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Monday, October 14, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Cuba: zero tolerance to drug trafficking

Havana, Cuba, Mar 20.- Cuba last year seized 2,438 kilograms of drugs, most of them marijuana, coming from bales by international drug trafficking operations that did not have the island as their destination, the least amount of drugs occupied in the last three years.

An article published today by Granma newspaper points out that sources from the Ministry of the Interior reported that 77 percent of the drug occupied in the country was due to bales that were adrift in the sea; operations organized by Cubans living abroad with the use of speedboats, and accounts for the movement of naval means through routes close to the country, as well as the detection of facts of possession and consumption by yachtsmen.

At the air border, 49 operations attempting to introduce drugs were neutralized, most with the purpose of commercializing them in the country, with 90 detainees (54 Cubans and 36 foreigners) and a total of 81 kilograms of narcotics occupied, more than the 64 kilograms of the previous year, adds the newspaper.

It also points out that these operations were organized by criminal networks made up of foreigners and nationals and were mainly concentrated in the José Martí international airport, although one was investigated by Holguín's Frank País, as well as two cases through the postal channel and one through the capital's international cargo terminal.

When referring to the battle against consumption and internal trafficking, the main actions of confrontation were aimed at neutralizing facts of people recovering bales on the coast; isolated harvests of marijuana; transfer of these substances to other territories, as well as the prevention of the consumption of drugs and medicines with similar effects.

As a result of the confrontation with these modalities in depth, 83 kilograms of drugs were seized, higher than the 18 kilograms of the previous year, which prevented their commercialization and consumption.

Granma's article highlights the cooperation of the Ministry of the Interior and the Revolutionary Armed Forces in close coordination with other institutions, social organizations and the masses, to increase deterrence and confrontation actions through the Detachments Looking to the Sea and the institutions that affect coastal areas.

Similarly, the Border Troop Command has continued to exchange information in real time with anti-drug services in the area (United States, Jamaica, Bahamas and Mexico) and investigations are continuing to ensure the necessary elements of evidence and to request, through operational cooperation, the extradition and criminal prosecution of Cubans living abroad who promote such operations so that they do not go unpunished.

According to Granma, international operational cooperation strengthens links with 37 foreign police services, Interpol and other agencies, based on the exchange of information, the promotion and development of cooperative investigations and mutual legal assistance.

The results of 2018 confirm Cuba's absolute commitment to achieving a society free of illicit drugs, as a vital element in achieving sustainable development and the well-being of our people. (ACN)