Peru seizes millions in counterfeit dollars destined for U.S.

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2019   •   2072

More than $5 million in counterfeit money that was destined for the United States was seized in Peru. | Photo grabbed from Reuters footage

Peruvian police on Friday (April 12) seized more than $5 million in counterfeit money that was destined for the U.S.A., authorities reported.

At the crime scene officers also found printing equipment for the fake currency. According to reports, it was part of a counterfeit currency ring with international connections.

Two men were arrested at the scene.

“This money was to be sent to the United States, as well as to Argentina, Chile and Ecuador where currency has a dollar value. From this intelligence operation, (we have seized) about $5 million,” Police Investigator, Jose Cruz said.

“This criminal gang developed a large-scale operation for printing counterfeit dollars. This is the largest quantity of counterfeit dollars that has come from our country,” he added.

Police reported that this is the largest seizure of counterfeit dollars in the South American nation.

“This (seizure) is the result of a strategic alliance with the U.S. secret service with the Peruvian police. Work has just because and currently there is more than $250 million that could be seized,” Cruz said. (REUTERS)

Police, protesters clash in Barcelona as tens of thousands take to the streets

Jeck Deocampo   •   October 17, 2019

Riot police form a line at the Via Laietana during a protest against the sentence ruled by Supreme Court on ‘proces’ trial’ in Barcelona, Spain, 14 October 2019.   EPA-EFE/ENRIC FONTCUBERTA

Catalan pro-independence demonstrators clashed with riot police in the center of Barcelona on Tuesday (October 15) in the second day of protests over Monday’s (October 14) jailing of nine separatists by the Supreme Court over their role in a failed secession bid.

Police charged on protesters when they tried to kick down security fences around Spanish government buildings in the region and hurled cans and flares at the police. Some were seen tackled to the ground.

Large fires filled central streets of the Catalan capital with smoke after protesters knocked over rubbish containers, setting the contents alight.

Barcelona’s urban police estimated 40,000 people joined the demonstration, Spanish broadcast TVE reported. (REUTERS)

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2 Chinese nationals arrested for allegedly bribing Makati cops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 9, 2019

The Makati Police have arrested two Chinese nationals for allegedly offering P1.7 million for the release of Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) workers arrested during a prostitution den raid.

READ: Police raid prostitution den in Makati; rescued 35 sex workers

Authorities identified them as Zhang Xiuqiang and Fan Jianping.

Chief of Station Investigation and Detective Management Section (SIDMS) of Makati CPS PMaj. Gideon Ines Jr. said two Chinese nationals reportedly bribed the Makati Police on Tuesday (October 8) in exchange for the release of six fellow Chinese nationals arrested during an entrapment and rescue operation on Monday (October 7).

“Sabi niya, (He said) this is for you, please let my friends free from the station. Do not file case against them,” he said.

The two Chinese nationals, meanwhile, denied the said claims.

“No. I didn’t do that. I didn’t do that. I just stay outside then the police asked me to come in. Drop by here because my friend said there are some people in here so I want to ask what happened with them,” according to Zhang Xiuquang.

Meanwhile, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar will meet with the new Chinese Police Attaché to discuss the cases involving Chinese nationals.

He also urged police officers to carefully monitor Chinese nationals committing illegal activities in the country.

“Mas maganda na mas husayan pa ng ating mga pulis na pagmo-monitor sa kanila at magkaroon tayo ng mas magandang coordination with our Chinese counterparts (It is better if our policemen would do better in monitoring them, and we should also have good coordination with our Chinese coutnerparts),”—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

‘An environmental crime’ – millions of seahorses found on ship in Peru

UNTV News   •   October 4, 2019

In an operation at the port of Callao on Monday (September 30), Peruvian authorities seized some 12.3 million seahorses that were illegally caught and allegedly destined to be sold abroad, according to local reports.

The seahorses, of the Hippocampus ingens species which is protected by Peruvian regulations, were dried out and possibly destined to be sold for medicinal purposes in China according to local media.

Four crew members of the ship carrying the illegal contraband were detained by Peruvian authorities and will face charges of up to three to five years according to local media.

The millions of seahorses were stored within the ship in 55 boxes that weighed in at over one ton. (REUTERS)

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