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Course on counter-narcotics operations on identification, handling, storage and final disposal of precursors and chemical substances in Guatemala

Guatemala, February 6, 2023. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the Regional Program for the Secure Management and Disposal of Seized Drugs and Chemical Precursors (STAND), develops the intermediate course on counter-narcotics operations for the identification, handling, storage and final disposal of precursors and chemicals used for the manufacture of drugs with the aim of strengthening the capacities and processes of the General Sub-Directorate for Analysis of Counter-narcotics Information (SGAIA) of the National Civil Police (PNC).

The Regional STAND Program, in coordination with the Central American School of Canine Training (ECEC), the Educational and Doctrine Department, and the General Sub-Directorate of Anti-Narcotics Information Analysis of the PNC, developed the course curriculum with the purpose of specializing personnel in methods and techniques for the identification, handling and final disposal of precursors and chemical substances; legal regulations to support these processes; production processes of drugs of natural and synthetic origin and regional and global trends in the phenomenon of drug trafficking.

This training will strengthen the knowledge of 30 agents from the Precursors and Chemical Substances Section, the Drug Evidence Storage Department, the Chemical Investigation Section and the Central American School of Canine Training, this process will last 144 effective hours of learning, National trainers from the National Institute of Forensic Sciences (INACIF), the Special Anti-Narcotics Unit (UNESA), the Criminal Investigations Directorate (DICRI) of the Public Prosecutor's Office and international trainers from the UNODC STAND Program, which will allow the consolidation of the regional model of the Complex of Chemical Substances and Precursors of Guatemala.

The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. Helver Beltetón, Deputy Director of the General Sub-Directorate of SGAIA, Mr. Fernando Manolo Rodas, Fifth Vice Minister of the Ministry of Interior and Ms. Kelly Hapka, Director of the Section of Anti-Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in Guatemala (INL-G).

These actions are carried out thanks to the financial support of the Counterdrug and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL) of the Government of the United States of America.