him to make that decision. I see him frequently on lawyer visits offered by the criminal justice system. Apparently, it was a bad release, he's fine," said the lawyer.

Editor's Comment: Holbert continues to await decisions from the Supreme Court on motions put forward by his lawyer. Once those are resolved, a trial date will be established for the several murder cases he's facing. He's already confessed to having murdered six people, so the only real issue in the trial will be how the Panamanians handle Holbert's accomplice, Laura Michelle Reese. Both of them will probably spend the rest of their lives in prison. And once Panama is done with them, they still have to face the Costa Rican justice system for the murder of Jeff Kline. And if they ever get done with that, there are still cases pending against them in the United States. So yeah, they will never see the light of day again.

(Original article, published as a rumor. Has since been proven wrong)

By Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com - Someone just gave me a heads-up (thanks) saying there's a strong rumor going around in David and Changuinola that the confessed serial killer William David Holbert - a.k.a. "Wild Bill" - has committed suicide in the public prison in David.

Right now, it's nothing more than a rumor. I'm working to either confirm or deny these reports right now. I'll let you know when I learn more, either way.

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