Suriname is a transit zone for South American cocaine en route to Europe, Africa and, to a lesser extent, the United States. Suriname’s sparsely populated coastal region and isolated jungle interior, together with weak border controls and infrastructure, make narcotics detection and interdiction efforts difficult. Traffickers are able to move drug shipments into and through Suriname by land, water, and air with little resistance. There is little evidence of drug production in Suriname, although national police officials (“Korps Politie Suriname” in Dutch, or KPS) have advised U.S law enforcement officials of increased cultivation of cannabis and sought assistance with cannabis eradication efforts. Corruption remains pervasive throughout all levels of government.
As part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), INL efforts in Suriname will support the training of law enforcement officers in basic and advanced crime prevention and investigative skills as well as undercover operations, surveillance, and border interdiction operations. Training in financial investigations will also be provided to prosecutors to help them develop and prosecute money laundering cases. INL will help the Government of Suriname to collect, analyze, and present forensic evidence in legal proceedings to reduce criminal impunity and improve citizen safety. Technical assistance, training, and equipment will be provided to improve crime scene forensics, evidence collection and management, and forensic laboratory capacity. INL funds will also enhance the capabilities of judicial system officials to use forensic evidence appropriately.