Interpol and South American National Agencies against Drugs discuss transnational models and strategies

18 November, 2011 - In an effort to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in the region, the Interpol Regional Bureau for South America held the American Meeting of National Agencies Related to the Fight against Drugs Traffic in South America, from 9 to 11 November, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Under the theme "Regional Situation of Drugs Traffic: Towards Strategies Design and Tactical Models of Transnational Fight", the meeting had the purpose to strengthen the international cooperation in South America regarding the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime.

During the meeting, countries from the region exchanged information and good practices in their efforts, tasks, and knowledge directly or indirectly related to the fight against drugs trafficking.

The objective is to jointly prepare a diagnosis of the present drug trafficking situation in South America, and to propose the design - at an operative level- of strategies and action tactical models of transnational operative intervention against specific areas of the production chain and drugs trafficking.

At the end of the meeting, a permanent group of national experts in the fight against drugs was created, in order to foster efforts in the building and implementation of future joint transnational operative activities in the region.

During the meeting, the regional representative of UNODC for Brazil and the Southern Cone, Bo Mathiasen, presented an overview of drug trafficking trends in South America while highlighting the crucial role of international cooperation to counter organized crime in the region.

Regarding international cooperation experiences, UNODC Senior Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Advisor for Paraguay, José Manuel Matinez, presented the ONODC's Plan of Action on International Cooperation for an Integrated Strategy.

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