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Regional Training in Cyber-Enabled Drug Trafficking in Central America and Dominican Republic

Panama, 7 May 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) through the CRIMJUST Global Programme "Strengthening Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice Cooperation along Drug Trafficking Routes" and the Global Programme on Cybercrime, delivered a regional training for investigators in cyber-enabled drug trafficking.
Law enforcement agencies from Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic participated in this fifteen-hours training from 3 to 7 May 2021.

The objectives of this activity were:

  1. To explain techniques and tools applied to the investigation of cases that involve the identification and acquisition of information found in online platforms, such as social media, search engines and online markets. With a focus on due diligence as the action framework for the investigator.
  2. Reflect about how criminals use information and communications technology (ICT) to commit drug trafficking.

Moreover, H.E. Mr. Christian Hoormaert, Ambassador of the European Union in Panama, during the opening ceremony of this training, stated that “our strategic alliance with UNODC has been key to strengthen cooperation in investigation and criminal justice along drug trafficking routes.”

Additionally, in this activity, each participating country delivered a presentation about the current challenges the country’s faces in terms of investigating drug trafficking facilitated by ICT.

Furthermore, UNODC team delivered presentations on introduction to cybercrime, cyber organized crime, open source intelligence, introduction to cryptocurrencies, and international cooperation for requesting digital evidence.

This regional training has been made possible thanks to funding from the European Union and the United Kingdom.