Counternarcotics

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 11:13
With the U.S. Coast Guard, the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman (FFG 59) interdicted 528 kg of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of approximately $176-million.
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:11

The U.S. removed Paraguay from its list of major narcotics transit or producing countries in September 2010 because illicit substances from there are mostly "trafficked to the neighboring countries of Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay but not to the United States." Still, it would be a mistake for the U.S. ignore narcocorruption in Paraguay just because drugs from there don't usually end up in the United States.

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 06:29
After more than eight years of widespread violence spanning two Mexican presidential administrations, the country's drug war has led to the consolidation of just two remaining major cartels and the splintering and degradation of the country's other drug trafficking organizations.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 12:02
“These boats are an addition to defeat crime and drug trafficking in Colombia. That is our principal objective with our ally the United States,” said Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon when receiving the vessels from the US’ Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 06:50
When a crack unit of Kenyan narco cops raided a Mombasa villa in November, after an eight-month undercover US investigation, it marked a step change in Africa's fight against drug trafficking.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 13:25
The newsletter of the Bureau of International and Law Enforcement Affairs reports on new gang resistance education and training in Guatemala, the "Mandela Rules" on global prison standards, the expansion of anti-gang programs in Honduras, and the symposium on Empowering Women in Mixed Legal Systems.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 09:10

In December 2006, Mexican President Felipe Calderon kicked off a new phase of the decades-long drug war when he sent thousands of federal soldiers and police into his home state of Michoacán to battle criminal groups operating in the region. This battle soon became a nationwide war that continues to this day.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 07:09
Brazil has a terrifying record when it comes to violence. It features more homicides than any other country on earth: one in ten people killed around the world each year is a Brazilian. This translates into 56,000 people dying violently a year, most of them young black boys killed in a hail of gunfire.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 07:02
Many Colombian farmers have traded in their coca for other crops, growing cacao (for making chocolate), corn and plantains, while also raising cattle for milk and meat. The effort has suddenly gained new urgency, given the government’s decision last month to halt a longstanding American-backed campaign to kill coca crops with aerial spraying.
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 06:34
A “peace delegate” from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was among the 27 guerrillas killed in a May 22nd airstrike by the Colombian Air Force, authorities confirmed Wednesday. President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the strike on a FARC camp in southwest Colombia in retaliation for a mid-April ambush that killed or wounded nearly three dozen soldiers.

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