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NCJ Number: 155865 Find in a Library
Title: War on Drugs: Narcotics Control Efforts in Panama
Author(s): J Brummet; A Ramirez; O Harter; P Nichol; C Martinez
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
National Security and International Affairs Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 12
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) reviewed drug control efforts in Panama to determine the extent to which drug- related activities occur in Panama and the status of U.S. and Panamanian efforts to reduce these activities.
Abstract: Although U.S. officials lack comprehensive statistics on drug-related activities in Panama, they believe that drug trafficking may be increasing and that Panama continues to be a haven for money laundering. U.S. and Panamanian efforts to reduce the flow of illegal drugs into the United States have been hindered because Panama's law enforcement agencies lack the training and resources necessary to conduct effective antidrug operations. In addition, Panama's environment is conducive to money laundering because of the large volume of transactions processed through banking and commercial sectors. Nonetheless, Panama has implemented measures to help identify potential money laundering activities, and the governments of Panama and the United States have signed agreements to reduce drug trafficking and money laundering. The United States also provided Panama with about $1 million in aid for fiscal years 1990 and 1991 to help Panama's law enforcement agencies reduce drug-related activities. These assistance programs, however, experienced delays. The limited role of the U.S. military in assisting drug control efforts in Panama is discussed.
Main Term(s): International drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Drug regulation; Drug smuggling; Foreign police; International agreements; International cooperation; Military role in drug law enforcement; Money laundering; Panama; Police effectiveness
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