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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Customs and Police target drug couriers in operations at airports across Africa and Brazil

February 13, 2012

INTERPOL on February 13, 2012 released the following:

“DAKAR, Senegal – An operation to disrupt the trafficking of drugs from South America to Europe via Africa has resulted in the seizure of more than 500 kilogrammes of drugs and the recovery of cash totalling two and half million euros in 25 airports across Western and Central Africa and Brazil.

Operation Cocair 3, led by the World Customs Organization (WCO) supported by INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), also resulted in nearly 50 arrests in addition to the recovery of guns, counterfeit products including medicines and goods prohibited from export such as ivory and cultural artworks.

Cocaine, heroin, cannabis, ecstasy, methamphetamine and amphetamines were among the drugs discovered in suitcases and a variety of hiding places including tins of tuna and in one instance, beneath a woman’s wig.

In addition to normal risk profiling by customs officers, during the two-week operation in November and December 2011, advance passenger information checks against INTERPOL’s global databases enabled the early identification of individuals suspected of involvement in drug trafficking, leading to their arrest either as they attempted to leave Brazil or upon arrival at their destination airport.

In addition to the WCO communications network among the participating countries, INTERPOL’s global network connecting each of its 190 National Central Bureaus also led to arrests in countries not taking part in Cocair 3. The Command and Coordination Centre at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France liaised with countries to pass on information about high-risk passengers, such as a 48-year-old South African man arriving from Brazil via Lisbon who was taken into custody at Maputo airport in Mozambique with 53 capsules of cocaine in his stomach.

Announcing the results in Dakar, Secretary General of the WCO, Kunio Mikuriya said, “It is essential that we unite and coordinate our efforts on a daily basis to fight illicit drug trafficking in all its forms and on all fronts: this is a scourge exacerbated by the effects of globalization. Operation Cocair 3 – the result of some excellent cooperation between WCO, INTERPOL, UNODC and the European Commission – is a fine example of the success we can achieve.”

Ahead of the operation more than 40 customs and law enforcement officers from the participating countries were given specialist training provided by INTERPOL and the WCO in combating drug trafficking.

“Drug traffickers will use every opportunity to exploit any weakness in security, which is why joint police and customs operations such as Cocair are so important in producing an effective law enforcement response against this form of criminality,” said INTERPOL’s Acting Executive Director for Police Services, Bernd Rossbach.

Operation Cocair 3 was carried out under the umbrella of AIRCOP, a project funded by the European Union and Canada aimed at building drug-interdiction capabilities at selected international airports through improved inter-service coordination and international cooperation. The project, involving INTERPOL, the UNODC and the WCO also aims to promote information-sharing between services at national and international level as well as an intelligence-led approach to countering drug trafficking.

Participating countries in Cocair 3; Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.”

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