By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo November 10, 2020 On September 18, agents of the Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) captured Mauro Galeano, alias Alemão, an alleged key member of the Brazilian criminal group Red Command (CV, in Portuguese) in Paraguay.Galeano, a 34-year-old Paraguayan national, is believed to be the right-hand man of Marcelo Pinheiro, alias Piloto, a CV leader, who is imprisoned in Brazil.“Alemão is a target who was wanted since 2015,” Francisco Ayala, SENAD spokesperson, told the NPY TV network. “He kept a very low profile. It was really difficult to locate him,” Ayala said.Mauro Galeano, alias Alemão, is believed to be one of the main members of the Brazilian criminal organization Red Command in Paraguay. (Photo: Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat)Authorities arrested Alemão in the city of Juan Manuel Frutos, Caaguazú department, with three packages of cocaine hidden in the spare tire of his vehicle. A Paraguayan citizen who accompanied him was also arrested.Previous intelligence work indicated that the trafficker was taking the cocaine to the border area as a sample to be used in drug sales negotiations, SENAD reported.In recent years, the CV has expanded its activities to the Pedro Juan Caballero region, where it controls trafficking routes for Paraguayan marijuana and for cocaine coming from Peru and Bolivia.“We believe that Alemão is the last important link within the Red Command organization, led by Marcelo [alias] Piloto in Paraguayan territory,” Ayala said.The criminal group has suffered setbacks in Paraguay. In 2017, narcotics agents arrested Piloto in the city of Encarnación.According to SENAD, the arrest of drug lord Piloto was made possible thanks to support from Brazil’s Federal Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Piloto had devised a plan to remain incarcerated in Paraguay, because it was easier for him to escape than in Brazilian prisons, the InSight Crime organization stated on its website.To avoid his extradition, the trafficker took responsibility for various crimes committed in Paraguay. But when he learned that he would still be extradited, he murdered a woman who had visited his cell with a dessert knife.Authorities extradited Piloto from Paraguay in November 2018, and he is currently incarcerated in a maximum security prison in Brazil.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I encouraged them to research the speaker, listen to his/her words, and then use their research and intelligence to rebut the speaker during the question-and-answer session.What then to make of the Albany Law School students who walked out of a panel on travel bans to protest one speaker?They’re students at a prestigious institution of legal education. I have friends who graduated from that school and serve in truly distinguished capacities today. These students will be challenged when they argue cases against opposing attorneys and try to convince juries. Why not undertake a challenge now?It’s my hope that the next time said students are again faced with this type of challenge, they’ll stay and question the individual(s) with the intelligence they obviously have in order to attend this school.Michael FondacaroAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scam I preface this letter by noting that I mentor Asian-American students at the University at Albany. I made clear to them at the beginning of this semester that should the university extend a speaking invitation an individual whose views they and I would consider reprehensible and repugnant that they shouldn’t interrupt or attempt to shut down the speaker.
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Francis Kateh, has attributed the recent Ebola outbreak in Margibi County to the continuation of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, and not a separate introduction from a ‘reservoir’ population.Dr. Kateh’s statement allays fears that the resurgence of the virus was a result of the victims eating “dead dog.”The information released by Dr. Kateh at a press conference in Monrovia Friday follows an investigation conducted into the new Ebola outbreak by the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR), United States Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) respectively.Dr. Kateh disclosed that the institutions completed nearly 99% coverage of genomes (an organism set of DNA) that were obtained from both the body swab and blood taken from the patient posthumously (after death).The CMO noted that following a series of laboratory tests, both sequences proved to be identical and are consistent with the area where the recent outbreak occurred, representing a continuation of the ongoing Ebola Virus in West Africa.According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), Dr. Kateh indicated that the sequence matches with previous isolates from Liberia and is distinct from the viruses currently circulating in Sierra Leone and Guinea.He added that the level of sequence difference between this case and previous isolates is significantly lower than is expected, based on the date of isolation and outbreak-wide estimates of the virus’ rate of development.It may be recalled that on June 28, three months after the last reported Ebola victim in Liberia was buried, a 17-year-old boy, Abraham Meimeiga, died of the virus in Nendowein, a small village near Smell No Taste otherwise known as Unification Town, Margibi County.Since then, four others associated with the case have tested positive and are undergoing treatment at the ELWA Ebola Treatment Unit in Paynesville.Meanwhile, sequencing of the other cases associated with this flare-up of the virus is ongoing as the MOH has placed 14 people in the area at higher risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)