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Central America war on drugs expands to Caribbean Region.

America Security News.- DEA map on drugs into U.S.

America Security News.- DEA map on drugs into U.S.

An increasingly vicious war on drugs taking place on mainland Central America is gradually pushing criminal activity offshore. Demand for drugs – in particular cocaine – in Europe and North America results in illicit trafficking through the Caribbean region. The fear is that increasing gang violence may spill over from the land into the maritime domain.

The small island nations have limited resources and interest in acting beyond their immediate territorial waters so the solution lies in cooperation among nations and in particular the larger regional players such as the US, France, Netherlands and, increasingly, Canada. However, there still remain legal obstacles to operating in the territorial waters of other nations, as do gaps in radar coverage and information sharing. Policing such a large area must be intelligence led and this requires an integrated approach. GO TO SOURCE HERE