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Workshop on cyber elements of drug trafficking in Central America

Panama, September 20, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) through the Cybercrime and CRIMJUST (Strengthening investigation and criminal justice cooperation along drug trafficking routes) programs conducted a training on the cyber elements of drug trafficking.

Twenty-five police units from Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala participated in this workshop.

The objectives of this training were to explain criminal investigation techniques and tools and to assess the extent to which digital technology is used by criminals to commit drug trafficking.

While digitalization has brought about desirable results, such as the development of certain areas of the economy, democratization of access to knowledge and expansion of international and intercultural dialogue, digital technology also has a negative side, in the sense that it has been key to facilitating the commission of various types of crimes, including those related to illicit drugs.

Knowing some concepts of information technology and understanding how crime, especially organized crime, uses the Internet, allows to generate effective and lawful actions by the justice sector, ensuring the rule of law even in cyberspace.

Digital technologies also offer tools for the justice sector to prevent, detect, combat and punish crime effectively.

This training was made possible thanks to funding from the European Union and the government of the United Kingdom.