“Enhancing analytical skills in the fight against drugs and organized crime in the Americas focus of INTERPOL training”

July 22, 2013

INTERPOL on July 22, 2013 released the following:

“SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Some 20 law enforcement officials from Central America, the Caribbean and neighbouring countries have gathered in Costa Rica for a criminal intelligence training session focused on combating drug trafficking and transnational organized crime in the region.

The two-week course (8 – 19 July), organized by INTERPOL with the support of the National Central Bureau in San José, is part of the INTERPOL Capacity Building Programme on Criminal Intelligence Analysis for the Americas, a one-year programme coordinated by INTERPOL to boost the criminal analysis skills of national law enforcement to more effectively fight drug trafficking and organized crime across the Americas.

The course aims to equip intelligence analysts and investigators from drug enforcement, customs, border and immigration agencies with the skills needed to analyse large amounts of criminal information, and to develop accurate intelligence. Common analytical techniques and how to effectively use INTERPOL’s global tools and services, as well as best practices in international cooperation were also included in the programme.

The training, sponsored by the Government of Canada, included a section on instructor development, where participants learned how to design and develop original course curricula and effectively deliver the content to their colleagues upon returning to their home countries.

Countries which attended the training: Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru, Panama, in addition to a representative from La Escuela Regional de la Comunidad Americana de Inteligencia Antidrogas (ERCAIAD).

This is the second of two basic criminal intelligence courses in the programme, the first of which was held in Barbados in May, for the English-speaking Caribbean.”

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“INTERPOL Americas conference focuses on cooperation in combating transnational crime”

July 2, 2013

INTERPOL on July 1, 2013 released the following:

“WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao – INTERPOL’s 22nd Americas Regional Conference opened today in Curaçao with a focus on strengthening information sharing, collaboration and border management to more effectively combat transnational organized crime throughout the region and beyond.

Prime Minister of Curaçao, Ivar Asjes, attended the opening ceremony of the three-day meeting (1-3 July) which brings together nearly 70 senior law enforcement officials from 33 countries and five international organizations, to address crime issues ranging from terrorism, people smuggling and drug trafficking, to fugitive investigations and cybercrime.

Opening the conference, Curaçao’s Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro, said the interchange of knowledge was very important.

“It is very difficult for small countries to cope with the costs involved in the fight against international crime, so cooperation between Justice Ministers and with INTERPOL on a structural basis is essential,” said Minister Navarro.

With Curaçao one of INTERPOL’s newest member countries, having joined the world police body in 2011, Chief of Curaçao’s Police Force, Commissioner Marlon Wernet, said it was important for the country to be part of the global law enforcement community.

“This conference organized in our country is a strong indication for our region and world, that we are more than willing and ready to work together with all member states of INTERPOL, local and international law enforcement agencies, to make and maintain our country, region and world safe and as free as possible from criminal activities,” said Commissioner Wernet. “There is no doubt that together we stand and divided we are weak and would fall.”

INTERPOL President Mireille Ballestrazzi said the conference was of crucial importance in sharing best practice and expertise in addressing both traditional and emerging transnational organized crime threats.

“It is our ability to work together which is key in maintaining our concerted and joint efforts to effectively tackle transnational crime,” said President Ballestrazzi, pointing to the need to reinforce cooperation already in place as well as identifying opportunities for additional partnerships.

“It is clear that an effective police force is one which adapts to the constantly evolving challenges, which is why training also forms an important part of INTERPOL’s support to member countries in their efforts in combating all forms of crime.”

In this respect, President Ballestrazzi emphasized the added value of INTERPOL’s Regional Bureaus in Buenos Aires and San Salvador which have enabled INTERPOL to build on its operational support to member countries in the region and beyond, pointing to recent operations targeting drug trafficking and trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting.

With expanding use and access to INTERPOL’s databases also high on the agenda, delegates will be updated on the INTERPOL Illicit Arms Records and tracing Management System (iARMS), the first international centralized system for reporting and querying lost, stolen, trafficked and smuggled firearms.

To date, 74 member countries, including 10 from the Americas region, have successfully connected to the system, which since 1 January this year has seen the addition of more than 273,000 records, making iARMS one of the fastest growing databases in the world.”

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Central Africa new drug transit hub: Interpol

October 26, 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek on October 26, 2012 released the following:

“By Divine Ntaryike

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — The arrest of a Nigerian allegedly smuggling heroin here highlights what officials say is a growing problem of drug trafficking in Central Africa.

Egboka Ikechukwu, 28, appeared in court in Douala, Cameroon’s economic hub, Thursday to respond to charges of cross-border drug trafficking.

Ikechukwu was arrested Tuesday night by police at Douala International Airport shortly after arriving on a Kenya Airways flight. He has been formally charged with the possession of 7 kilograms (15 pounds) of heroin.

“The passenger’s behavior betrayed suspicion which prompted an exhaustive search of his person and luggage by customs agents,” said Customs Subdivision Commander, Gregoire Biloa. “They found three empty carryalls whose stiches had been tampered with to hide the powder which has been tested and confirmed to be heroin.”

Ikechukwu faces up to 10 years imprisonment and fines that could amount to 10 million CFA francs ($20,000), said Biloa.

Speaking to The Associated Press from his jail cell, Ikechukwu denied the charges. He insisted he is a prosperous businessman in Nigeria and he flew to Bujumbura, Burundi via Nairobi, Kenya on October 18 to visit a friend.

“I don’t know who put the drug in my bag. I don’t know whether it’s in my hotel room in Bujumbura that they did this thing to me. In my life, I’ve never pushed drugs before. I don’t know anything about drugs,” said Ikechukwu.

“I’m a businessman. I have my own shop in Nigeria and I’m doing well. I went to Bujumbura to visit my friend and from there; I came back to Cameroon to see one of my friends, that’s all. And now I find myself in all this mess. It’s a setup,” he argued.

Despite his denials, Ikechukwu is one of a growing number of suspected drug traffickers here, according to the state prosecutor and customs and police departments. The arrest is the latest in a steadily swelling series in recent months which show that Cameroon and Central Africa are fast becoming a transit zone and marketplace for South America’s drug cartels, according to Biloa.

There has been a dramatic increase in seizures of cocaine and heroin amounting to hundreds of kilograms, according to data from border police and customs departments at air and sea ports in the sub-region. That is a significant increase from a few grams a couple of years ago.

The neighboring region of West Africa has already become established as a transit point to Europe for South American traffickers, according to a report issued in July by regional Interpol officials. According to them the bulging seizures confirm that Central Africa is not only fast becoming a South American drug passageway, but also a consumption base.

“A few decades ago, it was zero,” Lawrence Tang Enow, Senior Police Superintendent and Interpol Regional Training Officer in Cameroon told AP. “After some time, we started seizing a few grams. Now we got to a situation where last year we seized 140 kilograms (308 pounds) at the Douala International Airport alone.”

Separate Interpol country reports based on police and customs statistics show increased seizures of Europe-bound cocaine and heroin and rising numbers of arrests of peddlers. The South American cartels and their local accomplices turning Central Africa into a stepping stone along their “cocaine route” to Europe by exploiting local weaknesses such as deficient controls at ports, poor traveler inspection equipment, porous land and sea borders and endemic corruption overwhelming security and customs departments, according to Interpol.

In February, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, estimated that cocaine smuggling in West and Central Africa currently generates some $900 million annually, up from $800 million in 2009.

Particularly worrying is the suspected involvement of Al Qaidi in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Nigeria’s Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, who may be involved in trafficking to fund their activities, according to a report published last year by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

“When the drug dealers come in, they influence the politics of countries, criminal activities and corruption. It is a very serious problem,” said Conrad Atefor Ntsefor, official at the Interpol Central Africa Regional Bureau in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé.

According to him, the wealthy and powerful cartels, whose bank accounts sometimes dwarf the state budgets in some African countries, can easily buy off government officials.

UNODC has warned that Central Africa also risks increased in piracy off its coasts, illegal arms circulation, human trafficking and general instability.

“The fear is that if we don’t act and act in time, this phenomenon will become a serious cankerworm,” Atefor warned.

The Central Africa Regional Interpol Bureau has been working with various country police and customs departments to merge and coordinate intervention strategies, reinforce databases on the movements and activities of suspects and encourage prompt information sharing to facilitate the tracking down of traffickers.

Officials say the work is paying off gradually. “We try to share information, intelligence and better coordinate through our secure communications system. I must admit here that that is what has been the driving force for the arrests of drug traffickers,” Atefor added.

The regional efforts add to periodic crackdowns being jointly organized across West and Central Africa and Latin America by the World Customs Organization, UNODC and Interpol. Between November and December 2011, one operation, staged across 25 airports in West-Central Africa and Brazil, resulted in the arrests of some 50 suspects, the seizure of over 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, guns, counterfeit medicines, ivory and over $3.2 million in cash.”

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International operation led by INTERPOL reveals scale of illicit goods trafficking

July 18, 2012

INTERPOL on July 17, 2012 released the following:

“More than 1,400 arrested or probed and millions of illicit goods seized in Operation Black Poseidon

LYON, France – An INTERPOL-led operation against illicit goods trafficking across Eastern Europe has revealed the extent and increasingly elaborate methods used by transnational crime groups to traffic illicit goods with more than 1,400 individuals arrested or under investigation and the seizure of 7.3 million trafficked goods.

The month-long Operation Black Poseidon (May 2012) involved INTERPOL’s National Central Bureaus in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey and Ukraine working with national police and investigators who carried out some 1,700 interventions at commercial locations including markets, as well as at ports and airports, in cooperation with prosecutors, customs and intellectual property crime experts.

Vasyl Nevolia, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Kiev, Ukraine, said: “Operation Black Poseidon was important in removing potentially dangerous and sub-standard goods from circulation. It highlights the need for international police cooperation and what can be achieved through regional and global operations against organized crime networks.”

“The success and the increased awareness provided by Operation Black Poseidon demonstrates that the fight against intellectual and industrial property crimes has become a priority for Turkey’s police authorities, in addition to fighting terrorism and drug trafficking,” said Rafet Ufuk Önder, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Ankara, Turkey.

With officers from INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods unit coordinating the international operation both on the ground and at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, Operation Black Poseidon led to the seizure of illicit clothing, toys, foods, electronics, cigarettes and tobacco, agrochemicals and vehicle spare parts worth 123 million Euros.

“Operation Black Poseidon will have dealt a serious blow against the transnational criminal networks behind illicit trade, as well as protected the public from potentially dangerous substandard and fake goods, and raised awareness of the threat these represent,” said Simone Di Meo, Criminal Intelligence Officer with INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods programme and the operation’s coordinator.

The operation was carried out within the framework of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods initiative which aims to identify and dismantle the organized crime networks siphoning billions of Euros from the public purse through the trafficking of illicit goods.

“The high number of arrests and illicit goods seized during Operation Black Poseidon highlights the international scale of illicit trade and the benefits national police, customs and other law enforcement agencies derive from working closely together with representatives of regulatory bodies and the private sector to stop the criminal networks behind this crime,” said John Newton, the head of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods unit.

INTERPOL’s initiative combating illicit trade will assist police across its 190 member countries to not only target the transnational crime groups but also identify the routes used in transporting illicit goods, which are often also used for human trafficking and drug smuggling.

The key role that industry will play in supporting INTERPOL’s initiative was underlined with the decision by Phillip Morris International in June to pledge 15 million Euros over a three-year period to INTERPOL’s Fund for a Safer World to help the world police body develop a strong global programme against trafficking in illicit goods.”

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Canada to fund INTERPOL project combating organized crime and drug trafficking in Americas

July 9, 2012

INTERPOL on July 6, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – Canada is to contribute nearly one and a half million US dollars for an INTERPOL-led project to combat transnational crime related to illicit drug trafficking in the Americas.

INTERPOL’s Regional Intelligence Gathering and Criminal Analysis project will provide equipment and training in intelligence gathering and criminal analysis techniques to local and regional law enforcement agencies across Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean to better respond to drug-related crimes.

“Implementing a regional approach to counter the rampant drug trade in the Americas is critical to local and international security. We must continue to build the capacity of law enforcement agencies to stay one step ahead of these sophisticated criminal networks,” said Canada’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Diane Ablonczy.

“It is through the implementation of our shared objectives with trusted partners that we can mitigate the criminal activity and violence associated with illicit drug trafficking.

“Working to accomplish these common goals allows countries throughout the hemisphere to improve safety for their citizens and visitors,” concluded Minister Ablonczy.

INTERPOL’s Director of Capacity Building and Training, Dale Sheehan, welcomed the support as a significant boost to the world police body’s ability to assist its member countries identify and dismantle the transnational organized crime networks behind the illicit trafficking of drugs.

“Canada’s support recognizes the important role that INTERPOL’s global network plays in supporting law enforcement in tackling national, regional and global crime issues,” said Mr Sheehan.

“This project will see police officers in the Americas further develop skills in order to fully exploit research and analysis to support their investigations, thereby enhancing their ability to combat crime and protect citizens.”

“This financial contribution to INTERPOL’s Regional Intelligence Gathering and Criminal Analysis project is testimony to Canada’s commitment to capacity building,” concluded Mr Sheehan.

The funding comes through Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) which supports efforts by countries in the Americas to prevent and respond to threats posed by transnational organized crime networks.”

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INTERPOL calls on public to help track international fugitives in global operation

June 11, 2012

INTERPOL on June 11, 2012 released the following:

“LYON, France – An INTERPOL operation targeting fugitives wanted for offences including murder, robbery, kidnapping and drug trafficking is calling for the public’s help in locating and bringing them to justice.

Operation Infra-Red (International Fugitive Round Up and Arrest – Red Notices) 2012 was launched by the world police body on 14 May, focusing on more than 500 fugitives wanted by 57 member countries and has already led to the arrest or location of internationally-wanted people worldwide.

It was within the framework of Operation Infra-Red that suspected killer, Luka Rocco Magnotta, was arrested in Germany just four days after INTERPOL issued a Red Notice for the 29-year-old at the request of Canadian authorities.

A number of Infra-Red 2012 targets wanted for a range of offences are now being specifically highlighted as part of the public appeal for assistance.

Stefano Carvelli, Head of INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit, which is coordinating Infra-Red, said the Magnotta case highlights the vital contribution that the public can make in helping police find criminals on the run.

“Often Infra-Red cases are those where all police leads have been exhausted and fresh information is needed to give the investigations new drive, which is why we are appealing to the public to assist us,” said Mr Carvelli.

“I would urge everyone to look closely at the photos of these individuals, think about people they have met either in the real world or via social networking sites, could they be one of these fugitives?

“Any information at all could prove crucial in identifying and bringing these people to justice, some of whom have been hiding for years,” added Mr Carvelli.

Since the initial Infra-Red in 2010 similar operations, Infra-SA (South America) and Infra-SEA (South East Asia) have been coordinated by INTERPOL, resulting in arrests around the globe, including most recently that of Stanislav Molodyakov, wanted by Russian authorities in connection with child sex crime offences who was taken into custody by Cambodian police on Monday 4 June.

The initial phase of operation Infra-Red 2012 saw investigators from 28 of the participating countries and Europol gather at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France to directly share information on suspects.

Details of the wanted persons, their suspected locations and any other potentially identifying information was collated and analysed, before being sent to involved countries through INTERPOL’s global network of 190 National Central Bureaus for action.

Information on the whereabouts of the targets of Operation Infra-Red 2012 or any internationally-wanted persons can be sent to INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support unit. Information can also be given anonymously to any national Crime Stoppers programme, or via www.csiworld.org”

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Interpol notice tests U.S.-Venezuela relations

May 3, 2012

CNN on May 3, 2012 released the following:

“(CNN) — A former Venezuelan judge — a fugitive in his home country who was last known to be in the United States — stands to become a source of contention between the two nations.

Interpol issued a Red Notice for Eladio Aponte Aponte, Venezuelan Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said Wednesday night. The notice is an international alert that asks any country with information about his whereabouts to arrest him with a view to his extradition.

But Aponte Aponte counts on support from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, for whom he purportedly works as a source. The former Supreme Court justice fled to Costa Rica, and last month was transported from there to the United States in a DEA aircraft, officials of the Central American country said.

Venezuelan officials removed Aponte Aponte from his post in March, accusing him of providing a government credential to a man authorities allege was one of the world’s top drug lords.

Aponte Aponte, who has not confirmed or denied that accusation, left Venezuela the day he was supposed to face questioning in the Venezuelan National Assembly.

The U.S. Justice Department did not immediately comment on whether it would honor the Interpol notice.

In April, Aponte Aponte sat down for an interview with SOiTV in Miami in which he claimed he made rulings in cases based on requests from Chavez and other top officials.

“They just asked for favors that I complied with. And woe be the judge that refused to cooperate. … They were dismissed,” Aponte Aponte said.

Several of his remarks contradicted previous statements by top Venezuelan officials — including Chavez.

Asked whether there are political prisoners in Venezuela — something Chavez has previously denied — Aponte Aponte said yes.

CNN has not independently confirmed the former justice’s accusations.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro last month accused the United States of trying to destabilize his country’s government.

“It is easy to understand how a fugitive from justice processed for his connections with drug trafficking mafias and removed from his job has sold his soul to the DEA,” Maduro said. “The DEA has appeared again as a political actor in Venezuela against Venezuela.”

While the Venezuelan justice minister provided a copy of the Interpol notice on the Internet, it did not appear on Interpol’s website.

Interpol said that countries have the option of not publicizing the Red Notice on its website.”

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INTERPOL agreement with CARICC to boost fight against terrorism and drug trafficking

April 30, 2012

INTERPOL on April 25, 2012 released the following:

“ALMATY, Kazakhstan – An agreement between INTERPOL and the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors (CARICC) will provide an enhanced platform for international cooperation in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking.

Under the accord, CARICC will have direct access to INTERPOL’s police information system and global databases, enabling the organizations to exchange information on drug traffickers and members of terrorist organizations, and identify the proceeds of drug trafficking being used to fund terrorist activity.

“Today we witness one of the significant milestones of the cooperation between CARICC and the General Secretariat of INTERPOL, with the signing of the cooperation agreement.

“This agreement will enable the Centre to access and use INTERPOL’s police information system databases, thus boosting the capacities of CARICC Center,” said CARICC Director, Lieutenant General Beksultan Sarsekov who signed the agreement at the launch of the two-day (25-26 April) Terrorism and Drug Trafficking Interactivity operational working group meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Head of INTERPOL’s Drugs and Criminal Organizations unit, Gianni Baldi said, “The signature of the agreement between INTERPOL and CARICC will strengthen and enhance the ongoing collaboration between our two organizations, and supports the INTERPOL General Assembly-endorsed resolutions which call for increased cooperation with regional police organizations.

“It will also provide another powerful tool to combat drug trafficking, supporting the efforts of INTERPOL member countries not only in the Central Asian region, but also for the global law enforcement community,” added Mr Baldi.

Held under the framework of INTERPOL’s Project Kalkan, the meeting brings together counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics officers from 16 countries, to discuss a range of issues including the coordination of operations and investigations to detect the criminal activities of terrorist organizations and transnational drug trafficking groups in South and Central Asia.

Launched in 2004, Project Kalkan is an INTERPOL counter-terrorism initiative focusing on Central and South Asia that is designed to populate INTERPOL’s databases with names and other information regarding terrorists and their networks in the region.

Countries participating in the working group are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, France, Georgia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA and Uzbekistan, as well as a delegation from the Anti-Terrorism Center of the Commonwealth of Independent States.”

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INTERPOL-EU ties securing borders & preventing crime

March 21, 2012

Uploaded by INTERPOLHQ to YouTube on March 20, 2012 released the following:

INTERPOL-EU ties securing borders & preventing crime

“INTERPOL: Interview with Cecilia Malmstrom, EU Home Affairs Commissioner. 15 March 2012

INTERPOL a key partner for a secure Europe, says EU Commissioner Malmström

LYON, France — A secure Europe needs global law enforcement support, with INTERPOL a key partner in meeting security challenges, European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström told police chiefs at the closing of the INTERPOL Heads of National Central Bureaus conference.

Addressing the 270 senior police officials from 148 countries, Commissioner Malmström said that to effectively fight organized crime and cybercrime, which pose the greatest risks to EU security, the need for partnerships with countries beyond Europe is essential.

“INTERPOL, with its National Central Bureaus in 190 member countries is a key partner for the European Union in addressing these global threats,” said Commissioner Malmström.

“Day-to-day cooperation between INTERPOL and police forces in the EU member states goes back many years and is invaluable in linking EU criminal intelligence with INTERPOL’s databases and global network.”

Highlighting the need for close cooperation in tackling these shared threats, the Commissioner explained her plans to establish a European Cybercrime Centre to work closely with the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore, which will include a state-of-the-art facility for boosting cyber security and countering cybercrime, to assist in the streamlining of regional and global investigations.

An important element in the enhanced cooperation between the two organizations was the opening of the INTERPOL liaison office in Brussels in 2009. Pierre Reuland, the Special Representative of INTERPOL to the European Union, said that ‘when it comes to global police cooperation INTERPOL is the natural partner to link EU member countries and agencies to the rest of the world’.

In meetings with Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other senior INTERPOL officials, Commissioner Malmström discussed a range of activities where the EU and INTERPOL work closely together, particularly under the EU’s Internal Security Strategy.

“INTERPOL is working closer than ever with European bodies such as Europol, Frontex, Cepol and Eurojust in crime areas as diverse as maritime piracy, human trafficking and counterfeiting,” said Secretary General Noble.

“The European Union has recognized INTERPOL’s unique capacity to supplement law enforcement efforts at the European level, particularly in the effective management of borders where transnational criminals are at their most vulnerable,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

An EU-funded programme has seen expansion of access to INTERPOL’s unique global database of Stolen and Lost Travel Documents throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Americas, helping to secure borders and identify criminals attempting to enter Europe, and elsewhere, using false identities.

Plans for the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) being developed with INTERPOL and funded by the EU were also discussed during the high-level meeting. The WAPIS project will facilitate the collection, centralization, management, sharing and analysis of police information on a national, regional and global level to more effectively tackle crime areas such as drug trafficking, illegal immigration, money laundering and weapons trafficking.”

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Benin key player in West African efforts to fight transnational crime

February 29, 2012

INTERPOL on February 28, 2012 released the following:

“Achievements marked during INTERPOL Secretary General visit

COTONOU, Benin – In his first visit to Benin, which this year marks its 50th anniversary as an INTERPOL member country, Secretary General Ronald K. Noble met with President Thomas Boni Yayi as well as other senior government and police officials to recognize the country’s contribution to global law enforcement cooperation.

In the past half century of INTERPOL membership, Benin has participated in a wide range of key regional projects targeting drug trafficking, human trafficking, organized crime and fake goods and medicines which endanger the health and safety of citizens.

Secretary General Noble was briefed on a series of drug seizures as a result of close cooperation between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Cotonou, Brazil and Portugal. In this respect, the recent success of Operation Cocair 3 saw the seizure of more than 500 kilogrammes of drugs and the recovery of cash totaling two and half million euros in 25 airports across Western and Central Africa and Brazil.

During his two-day mission, Secretary General Noble also visited a Customs and Immigration outpost between Benin and Nigeria at the border town of Krake. Mr Noble announced plans to help Benin connect its central national database to INTERPOL’s global databases, to enable officers at border control points to carry out instant checks on individuals to determine if they are wanted internationally or attempting to enter on fraudulent travel documents.

After receiving the Ordre National du Bénin, the INTERPOL chief met with the President of Benin Thomas Boni Yayi. Accepting the honour on behalf of the world police organization, Mr Noble thanked Benin for their long-standing and strong support of INTERPOL.

“Under the leadership of President Boni Yayi, Benin continues to make a significant contribution to global law enforcement, which makes this honour a recognition of the efforts of officers in Benin and all around the world, every police man and woman who put their lives on the line every day,” said Secretary General Noble.

“In my meetings with the Minister of the Interior, the Director General of Police, staff from our National Central Bureau and officers in the field, this commitment to law enforcement is clear to see and I look forward to our continued strong partnership with Benin in the future,” added the INTERPOL chief.”

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