The other suspects were apprehended at a ranch a short drive from the laboratory. “I am obviously happy, I want to give a big thanks to all the police personnel at all levels,” Interior Minister Fernando Barrios said, according to EFE. Police are pursuing the rest of the gang’s members. The boy, who is known only as “El Ponchis,” is suspected of working on behalf of the South Pacific cartel in the state of Morelos. He is allegedly among a group of teenagers who are suspected of having carried out “terrible acts,” Morelos State Prosecutor Pedro Luis Benítez told local radio, according to Reuters. “These minors are still not fully developed and so it is easy to influence them, to give them a gun, pretending it is plastic, that it is a game,” Benítez said, according to Reuters. “They’re persuaded to carry out terrible acts, and they don’t realize what they are doing.” The suspect is paid US$3,000 for each murder and is under the direction of the head of the South Pacific cartel, which is battling the Beltrán Leyva and La Familia cartels for control of southwestern Mexico, according to the Mexican daily La Razón. Benítez said the military already has apprehended a teenage male and a pregnant teenage girl who allegedly are working for the South Pacific cartel. SANTIAGO, Chile – The Investigations Police have arrested three in connection with the 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of cocaine base paste and two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of cocaine seized during a raid at a home doubling as a narcotics laboratory in the nation’s capital. The narcotics, which had a street value of about $250 million pesos (US$515,000), were confiscated along with chemicals used in the manufacturing of cocaine, according to the Chilean website Emol.com. LIMA, Peru – Police apprehended 11 and dismantled a suspected international drug ring, according to the Interior Ministry. “Operation Embiste 2010” also led to the eradication of a major cocaine laboratory located near the border with Ecuador, as well as the confiscation of guns, seven grenades and a grenade launcher, officials said, according to EFE. The first phase of the operation, administered by narcotics enforcement agents with the support of the police and special operations units, occurred at a narcotics laboratory in the province of Ayabaca in the Piura region, where an Ecuadoran and Colombian were taken into custody. Peru: Police arrest 11 in dismantling of suspected narcotics ring BOGOTÁ, Colombia – President Juan Manuel Santos scored a major victory against the narco-terrorist group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) when 14 FARC members died during a military bombing on Nov. 15. The operation took place at a camp belonging to the rebel organization’s 48th unit in a rural area of the municipality of Ipiales along the border with Ecuador. The deaths were confirmed when Colombian soldiers counted the bodies after the raid, officials said. The 48th unit was very active in trafficking narcotics to fund their criminal agenda, military officials said. “This was a decisive blow against the 48th unit,” said Rodrigo Rivera, Colombia’s defense minister, according to the DPA news agency. “This is further evidence of the success of the cooperation between the military and the police in the fight against terrorism.” The successful operation continued Santos’ tough stance against the FARC – the country’s oldest guerrilla group that has been fighting the state since the 1960s – after he took over from Álvaro Uribe, who made fighting terrorist groups a top priority during his eight years in office. Santos’ biggest victory against the FARC came on Sept. 23, when the FARC’s second in command, Víctor Julio Suárez Rojas, known as “Mono Jojoy,” died during a bombing of a rebel camp in the department of Meta. Dominican Republic: About four kilograms of cocaine seized at airport By Dialogo November 18, 2010 BOGOTÁ, Colombia – The man in charge of one of the security units protecting the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) top leader died during a gunfight with the army on Nov. 13, military officials said. The 25-year-old, who goes by the alias “Vladimir,” was the second in command of the FARC’s 66th “Joselo Lozada” unit. He coordinated one of the security rings assigned to protect the terrorist group’s top leader, Guillermo León Sáenz, also known as “Alfonso Cano.” Vladimir, who was with the FARC for a decade, died during a firefight with the Ninth Brigade in a rural area known as “Las Granjas,” near the city of Neiva in the department of Huila, according to the Colombian website El Colombiano.com. The army seized guns, documents and communications equipment that was turned over to military intelligence for analysis. Mexico: Soldiers pursuing 12-year-old suspected cartel hitman MEXICO CITY– Soldiers are pursuing a 12-year-old suspected drug cartel hitman who’s allegedly been playing a role in the violent turf war in the central part of the country, a state prosecutor said on Nov. 12. Chile: 75 kilograms of cocaine base paste seized Colombia: Army kills high-ranking FARC leader SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD) arrested one suspect in connection with the seizure of about four kilograms (8.8 pounds) of cocaine at the Las Américas International Airport (AILA) that were bound for New York. Officials took Juan José Reyes Martínez, 22, into custody after officials allegedly found him in possession of 3.7 kilograms (8.1 pounds) of cocaine taped to his body. He was apprehended before he could board a plane destined for the United States, according to the Dominican Republican website Listin.com.do.