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Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement Country Program: Ghana


Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
May 10, 2010

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Program Goals

INL works to assist law enforcement in Ghana to conduct criminal investigations that support successful prosecutions of mid- to senior-level members of trafficking organizations. Further, INL works to assist prosecutors and judges to prosecute and adjudicate cases against mid- to senior-level members of trafficking organizations.

Program Components

  • Ghana is a transit country for South American cocaine en route to Europe. Drug trafficking in West Africa is threat to regional security, good governance, and public health. The proceeds of the cocaine trafficked through Ghana flow back to the same organizations that move cocaine to the United States, reinforcing their financial strength. The Government of Ghana (GOG) and the U.S. government cooperate on valuable counternarcotics operations. The U.S. government will continue to partner with governments in the region that are dedicated to addressing the threat of narco-trafficking. The INL program in Ghana engages both law enforcement and judicial officials, supporting a comprehensive response to narco-trafficking.

  • Law Enforcement Support: Ghana’s counternarcotics success requires skilled and equipped law enforcement with a high degree of institutional integrity. The Department of State supports an interagency U.S. government effort to enhance the GOG’s counternarcotics capabilities. The joint Department of State, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Department of Defense initiative seeks to provide specialized counternarcotics training and equipment to an elite group of Ghanaian law enforcement officials.

  • Justice Sector Support: It is essential that the GOG develop not only strong investigative and operational capacity within its law enforcement community, but also a judicial system capable of prosecuting and adjudicating narcotics crimes. The INL program seeks to provide training and technical assistance to enhance skills and strengthen judicial institutions.

Funding FY 2008-2009

  • FY 2008 - $496,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2009 - $500,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2010 - $$500,000 (INCLE)

INCLE: International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Funds



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