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CCP in Latin America and the Caribbean: Record seizures of cocaine

Panama, 6 June 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the playing field in the fight against organized crime and illicit trafficking. Despite reduced staff and remote working, through risk based profiling and the targeting of suspect containers, the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP) has nonetheless achieved significant results.

Regional CCP Port Control and Air Cargo Control Units (PCUs and ACCUs) continue to intercept large shipments of illicit drugs destined for Europe and other global markets. Whilst ports in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain remain primary destinations, shipments to Mexico and Japan have also been identified. In the first four months of 2021, the PCUs and ACCUs in the region conducted over 90 seizures, totalling more than 55 metric tonnes of cocaine. Colombia, Panama, Ecuador and Brazil are consistently seen as the  countries of origin and transhipment for increasing quantities of drugs to the North American and European markets. Another example of the CCP LAC units success was following the analysis of container scanned images by the PCU Cartagena; it was possible to detect alterations made in the structure of a tank (see photo), finding 712 rectangular packages with cocaine destined to Mexico on in March 2021.  
Current donors include: The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), United States of America, Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) Canada, European Union


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