By Peyton E. Daniels
Africa has traditionally held a peripheral position within the transnational illicit drug alternate, yet lately has more and more turn into a spotlight for drug trafficking, really of cocaine. Africa's emergence as a trafficking nexus looks to have resulted from structural shifts in overseas drug trafficking styles. This booklet examines how most sensible to stability temporary and long term counter-narcotics pursuits and methods in Africa, how a number of U.S. civilian and armed forces and foreign corporation counter-narcotics roles and obligations in Africa can be outlined and what varieties and degrees of assets those efforts may well require.
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The Department of Defense strategy for achieving these goals include reducing threats that flow from ungoverned areas of weak and fragile states, countering humanitarian tragedies that often arise from conflict, ethnic tensions and extreme poverty, working with our partners to build capacity and reduce threats by promoting reform and professionalism in African militaries, and by fostering stability and assisting in reconstruction. Together with regional organizations such as the Economic Community of West African States and partner countries such as Senegal and Ghana we have worked to raise regional peacekeeping capabilities.
However, it must be noted that basic government, law enforcement and military institutions must be in place before substantial investment in hardware will be beneficial, and that the funds available to these governments both internally and in terms of foreign assistance are very limited. AFRICOM CN efforts recognize this reality and focus on the basic capabilities these governments need. The interagency is currently working to develop a strategy that balances interdiction and other counternarcotics efforts.
S. Code Title 21 § 959. S. even though the drugs in question have not actually entered the United States. S. 38 Thomas M. C § 960a gives DEA an enforcement tool for narcoterrorism. Like Section 959, Section 960a gives DEA jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute extra-territorial offenses if a link between the drug offense and a specified act of terrorism or a terrorist organization can be established. Under this statute, the prescribed punishment is twice the punishment provided for the underlying drug offense.
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