Published On: Mon, Mar 18th, 2013

Curaçao is not fully equipped to fight drug trafficking


WILLEMSTAD – The U.S. Department of State thinks that the CARICOM countries (Caribbean Community) should do more to combat drugs. In a report, America was also very critical of the weak drugs fighting of Curaçao.

The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2013, published this week, states that the U.S. is very critical of some countries for their fight against drugs. Especially the Caribbean and surrounding countries.

Curacao does not come out well in the report. "Curacao still has the capacity to effectively tackle domestic drug-related crime, violence and corruption. Especially the police force which since 2010 is without a permanent chief and a general lack of leadership which is one of the factors that contributed to a minimal success of drug control in 2012.

Recently David Luna, Director of the U.S. State Department for Anti-Crime Programs, gave a presentation at the Caribbean Basin Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Summit (CABSEC). Which took place at the Santa Barbara Resort on Curacao.

Luna told the Caribbean partners that "the United States stand ready to cooperate with you to combat improper traffic on our hemisphere and beyond, and to protect our citizens for the growing threat of international crime, corruption and terrorism.

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