By Juan Delgado/Diálogo September 02, 2020 On July 8, the Uruguayan Police, with the support of the Uruguayan Navy and Air Force, dismantled a narcotrafficking organization as part of Operation Guaraní. Law enforcement forces carried out more than 23 raids in several cities in Colonia department, as well as in Montevideo.Authorities arrested 29 people, including leaders of the organization and drug suppliers, the Uruguayan Ministry of the Interior said in a press release published on the same day. During the operation, they also seized weapons, ammunition, drugs, vehicles, cell phones, and cash. According to Uruguayan news portal La Colonia Digital, authorities had been investigating and gathering intelligence for 11 months to support the operation.In mid-March, the Uruguayan Armed Forces strengthened the country’s land, air, and maritime borders as part of the fight against organized crime. (Photo: Uruguayan Army)“Over the last few months, there have been many operations against organized crime,” Uruguayan Minister of Defense Javier García said in a statement published on July 10. “The last one was yesterday [July 8], a joint operation […] that consisted of several raids and the seizure of drugs and other items.”In another operation on April 29, in Artigas department, authorities seized 454 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride (valued at $11.3 million) and 61 kg of coca base paste, which were jettisoned from a light aircraft. Agents captured two individuals during the operation, the Ministry of the Interior said in a press release on April 30.“This is a modality used by drug cartels to ship the substance from one place to another, and our country has paid close attention to these types of maneuvers, which is why we set up this important operation,” the Ministry of the Interior said.Upon taking office in March 2020, Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou announced measures to strengthen land, air, and maritime borders, so as to keep up the progress made in the fight against narcotrafficking in late 2019, Uruguayan newspaper El País reported.In December 2019, Uruguayan authorities seized more than 4.4 tons of cocaine hidden in containers in the port of Montevideo that were bound for the city of Lomé in Togo, Africa. Jaime Borgiani, Uruguay’s Customs director, told El País that the finding was the largest cocaine seizure in Uruguay’s history.In mid-March, the Uruguayan Armed forces launched patrols and reconnaissance missions at the borders, in compliance with the Border Control Act that was passed in 2018, the Ministry of Defense said on its Twitter account. Some 1,000 service members deployed to combat crime in all its forms, more particularly drugs, arms, and human trafficking, and contraband, the digital magazine Infodefensa reported.“We are in areas where the Uruguayan State was not present before, because it’s in the middle of nowhere, where organized crime used to take advantage of the situation, and there is a deterrent effect,” García said in a press release.
The Illinois native followed that up by dropping another close decision — this time, to current WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter in November of the same year.On Saturday night, Granados gets another opportunity for a signature win, as he takes on former two-division world champion Danny Garcia at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., live on “Premier Boxing Champions on FOX.” While always honored to be given a chance to do what he loves, Granados is frustrated in not being able to secure a career-defining victory. And he fully intends to change that storyline this weekend.”It means a lot to be fighting Danny,” Granados told Sporting News. “I think it’s a compliment to the work I’ve done and the fights that I’ve put on. But I’m just tired of it being another opportunity. It’s time for a big win to stamp my name in the boxing world.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearOut of Granados’ six career losses, three have come by split decision and two by majority decision. Granados felt politics played a role in not getting the nods on the judges’ scorecards in the Broner and Porter bouts. And coming up short in those types of fights can make one question moving forward. However, Granados has decided to take a fresh perspective in 2019 — one without making any excuses. The new mindset starts with Garcia.”It pushes me harder especially in this fight with Danny to put on a great performance,” Granados said. “I’m going to try and take it out of the judges’ hands. And if I do put in the judges’ hands, I want to make sure it’s a straightforward victory for me, where they have no choice in the matter, but to give it to me. God works in mysterious ways. I believe this fight is going to be the charm to change all of the bad luck. God willing, I’ll be able to get a big win this weekend.”According to proboxingodds.com, Garcia is anywhere from a 16-1 to nearly a 25-1 favorite to beat Granados. But being in the underdog role once again is nothing new for the 32-year-old and he sees it a lot closer.”To me, this is a 50-50 fight,” Granados said. “A lot of people are talking about all these big fights ahead for Danny Garcia and that I’m going to get knocked out. I’ve never been stopped, so they are already writing me off and we haven’t even stepped in the ring. I got something lined up for those critics. If anything, they are motivating me to train harder.” Not many fighters continuously get big fights without winning a world title and Granados understands the challenge in front of him — secure a victory over one of the premier boxers in the division and catapult his name into the thick of the welterweight division. Squander another opportunity and he could be relegated to gatekeeper status.”I know that delivering another great fight on Saturday will lead to more fights, but this is a must-win for me to open up the doors for bigger opportunities,” Granados admitted. “I don’t want to be judged as a gatekeeper, another opponent or getting disrespected and being a stepping stool. It’s not who I am. I know Saturday night is the reason why I’m fighting Danny Garcia. I belong with him, Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter.”I know I always come with a great fight,” he continued. “This is a fight that I need to win and that’s why I’m going to fight smart, intelligent and dominate.” Adrian Granados is grateful to have had the chance to fight two of boxing’s most prominent names — Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter.Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs) came up short against Broner, the former four-division world champion, by losing a split decision in a February 2017 fight that many in the sport thought that he won pretty handily.
TOP WORK Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest transfer news Both Spurs and Chelsea have been keeping close tabs on Arp, who has played 18 times in the Bundesliga so far, scoring twice.However, with his contract at Hamburg up in 2019, his value is quickly diminishing and it has been reported that Bayern Munich are closing in on a cut-price deal to sign him this summer. 2 The 18-year-old scored two Bundesliga goals in 2017/18 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arp has already earned comparisons with Harry Kane since breaking onto the scene with Hamburg Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST IN DEMAND Bild have claimed that the German giants could pay as little as £1.5m to complete the deal for one of Europe’s most promising strikers. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade three-way race 2 Bayern have already agreed a deal to sign Leon Goretzka, the Schalke midfielder, on a free contract when his contract expires at the end of the month. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM targets RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Bayern Munich are set to land the ‘new Harry Kane’ Jann-Fiete Arp ahead of Tottenham and Chelsea.The 18-year-old has caught the eye since breaking into the first team at struggling Hamburg, who were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga at the end of last season, and he’s already been compared to England’s leading centre-forward. targets