The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs manages two U.S. government programs that offer rewards for information leading to the capture and/or arrest of members of significant transnational criminal organizations and the disruption of other forms of transnational organized crime. The Narcotics Rewards Program and Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program enhance the ability of the United States to combat transnational crime and bring major fugitives who operate outside the United States to justice.
The Narcotics Rewards Program was established by Congress in 1986 as a tool to assist the U.S. government to identify and bring to justice major violators of U.S. narcotics laws, who are responsible for trafficking hundreds of tons of illicit drugs into the United States each year. The program gives the Secretary of State statutory authority to offer rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of major narcotics traffickers who operate outside of the United States to send drugs into the United States. Since the program's inception, the Department of State has paid over $88 million in rewards to individuals who came forward with information leading to the arrest or conviction of major narcotics traffickers. Learn More»
Building on the success of the Narcotics Rewards Program, Congress established the Transnational Organized Crime Rewards Program in 2013 as a tool to enhance the ability of the U.S. government to disrupt and dismantle significant transnational criminal organizations. The program gives the Secretary of State statutory authority to offer rewards for information leading the dismantling of transnational criminal organizations, the arrest and/or conviction of members and leaders who operate primarily outside the United States, and the disruption of their financial mechanisms. The program is a key element of the White House Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime, which recognizes that transnational criminal networks are not only expanding in size and scope, but also diversifying their illicit activities. The program covers transnational crimes beyond drug trafficking that threaten national interests, such as human trafficking, wildlife trafficking, cybercrime, money laundering, and trafficking in arms and other illicit goods. Learn More»