*INCLE: International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Funds
**Funds from a Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request (MIPR)
Strengthen the law enforcement capacity of Sierra Leome to combat the threat of illicit international drug trafficking and other organized crime.
Sierra Leone is a transit zone for South American cocaine en route to Europe. Drug trafficking in West Africa is a threat to regional security, good governance, and public health. The proceeds of the cocaine trafficked through Sierra Leone flow back to and reinforce the financial strength of the same organizations that move cocaine to the United States. The Government of Sierra Leone has been a key counternarcotics partner in the region. In 2008, a plane carrying over 700 kilograms of cocaine landed in Sierra Leone. The government arrested and tried the perpetrators and then expelled three individuals into U.S. custody.