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

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2019   •   1886

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)

Archaeologists in Peru unearth ancient mural reflecting on importance of water

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2019

Archaeologists in northern Peru have unearthed an ancient mural from the lost Caral civilization that is believed to be about 3,800 years old, officials reported.

The discovery was made in the Vichama archaeological site. A team of excavators has brushed away earth from the mural to reveal figures that depict a toad that wraps its hands around the head of a man.

Archaeologist Tatiana Abad, told a news conference in Lima, the mural represents the “announcement of the arrival of water,” adding “it talks about the importance of water in times of crisis and the reflections that we can create from them.”

“It has been found in the same building as last year when we presented one about snakes and this would complement the message. The importance of this mural is its age, which is 3,800 years old, which talks about the importance of water in times of crisis and the reflections that we can create from them,” Abad said.

“It belongs to the late period of what would be the Caral civilization. Caral is 4,500 years old and this relief would’ve been built in the late period within the archaeological site of Vichama in the Huara Valley,” she added.

Excavations at Vichama have been ongoing since 2007 and continue to reveal new insights into the ancient civilization such as an advanced city plan and architecture.

The Caral is believed to be the oldest civilization in the Americas, dating as far back as 3,000 BCE. But little is still known of this ancient city. The site is currently in an arid region of Peru, leaving many to conclude that climate change may have played a role in its demise.

According to archaeologists, the civilization was mysteriously toppled at around 1,600 BCE. (Reuters)

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Local heroes try to rescue beached whale in Peru

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019

Locals attempting to help beached whale get back out to sea | Courtesy: Reuters

A group of locals jumped into the surf in Lambayeque, Peru, on Tuesday (August 13) to make a valiant effort to save a beached whale.

The locals pushed on the whale’s sides and its massive tail as they attempted to assist it back to deeper water.

Local media reported that the whale measured some 10 meters (33 feet) and weighed approximately 6.5 tons.

While local media did not report the species of whale on Tuesday, two humpback whales have washed up on Peruvian beaches in the past 15 days.

Humpback whales, once prized by hunters for their blubber, can weigh up to 40 tons and span 60 feet (18 meters) in length. Humpbacks are best known for periodically jumping out of the water, or breaching, behaviour that has attracted throngs of people who take to the seas to engage in whale-watching. – REUTERS

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Fault opens up swallowing buildings in Peru

Robie de Guzman   •   July 3, 2019

Courtesy: Image grabbed from a Reuters video

Local media reported that dozens of homes and a local health clinic were destroyed when a fault opened up in the Peruvian highlands in the early hours of June 28.

The homes could be seen destroyed at the bottom of a large cliff that was created by the fault in Peru’s Huanuco Region.

Faults in the earth and cracks in the walls of nearby buildings could be seen in images from the area on Monday (July 01).

Peru’s National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) said the fault was likely caused by an earthquake that the region experienced on May 26. (REUTERS)

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