CRIMJUST holds an Experts Working Group on Best practices for investigation and prosecution of trafficking drug transnational cases
17-19 May 2022 - CRIMJUST held a meeting with experts on Best practices for investigation and prosecution of trafficking drug transnational cases with countries belonging to the Network of Anti-Drug Prosecutors of Ibero-America (RFAI) such as Argentina, Spain, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile; to enhance participants' ability to deal with drug trafficking and transnational organized crime cases.
The participants explored modules on information gathering and data collection, case management, effective prosecution strategies, controlled deliveries, and recovery of assets.
Particularly, the meeting included working groups on different topics such as best practices in investigations of transnational drug trafficking; innovative and more effective criminal investigative mechanisms; prioritization and optimization of public resources, inter-institutional coordination, institutional management; collection, analysis and dissemination of criminal information and production of information actionable; special investigative techniques such as controlled deliveries, physical and electronic surveillance, undercover operations, financial analysis, and use of informants; formal cooperation and inter-institutional cooperation; human rights and gender considerations (rights of victims, witnesses and investigated persons); criminal prosecution and prosecution of transnational drug cases, preparation, strategies, prosecution and sentencing; confiscation of assets and proceeds of crime, money laundering, asset forfeiture and recovery of assets from illicit.
The Experts Working Group meeting concluded with the development of a document including best practices and a discussion on the lessons learned and international standards for investigating transnational drug trafficking cases. Finally, an interregional case forum was held.
This CRIMJUST activity was funded by the European Union under the framework of the "Global Illicit Flows Programme" [GIFP]. It joins existing efforts to enhance law enforcement and judicial counter-narcotic strategies beyond interdiction activities and to foster transnational responses targeting each stage of the drug supply chain.
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