Panama recorded 401 homicides in 2018, which translates into a rate of 9.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the lowest in recent years, security authorities reported today.
In an accountable report, the Panamanian Minister of Public Security, Jonathan Del Rosario, spoke of a "historic" decrease in the homicide rate during the Administration of President Juan Carlos Varela, who will hand over the command on July 1 after a quinquennium in power.
In that sense, the National Police director (PN), Alonso Vega Pino, said that in 2010 the homicide rate stood at 19.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, while the Current Administration lowest rate was 9.2 in 2017.
In 2010, there were 708 homicides, while in 2017 there were 378, according to figures disseminated by the high police official.
Pino said that the rate of 9.6 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2018 reflects an increase of 23 violent deaths over the previous year that are "directly related to organized crime."
The cumulative number of homicides per government period, Pino highlighted that the current (2014-2018) accumulates 2,074, compared to 3,605 in the 2009-2014 period and 2,336 in the 2004-2009 period.
In another separate report, the anti-drug prosecutor's office and the prosecutor's office against organized crime of the Attorney General's Office provided data of the actions taken in the crime prosecution during 2018.
The anti-drug prosecutor's office indicated that in operations carried out with the security forces, he seized 75 , 02 tons of illicit substances and more than 11 million dollars as a result of money laundering.
Most of the 3,221 arrested people were attributed to their drug trafficking connection.
The prosecutor's office against organized crime carried out several operations against criminal groups, ten of them related to cases of migrant trafficking, human trafficking, kidnapping, arms trafficking, and financial crimes.
For human trafficking, 71 victims were rescued and 32 cases were investigated; for illicit trafficking of migrants, 54 cases were developed and 111 vulnerable persons were rescued; 134 cases of extortion were also processed; and more than 200 weapons were confiscated by this office, according to official information.