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AIRCOP in Latin America and The Caribbean: An overview

The AIRCOP network in Latin America and the Caribbean expanded steadily throughout 2015, 2016 and 2017

In 2015, AIRCOP b

ecame operational in the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo and Punta Cana) and Panama (Panama City), followed by Argentina (Buenos Aires), Barbados (Bridgetown), Brazil (Sao Paulo - GRU), Colombia (Bogota), El Salvador (San Salvador), Jamaica (Kingston and Montego Bay) and Peru (Lima) in 2016. Bolivia will become operational in 2017.

The rapid growth 

of AIRCOP throughout the Latin America and Caribbean region, particularly in 2016, indicates increased political will and commitment to the Project by national authorities and international partners, contributing significantly to the strengthening of the network and the promotion of communication and the sharing of information.

While collaborating directly with the World Customs Organization  (WCO) and INTERPOL in the implementation of the project, UNODC also remains committed to furthering collaboration with international partners both in the implementation of the AIRCOP Training Syllabus, as well as through operational cooperation on a day to day and case by case basis.


A IRCOP  Latin A meri ca and Cari bb e an has seiz ed so far, in just two a nd half years, 3,276 kilos of drugs.

Cocaine seizures account for the bulk of the region at 90%of all seizures. Cannabis seizures account for 6% of drug seizures with77% of these seizures being carried out by JAITFS at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston

 and the Sangster 

International Airport in Montego Bay in Jamaica.  Likewise, through the implementation of AIRCOP in Latin America and the Caribbean, JAITFs across the network have seized cash amounting to over 1.2 million USD, with 70% of this amount confiscated by the AIRCOP JAITF Santo Domingo.