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AIRCOP launches operations in Cuba

Panama, May 16, 2022. AIRCOP, global program of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, began operations at José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba, on May 9.
This office will provide real-time operational communication between international airports to counter organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and prevent terrorism.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Nelson Cordovés Reyes, head of the General Customs of the Republic, the Vice Minister of Justice, Pilar Alicia Barona and Sergio Naranjo, regional coordinator of AIRCOP.
Naranjo highlighted the great technical and technological capacity of Cuba, which has high-tech equipment and a highly qualified staff that interacts seamlessly to meet the objectives and obtain better results in the fight against transnational organized crime.
It is worth noting that the Cuban joint task force has already achieved its first results with two seizures of cocaine, one from Medellin and the other from Suriname.

Prior to this opening, the joint task force received an induction training with the participation of 30 agents from 5 different agencies such as the Directorate of Identification, Identification and Foreigners; Specialized Anti-Drug Enforcement Body; INTERPOL; Specialized Anti-Terrorism Enforcement Body and the General Customs. The objective of this training was to strengthen the officers' capabilities, covering operational and intelligence aspects, as well as other cross-cutting issues. The course was conducted by experts from Bolivia and UNODC. The training shared information on trafficking routes, new trafficking trends and border security.
This is an initiative that is carried out with the support of Canada, specifically in this new extension of the project in the Republic of Cuba.
The main objective of AIRCOP is to strengthen investigation, detection and interdiction capabilities at participating international airports through the exchange of real-time operational information and the establishment and training of Joint Airport Interdiction Task Forces (JAITFs), comprised of national border control law enforcement agencies.