jueves, 26 de junio de 2014

Mexican agents nab drug lord as he watched football

Mexican forces arrested on 23 June the "heir" to the declining Arellano Félix Cartel, as he watched a World Cup match in Juárez near the US frontier. The detained, duly identified, was named as Fernando Sánchez Arellano or The Engineer; he was found to have painted his face with Mexico's national colours while watching its match against Croatia, EFE reported. Five of Sánchez's uncles, the Arellano Félix brothers, had run the cartel before being shot or arrested. EFE observed that the cartel controlled drug trafficking into the United States through Tijuana for 20 years until 2002, when it went into decline, expending energies in internal conflicts and fighting rivals. Certain observers qualified the arrest as marking the end of this cartel, El Economista reported on 25 June. Mexican authorities also arrested that day the son of the head of another cartel, the Caballeros Templarios active in western Mexico, and one of the cartel's hitmen. Twenty-two year-old Huber Gómez Patiño, a son of the drug lord Servando Gómez Martínez, was arrested in Arteaga in Michoacán, immediately threatening the agents holding him with death if he were not released. He was found with a handgun and powder suspected to be drugs, but it was not immediately clear if he was sought for organised-crime offences. The cartel gunman, arrested as he left his car in the state capital of Michoacán, Morelia, was identified as El Niño de Oro or El Licenciado. He tried but failed to explode a hand grenade while being arrested, Spain's ABC newspaper and EFE reported.

Inflation hits pharmacies in Argentina

Inflationary pressures were evident in several walks of life in Argentina in spite of the looming threat of recession, and prices of the 40 most popular pharmaceutical products or drugs rose 30 per cent in the six months to late June, Clarín reported on 26 June. The Argentine government had ordered that as of 25 June, drug firms must restore the prices of 7 May - though it appeared this was not being implemented that day. As Clarín observed, that would in any case mean a 24 per cent rise in prices since the end of 2013. Argentina is facing severe problems financing itself on international markets for its billions of dollars of debt, and has imposed restrictions on forex purchases needed for imports. The Government has accused firms of raising prices beyond their needs to boost profits, and was threatening legal action for not complying with its instructions. President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner wrote on the website Twitter that "if the laboratories do not turn prices back, sanctions will apply." Clarín cited a spokesman for one national drugstores association, Raúl Mascaró, as saying that the "new prices" had not yet arrived in pharmacies so no discounts could be made, "and it's not clear how shopkeepers will be compensated, when they bought the goods at one price and have to sell it for another." Pharmaceutical prices rose three to four per cent just in May 2014, the Trade Ministry was reported as stating. The sector appeared to be divided before the order, la Nación reported, with some firms inclined to appeal and others beginning to lower prices.