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UNODC strengthens institutional capacities and competencies in Honduras in the prevention, criminal prosecution, and criminal investigation of the diversion of chemical substances

Honduras, April 29, 2023. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through the Regional Program “Secure Handling and Disposal of Seized Drugs and Chemical Precursors” (STAND), delivered the workshop “Legal Strengthening for the Prevention and Prosecution of the Diversion of Chemical Substances.” The training was addressed to 32 public officials from security and justice institutions with the objective of strengthening criminal prosecution and criminal investigation of the diversion of chemical substances and precursors to the illicit market.
The production of synthetic and natural drugs depends largely on the acquisition of chemical products that are used in the synthesis process or as precursors. These chemical products are acquired by the legal national industry to manufacture medicines, industrial chemicals, and other goods. However, some of these chemical products can be diverted to the illicit market to manufacture illegal substances.
For this reason, it is important that national authorities implement administrative control measures to prevent the national industry from being infiltrated. It is also essential to strengthen criminal investigation and prosecution so that the prosecutor can present sustainable cases before a court and effective sanctions are applied. These measures are fundamental in the fight against the diversion of chemical substances for the illicit manufacture of drugs.
Through the Regional Program STAND, UNODC strengthened and developed the knowledge of 32 public officials from the Public Prosecutor's Office, Secretariat of Security, Honduran Regulatory Agency for Sanitation, Honduran Customs Administration, Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, and Armed Forces on the regional impact, legal aspects, investigation, and prosecution of the diversion of chemical substances and precursors for the manufacture of illicit drugs.
These actions are carried out thanks to the financial support of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the Government of the United States of America.