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#Jamaica, June 17, 2022 – In 2021, a total of 34,832 kg of marijuana and 1,226 kg of cocaine were seized by police, according to data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). These seizures took place inland, at airports and at controlled and uncontrolled seaports.

The disclosure was made by the Minister of National Security and Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, during the opening of the Organization of American States (OAS): Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) training workshop on policy monitoring and evaluation, National Drug Strategies and Plans on June 15 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

Dr Chang said the implementation of several key mechanisms and the collaborative efforts of stakeholders have resulted in the seizures.

These include the creation of special investigative units by the Narcotics Division, aimed at disrupting and dismantling narcotics organizations linked to the flow of drugs between Jamaica and drug-using countries.

In addition, the review and amendment of legislation critical to drug control efforts has had a significant impact on the influx of illicit drugs into the country, including improving and strengthening the legal framework and information on Jamaica’s Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing. data sharing mechanisms available for law enforcement officers.

In addition, there is inter-agency collaboration for the collection of data used to analyze trends and intelligence for the identification and screening of suspects (anti-narcotics interceptions), which are done at sea. collaborative effort between the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) and the JCF Marine Police.

Another deterrent is the establishment and strengthening of international and regional cooperation measures through the signing of international agreements and the enactment of laws aimed at providing an effective framework to facilitate the signing and implementation of these agreements.

“Reference is made to steps taken by Jamaica to amend its Drug Trafficking at Sea (Removal) Act 1998 (MDTSA) to facilitate ratification of the Treaty of San Jose. The Treaty of San José represents a regional effort to address the problem of drug trafficking by air and sea through proactive law enforcement cooperation,” said the Minister, stressing that it is thanks With the implementation of these mechanisms Jamaica has been able to reduce the illicit supply of drugs entering the country.

The responsibility for managing and implementing supply reduction measures is carried out in collaboration by the JCF, the JDF, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) and the Port Security Corps, among others.

Over the years, Dr. Chang said efforts have focused on stakeholder coordination and international cooperation; investment in the development of data-driven policies and practices; legislative reform; Capacity Building; acquisition of required equipment, tools and software; and the implementation of alternative programs were given priority.

The two-day training workshop (June 15 and 16) is organized by the Government of Jamaica, in collaboration with OAS/CICAD, with financial support from the Government of Canada.

It aims to help OAS member states prepare a monitoring and evaluation framework for the national drug policy strategy or plan.

Version: JIS

Contact: Rochelle Williams

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