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Cablegate: Lima Nas End of Month Report - November

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SUBJECT: LIMA NAS END OF MONTH REPORT - NOVEMBER

1. (U) Summary:

* Eradication Report
* Maritime Ports Report
* PNP Ambushed Outside of Tingo Maria/Police Program Report
* Threats to Helicopters
* Continued Legal Progress on TIP
* Prime Minister Releases First Draft of Anti-Corruption Plan
* Money Laundering - Legal news and a new arrest

Eradication Report

2. (U) The month of November closed with 1163.43 hectares
eradicated for a total of 9805.11 for the year thus far.
CORAH will operate with two work groups until December 15th
and then suspend operations for the end of year break.


Maritime Ports Report

3. (U) NAS supported units seized a total of 790 kilograms
of cocaine during the month of November. Peruvian customs
(SUNAT) and police officials seized 185.384 kg of cocaine HCL
from drug mules (internal and external carriers) at Jorge
Chavez International Airport. In an joint operation with
Israeli police, NAS supported PNP/DIRANDRO Port Interdiction
Team (PIT) seized 505 kg of cocaine HCL concealed in
machinery destined for Israel. Following the seizure and
arrests, Israeli police informed NAS counterparts that this
was the largest drug smuggling case in Israeli police
history. As an update to October's Lima NAS Monthly Report,
the PIT seized 2,250 kg of cocaine concealed inside sea dock
bumpers destined for Europe and arrested twenty individuals.

PNP Ambushed Outside of Tingo Maria/Police Program Report

4. (U) On November 26, unknown elements ambushed a Peruvian
National Police (PNP) convoy killing five. Details of the
attack are still under review as is the determination of who
was responsible. PNP believe the narco-terrorist element of
Sendero Luminoso (SL) to be responsible for the attack after
a SL pamphlet was found in Santa Lucia claiming
responsibility. During the month of November, PNP units
uncovered and destroyed five cocaine base laboratories in the
eradication zones as well as 25 cocaine base laboratories in
the Ayacucho and Cuzco areas.

Threats to Helicopters

5. (SBU) NAS continues to receive intelligence of a SL
effort to down a UH-2 helicopter during eradication
operations. Though there have been no attempts, NAS regards
these threats as real and takes appropriate preventive
measures including variations in entry and exit from landing
zones, flight paths and altitudes, education and awareness
training for flight crews, and dispersing security forces on
the ground. Threats against UH-2s, though not daily, are
reoccurring. In response to these reoccurring threats, NAS
has finally succeeded in acquiring the proper armor kits and
plates and is in the process of installing them in each UH-2.

Continued Legal Progress on TIP

6. (U) On November 30, a Supreme Decree was issued to
complement the existing law against Human Trafficking and
Migrant Smuggling. This latest decree establishes and
outlines the competencies and responsibilities of the various
institutions involved in this issue with the intent of
delineating clear areas of responsibility for each
institution. The decree also instructs the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs to evaluate and elaborate upon MFA proposals
of international agreements needed to implement this law, put
into place preventive measures, and to expand victims'
assistance and cross border cooperation.

Prime Minister Releases First Draft of Anti-Corruption Plan

7. (U) Shortly after coming into office, Prime Minister
Simon declared the fight against corruption as one of his
first priorities. He has presented the draft of his
Anticorruption Plan and has invited comment not only from
public institutions, but from society as a whole. The plan
outlines the following strategic targets: 1) strengthen the
National system against corruption; 2) institutionalize in
the public administration best practices of good governance,
ethics, transparency and anticorruption principles; 3) craft
an effective and comprehensive Judicial strategy against
corruption; 4) promote ethics in the private sector; 5)
promote and encourage the active participation of the mass
media in the fight against corruption; 6) obtain social
commitment and participation against corruption; 7)
coordinate on an international level to address national
level corruption. The final draft is expected to be released
before the end of the year.

Money Laundering - Legal news and a new arrest

8. (U) The Superintendent of Banks and Insurance has signed
off on a new regulation modifying the Complementary Rules to
Prevent Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing. The new
approved regulation brings existing anti-money laundering
laws into line with international standards and GAFISUD
recommendations.

9. (U) Sandra Sanchez Galdos - wife of Fernando Zevallos who
was the founder and owner of Peru's largest airline currently
on trial for drug trafficking and money laundering - was
arrested in Florida this month. She is being charged under
the Kingpin Act for creating two front companies in Florida
allegedly for laundering money.
MCKINLEY

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