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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.


  • 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 (UNODC’s) Container Control Program began operations at the Port of Nieuw Haven.
  • In 2015, INL provided two Cellebrite Mobile Forensics Units, laptops, and iPads to the Suriname Police Force (KPS). The Cellebrite units enable KPS to retrieve forensic data from a suspect’s mobile phone for use in criminal investigations.
  • In November 2014 the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported under the Port Container Control Unit (PCCU) sent an alert that led to the seizure of approximately 56 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a car in a shipping container in Benin.
  • January 2015 the PCCU submitted another alert to UNODC authorities that led to the discovery of 120 kilograms of cocaine in a shipping container in route from Suriname to Europe.

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