The warning explains that "transnational criminal organizations conduct narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout the country and use violence to control drug trafficking routes and carry out criminal activity." Roatan has long been considered one of Honduras' "narco-islands." There have been several instances where crew members from Honduras have been arrested trying to smuggle drugs on cruise ships, like this arrest in Roatan of a NCL crew member from the arrested in Tampa when the cruise returned from Roatan where the crew members picked up cocaine.
In 2014, police officers in Brazil arrested several Honduran crew members after finding 333 bags of cocaine weighing 100 pounds on the , owned by Royal Caribbean and operated at the time by the Royal Caribbean brand Pullmantur.
Roatan has been home to a notorious list of major drug intermediaries who launder money by purchasing properties on the island. When I first started this blog in 2009, several of the first articles were about the armed robbery of cruise ship passengers in Nassau.
In 2014, a drug trafficker with connections to Colombia, Carlos Arnoldo Lobo, alias "El Negro, was arrested and millions of dollars in bank accounts and numerous of his properties in Roatan were seized. Embassy has received reports of a significant increase in armed robberies throughout New Providence, specifically targeting patrons of ATM machines, parking venues at various retail locations, and armed car-jackings. The last warning was released just two months ago - Crime in Bahamas Remains Critical. A month later, gunmen armed with a shotgun robbed and terrorized 18 Royal Caribbean and Disney cruise passengers on a Segway Tour. A cruise passengers said that the Bahamian police falsely told her after she was robbed that "this never happens here. security message retaliation for the travel advisory issued by the Bahamas? Unfortunately, we have seen these type of denials by the authorities in Nassau as long as we have had this blog.
Earlier this year, Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo's' "Honduras henchman" Franco "The Wizard" Daniel Lombardi, the financial operator of the Sinaloa Cartel in Honduras, was arrested and many of his properties in Roatan were seized. Citizens resident and visiting New Providence Island (Nassau) and Paradise Island to be mindful of their surroundings at all times and employ practical personal security awareness when in public and at home to avoid being a victim of crime. For your safety, you should: • Avoid using ATM machines located in isolated areas and consider using ATM machines located in shopping centers that have security coverage. • Keep your car doors locked and your windows rolled up as you drive. Never." It seems that it has been downhill in Nassau ever since. Read: Bahamas Wrong To Issue Travel Advisory To Black Men and U. Hits Back With Security Message To Citizens And Visitors In The Bahamas. Meanwhile, the Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr.
The January 2014 New York Times article Security Concerns on a Honduran Island indicates that the U. State Department has warned since at least December 2013 that the “level of crime and violence in Honduras remains critically high.” If you travel or cruise to Roatan, the Times' article suggests visitors: Today, the United States embassy in Nassau issues a "Personal Security Awareness" security message about the crime problem in Nassau. Keep valuables out of sight in your vehicles when parked (cell phones, laptops, cash, GPS or other valuables). Nassau has received, by far, the most critical crime warnings of any port in the Caribbean. Hubert Minnis says Prime Minister Perry Christie and his administration have ignored the reality of crime.
Armed robberies and violent crimes continue to be the primary criminal threat in The Bahamas – which in many instances have occurred in areas frequented by tourists." There have been over a dozen crime warnings from the U. about Nassau, Bahamas in the last several years, from the U. Nassau has an ineffective police force and a broken legal system. : Is the Bahamas travel advisory a tit-for-a-tat for prior U. Dr Minnis says it is “frightening” for Bahamians to see the government continuously dismiss the crime warnings.
The warning states that "criminal activity is a serious problem throughout the country and the Government of Honduras lacks sufficient resources to properly respond to, investigate, and prosecute cases. The port agencies at Mahogany Bay and Towne Center have worked to improve taxi service to and from the ports." The warning's refers to 2014 because a NCL crew member was shot and killed near the port that year. Previously in 2014, a number of tourists, including a mother and her two boys from a Royal Caribbean ship, were robbed at gunpoint while taking a private trip to the beach.
State Department yesterday updated its travel advisory to Honduras, stating that the level of kidnapping, crime, and violence in Honduras remains "critically high." (this warning supersedes the last warning in October 2015). If you are on a shore excursion from a cruise ship, take care to book only with reputable tour companies during your stopover in Honduras.As a result, criminals operate with a high degree of impunity throughout Honduras." Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world (it's homicide rate was 60 per 100,000 in 2015; in comparison, the U. Earlier in 2014, a family in a rental car with their three children vacationing on a Carnival cruise ship stopping in Roatan were shot at and robbed. Coxen Hole on the island of Roatan should be avoided after dark. The State Department warning acknowledges that the islands are generally safer than the mainland of Honduras, but the crime is still higher than what most U. While the national government of Honduras, Roatan authorities, and businesses took measures in 2014 to improve tourism security, thefts, break-ins, assaults, rapes, and murders do occur. If staying at a hotel resort, book tours and sightseeing through the resort or reputable tour companies. citizens since 2011, with three recorded since January 2016. The hotels, resorts, bars and dive-shops advertise Roatan as an idyllic, tropical, get-a-way vacation paradise. The warning contains specific warning about Roatan: "Roatan & Bay Islands: Roatan and the Bay Islands experience lower crime rates than the Honduran mainland. and Canadian expatriates on Roatan claim that the island is generally safe.