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Challenges:  Suriname’s sparsely populated coastal region and isolated jungle interior, which together with weak border controls and infrastructure, limited law enforcement training and lack of law enforcement presence in the interior of the country allow traffickers to move drug shipments via land, sea, river, and air with little resistance. Suriname’s practical ability to apprehend and prosecute narcotics traffickers remains inhibited by drug-related corruption, bureaucratic hurdles, and inadequate legislation. The bulk of cocaine trafficked out of Suriname occurs via container cargo. Smaller fishing vessels also carry drugs out to sea and transfer them to large freight vessels in international waters. Criminal organizations operate arms-for-drugs activities and Suriname is a target for money launderers and traffickers in persons. Corruption remains a concern.

Goals:  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.

Accomplishments:  In 2013, INL provided the Suriname Police Force’s Mobile Interdiction Unit with a van to improve law enforcement’s ability to search for illegal drugs and contraband. Also in 2013, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Container Control Program (CCP) began operations at the Port of Nieuw Haven.

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