Ex-deputy Convicted In Panama Unit Scandal Wants Release On Bond

January 9, 2014

Crane granted the motion Tuesday and scheduled the hearing for 11 a.m. Friday at Bentsen Tower. Gutierrez didnt immediately return voicemail and email messages on Wednesday afternoon. Federal agents linked the dozen defendants, including nine Hidalgo County lawmen and three drug traffickers, to download a corrupt anti-narcotics squad called the Panama Unit. Tasked with fighting street-level drug dealers, they robbed them instead and sold the marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines for profit, according to federal court records. The Panama Unit scandal attracted national attention because Mission police Investigator Jonathan Trevino, the son of Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino, was assigned to the anti-narcotics squad.
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prison for his role in trying to smuggle several tons of cocaine from Panama. A federal judge in Houston late Tuesday sentenced 42-year-old Oscar Nava-Valencia of Guadalajara, Mexico. Nava-Valencia earlier pleaded guilty to cocaine conspiracy. Panamanian authorities in March 2006 seized more than 2 tons of cocaine from a warehouse in Panama City. Investigators believe the cocaine was part of a larger load more than 3 tons to be shipped from Panama to Mexico and eventually smuggled into the U.S. Authorities say Nava-Valencia planned to take possession of some of the cocaine in Mexico.
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Mexican gets 25 years in Panama-Texas cocaine case

The GUPC has the technical ability to finish this project ... (and) there is no negotiation outside the contract, at least under our administration," said Quijano, according to the Web page of the Panama America newspaper. "The ACP could take control of the project given the inability of the GUPC to continue the expansion," Quijano told lawmakers, according to the Panamanian paper. The consortium, which in 2009 obtained a $3.12 billion contract to construct a third set of locks, the centerpiece of the canal expansion, said last Wednesday that it would suspend work in three weeks if the ACP did not agree to pay an additional $1.6 billion to cover cost overruns. Representatives of the ACP and the GUPC met Tuesday, a day after Spanish Development Minister Ana Pastor, who traveled to Panama to mediate the dispute, persuaded the parties to agree to a framework for resolving their differences. The ACP expressed its willingness to advance a payment of $100 million and authorize a moratorium of two months on the payment of another $83 million it had advanced earlier to the GUPC, provided the consortium also put up $100 million and withdrew its threat to suspend work.
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Panama offers $283 mn fund to end canal spat

Work on the expansion began in 2009. An enormous amount of ships with larger capacities are being built to be able to pass through the canal, and dredging is already taking place at ports so they can receive these vessels, Martinelli said Monday. GUPC which comprises Sacyr Vallehermoso of Spain and Impregilo of Italy as majority partners, and El Informe Jan De Nul of Belgium and Constructora Urbana of Panama as minor partners won the contract to expand the canal in 2009 after submitting a $3.11 billion bid. On Tuesday, GUPC and PCA officials met to iron out their differences over their cost differences. Meanwhile, PCA officials have embarked on an international offensive to assure their clients that the canal will be inaugurated on schedule.
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Panama Canal: Not possible to meet consortium's latest payment demands

The already delayed project aims to make the 80-kilometer (50-mile) waterway, which handles five percent of global maritime trade, big enough to handle new, giant cargo ships that can carry 12,000 containers. GUPC has a $3.2 billion contract to build a third set of locks for the century-old canal, which currently welcomes ships that carry up to 5,000 containers. Sacyr shares bounced back during the negotiations, closing 4.72 percent higher in site web Madrid after tumbling when the crisis erupted last week. The work began in 2009 and was supposed to conclude this year, but it is nine months behind schedule and is now expected to be David finished in June 2015. But GUPC says it ran into unforeseen costs because the canal authority gave the builders the wrong information regarding the area's geology.
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