Mexico, Panama set working group to confront crime, drug trafficking

The presidents of Mexico and Panama agreed Friday to set up a working group to confront organized crime and drug trafficking, and discussed closer cooperation with Colombia and Guatemala on the problem. The four countries are main points on the route for smuggling illicit drugs to the United States. Mexico's Felipe Calderon and Panama's Martin Torrijos met in Panama City to establish a common front against powerful cartels that increasingly control all stages of drug trafficking, from production and smuggling to distribution and final sale. The countries will share intelligence, strategies and technical information to fight criminal activities including drugs, human trafficking, money laundering and terrorism.