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UNODC strengthened the knowledge of antinarcotics agents to prevent, investigate and combat the manufacture and commercialization of narcotics

Guatemala, March 29, 2023. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the Regional Program for the Secure Treatment and Disposal of Seized Drugs and Chemical Precursors (STAND), developed 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 Subdirectorate for Analysis of Counter-narcotics Information of the National Civil Police.

During the training, 29 agents developed and strengthened their knowledge in analysis and management of risks associated with the handling of illicit drugs, substances and chemical precursors, addressing aspects of substance identification, risk assessment, exposure control, development of an action plan to the definition of the appropriate method of disposal, among other key issues in the development of drug control activities.

National trainers from the National Institute of Forensic Sciences (INACIF), the Special Antinarcotics Unit (UNESA), the Criminal Investigations Directorate (DICRI) of the Public Prosecutor's Office and international trainers from the UNODC STAND Program participated in this training process. Through this process, the regional model of the Complex of Chemical Substances and Precursors of Guatemala is consolidated.

In this way, UNODC strengthens the capacities of SGAIA-PNC in police and legal competences for the identification, handling and final disposal of precursors and chemical substances, in order to prevent, investigate and combat the manufacture and commercialization of narcotics, in accordance with the national and international legal system.

These actions are carried out thanks to the financial support of the United States Government's International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL).