39 people are apprehended for gang membership, money laundering, illicit association and drug-related crimes

A total of 39 people were apprehended this Wednesday, January 25, 2023, in the operations “Napoleón” and “Fixar” carried out by the First Superior Prosecutor’s Office Specialized in Drug-Related Crimes and the First Superior Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes of Illicit Association (Gang) in conjunction with the National Police.

These operations were carried out in the provinces of Chiriquí, Veraguas and Bocas del Toro. The authorities revealed at a press conference that of the total number of apprehended, 33 are related to money laundering, illicit association to commit crimes and drug-related crimes, and 6 to the crime of gang membership.

39 people are apprehended for gang membership, money laundering, illicit association and drug-related crimes
39 people are apprehended for gang membership, money laundering, illicit association and drug-related crimes

In these operations, which began in 2021, the main leaders were apprehended: alias “Ford” and alias “El Profe” who centralized their operations in the David, Las Lomas and Pedregal area. The apprehended were supplied by another person nicknamed “Milo” who, together with his wife, had a luxurious living condition. They in turn used their relatives as front men and through private interest foundations. They also moved illegal substances in different media.

They explained that through Operation Napoleon they managed to seize cars, yachts, and other assets.

The investigations carried out by the First Superior Prosecutor for Drug-Related Crimes establish that this criminal group was allegedly dedicated, in an associated manner, to the commission of different crimes such as the sale, transfer and distribution of drugs, micro-trafficking, money laundering, attempted homicide, possession and trafficking of firearms, robbery among other crimes.

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