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UN Recognizes Venezuela?s Struggle Against Drug-Trafficking

According to the INCB

A report issued by the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) described the achievements of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the fight against drug-trafficking.

The report, published on February 24, annually monitors the global fight against drug trafficking. The report highlighted three achievements made by Venezuela in the fight against drug trafficking – the strengthening of measures to combat money laundering, the implementation of the National Anti-Drug Plan and monitoring of substances not currently under international monitoring laws.

On the measures taken to combat money laundering, the director of Venezuela’s National Anti-Drug Office (ONA), Colonel Néstor Reverol, noted that ONA trained 430 officials of several Venezuelan institutions. In 2009, seminars were conducted on investigation techniques and the control and prevention of money laundering.  

The National Anti-Drugs Plan directs the efforts of Venezuelan authorities in the development of actions to fight illicit drug-trafficking, including surveillance of Venezuelan airspace and areas prone to illicit cultivation, the destruction of clandestine runways, the control of precursor chemicals and research by the Venezuelan Observatory of Drugs to tackle to national use.

Regarding the Venezuelan monitoring of four substances not currently under international control, Reverol explained that it responds to a plan carried out by ONA since 2007 to prevent the use of certain chemicals that drug traffickers take from legal industries to process drugs such as cocaine. Starting from the precept that “without chemicals there is no cocaine,” a record of 12,259 tons of several substances were seized by authorized agencies in 2009, while by February 26, 2010, more than 583,000 kilos were seized.      

International Cooperation

The report also highlights Venezuela’s cooperation against drug-trafficking. It remarks that in 2009 Venezuela, together with other countries, launched a new initiative to prevent the trafficking of drug precursors in Latin America and the Caribbean, co-financed by the European Commission.

Furthermore, the report points out that Venezuela is part of the cooperation project developed among homeland security offices to fight cocaine trafficking from South America to Europe, through West Africa, financed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.   

Bolivarian News Agency, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S. Press and Communications Office / March 1, 2010            

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