Counter-drugs forces in Panama
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Panama's fight against drug smugglers

12 July 2012 Last updated at 06:47 BST

Counter-drugs forces in Panama have been trying to reduce the grip organised criminals have on one of the country's remote islands.

But their operation to seize one of the boats used by drug cartels on Carti Island, off Panama's Caribbean coast, has met with resistance from local people.

Susana Mendonca reports.