Experts from EUROPOL, Spain’s National Police and Guardia Civil gave a presentation focused on the investigation of crimes involving the trafficking of synthetic drugs
Buenos Aires has hosted the ‘First Course on the Investigation of Crimes related to Synthetic Drugs’ aimed at representatives of police forces and justice workers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
This activity, carried out within the framework of the project ‘EL PAcCTO:Support for AMERIPOL’ , funded by the European Union and managed by the FIIAPP, has responded to a demand made by the Ministry of Security of Argentina to address a growing problem that increasingly affects all countries in the region, the trafficking and consumption of so-called ‘new psychoactive substances‘.
In this regard, with this training, various objectives have been set, such as developing trust-based relationships among the various security forces and bodies in the region, exchanging knowledge and experience in the investigation and prosecution of crimes related to synthetic drugs and Identifying and evaluating the threat in the various participating countries.
The course will also lead to the production of a draft of a protocol for investigating crimes related to synthetic drugs for submission to the Executive Secretariat of AMERIPOL for approval and subsequent dissemination among its members.
The training session was opened by the Ambassador of the European Union to Argentina, Aude Maio-Coliche, who highlighted the importance of international cooperation in the fight against organized crime and the European Union’s commitment to the region through the EL PAcCTO programme and particularly through the work of the project ‘EL PAcCTO: Support for AMERIPOL’.
Furthermore, the chairman of AMERIPOL and head of the Argentine National Gendarmerie Gerardo Otero, highlighted the progress made by AMERIPOL in its path towards institutionalization .
And, finally, the Argentine Minister of Security, Patricia Bullrich, closed the opening ceremony of the course with a presentation about the distinctive characteristics of crimes relating to synthetic drugs.