Post is responsible for the INL-funded program in eight countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Martinique. The Narcotics Affairs Officer and the Narcotics Affairs procurement agent personally monitored equipment and met with Police, Coast Guard, and Defense Force officials to review the use of the equipment, training and services provided with INL funding. Host government officials cooperated fully with inspections.
-The NAS purchased a Mitsubishi L200 double cab for the Barbados Airport Authority in 2001. The Drug Squad has three vehicles remaining: two 1999 Suzuki 4x4 Jeeps and a 1998 Mitsubishi sedan. All are in good condition. The 1996 Jeep Cherokee caught fire and burned while carrying out police operations on the East Coast of Barbados.
-The Sectel telephone at the Coast Guard is in use but the keypad is faulty. One base station and four hand-held radios located at the Coast Guard are working well; one was damaged but has since been repaired.
Both Austin computers have crashed and are no longer operable. The HP color printer, UPS's and scanner are operable and in use at the Coast Guard. The Drug Squad has a shredder, which is in good condition. The photocopier is no longer operable and will be too costly to repair. The printers and IBM computers purchased in 1998 are working well and used extensively. The older computers are now used only for word processing. A total of 163 computers, 75 printers and one scanner were provided in 1998. The Attorney General’s Office has kept meticulous records on the distribution of the equipment. Spot checks reveal that the equipment is well used.
-The NAS purchased digital cameras for the Drug Squad and the Barbados Information Centre in 2001. The Drug Squad's handcuffs, flashlights, batons, binoculars are in good condition. The uniforms and body armor are worn but serviceable. The Coast Guard has night vision goggles, life vests, a camcorder, body armor, zoom camera, handcuffs, flashlights and batons. The pair of night vision goggles donated to Airport Security is in good condition.
-The Coast Guard is awaiting a replacement collar for the RHIB, and new engines for the Boston Whalers. A new engine was recently purchased for one Boston Whaler but is defective, awaiting warranty replacement, which will be carried out by the local OMC representative by the end of March.
The NAS purchased four computers, a server, scanner, zip disks and a fax machine for the Barbados Information Centre (JICC program) and a computer and printer for the Drug Squad in 2001. One hundred sixty-two desktop computers, and a scanner donated to the Office of the Attorney General are nearing the end of their useful life and are being phased out. A printer and scanner are in use at the Coast Guard.
-The NAS purchased one Nissan double cab for Dominica Customs in 2001. Two 2000 Nissan double cabs assigned to the Grand Bay and Portsmouth police stations, and one 2000 Mitsubishi Pajero at the Special Branch, are in excellent condition. One 1999 Nissan Double Cab at the Drug Squad is in good condition; a 1996 Nissan double cab is experiencing minor engine problems but is still in use. None of the five 1996 Jeep Cherokees used by the Drug Squad and the SSU are working. They are experiencing various axle, transmission and electrical problems and parts are not easily accessible. The 1999 Mitsubishi Pajero purchased for the DARE program is in excellent condition.
-The Police radio equipment is working but reception is some areas is difficult because most of the repeaters are down. The NAS is procuring replacement parts for those repeaters.
In 2001, the NAS purchased four computers, two laser printers for the newly established Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The NAS procured a computer and printer for the commissioner of Police. The computer equipment and furniture purchased for the JICC program in 1996 are serviceable but not in use at the moment. All but two monitors are working.
The NAS purchased one 22' RHIB, three 250 HP engines, and four 225 HP engines in 2001. The OMC engines purchased in 2000 are all experiencing problems. The NAS is assisting with effecting warranty repair. The Boston Whaler is undergoing repairs to the engine. The older RHIB requires a new collar.
- In 2001, the NAS, purchased five desks and chairs, a conference table with twelve chairs and a safe for the newly established FIU. The NAS purchased night vision goggles, binoculars, BDU uniforms, holsters, body armor, flashlights, drug test kits and a printer for the Drug Squad. The Marine Unit has rain gear, night vision goggles, body armor, binoculars, flashlights, batons, a digital camera, a fiber optic viewer, inspection mirrors, a drill set and a camcorder. The life vests are no longer serviceable. GPS receivers, an air conditioners unit, a digital camera, uniforms, rain gear, flashlights, handcuffs, and traffic vests are used extensively by the Drug Squad. The photocopier and law books purchased for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are in good condition.
-The NAS purchased one Isuzu double cab pickup for the Marine Unit and one Nissan Patrol Jeep for the Drug Squad in 2001. The Drug Squad's 1998 Mitsubishi double cab pickup is still in good condition and both 1996 Cherokee Jeeps are in operation but in need of minor repairs. The 2000 Mitsubishi mini bus used for the DARE program is in excellent condition.
-The NAS purchased six cellular phones for the Drug Squad in 2001. VHF radios and a base station are in use at the Coast Guard.
-The RHIB is in good condition and will soon be fitted with new engines. The Boston Whaler has engine problems that are presently being rectified.
Three computers and three printers at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are working well. The JICC computer equipment has been set up and is in use. The NAS purchased a printer for the Police Force's Special branch, three desktop computers, one laptop, two scanners and a printer for the Customs Central Intelligence Department, a computer and two print/fax/copy/scanners for the Drug Squad.
Office Equipment and Furniture-
Arm chairs, side chairs, desks, credenza with hutch and conference table are in good condition at the Drug Control Secretariat. The fax machine at the Police Force and furniture purchased for PRIDE are all in good condition. The NAS purchased a photocopier, shredder, filing cabinets lockers and folding chairs for the Marine Unit's newly constructed Sub-base in Vieux Fort, a shredder for the Police Force's Special Branch, a VCR and video tapes for the Criminal Investigations Department.
-The NAS purchased lockers for the Marine Unit Vieux Fort Sub-base, a video camera, two Polaroid cameras, film, intoxilyzers, protective suits, fingerprinting equipment, ultra-violet lamps, latex gloves, magnifying glasses, evidence bags and body bags for the Criminal Investigations Department. The NAS procured chain saws for the Drug Squad and digital cameras for the Customs Central Intelligence Unit and the Police Special Branch. Drill sets, body armor, binoculars, flashlights, handcuffs, batons, a camcorder, fiber optic viewer and inspection mirrors are in use at the Coast Guard. The dive equipment and life vests have reach the end of their useful lives. A television, VCR, camcorder, binoculars, body armor and flashlights are in good condition at the Drug Squad.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
-The NAS purchased one Mitsubishi Pajero for the Marion House "Right Step" ambulatory demand reduction program and one Mitsubishi Pajero for the Drug Squad in 2001. The 1998 Toyota double cab is in good condition at the Drug Squad. Both 1996 Jeep Cherokees have engine and brake problems. The 1990 Mitsubishi Pajero has reached the end of its useful life. The DARE 1999 Mitsubishi Pajero is in excellent condition.
There is one Sectel telephone located at the Coast Guard.
The NAS purchased a photocopier for the Attorney General's Office in 2001. A TV/VCR and slide projector are used at the Marion House.
The RHIB and Boston Whaler are working well and used extensively by the Coast Guard.
-Night vision binoculars, body armor, inspection mirrors, binoculars, zoom camera, camcorder, life vests, batons, handcuffs and flashlights are used extensively by the Coast Guard. Body armor, bunk beds, micro cassette recorder, GPS, first aid kits, night vision goggles, battering ram, handcuffs, binoculars, camcorder, sight exploration kit metal detectors and flashlights are used extensively by the Drug Squad. There are only a few "Raid" T-shirts left. There are two GPSs at the Police headquarters.
Antigua and Barbuda
-The NAS purchased two Suzuki carry vans with dog cages for the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), to be used by the Drug Squad's Canine Unit. A 1998 Mitsubishi Pajero remains in good condition; the 1996 Cherokee has electrical problems but is still in use by the Drug Squad. The 1999 Nissan Patrol purchased for the DARE program is in excellent condition.
-None of the radios purchased in 1995 for the Drug Squad is functional. Four mobile radios purchased for the Coast Guard have been sent for repairs.
-Although the female barracks and cafeteria were damaged by hurricanes in 1999, both have been repaired sufficiently by the Antigua Government and are now in use. The female barracks continues to leak through the foundation despite efforts to solve the problem.
The RHIB, though undergoing minor fiberglass repairs, is still in good condition. The inboard Caterpillar engines purchased for the Coast Guard's 40' Sea Ark in 1999 are working well. One of them has been rebuilt; it had a problem with a bearing and the pistons are damaged.
-Weapons belts, a digital camera, binoculars, batons, handcuffs, flashlights, dive equipment, a camcorder, life vests and body armor are in use at the Coast Guard. One of the two night vision goggles is damaged. VCR's, overhead projectors, camcorders, P.A. system, transmitters, slide projector and microphones are in use at the Defense Force. Night vision goggles, portable scanners, the Drug Squad uses cameras, binoculars and handcuffs. Two portable scanners are in use at the ONDCP.
Office Furniture and Equipment
-The NAS purchased fourteen computers, two servers, one network printer and one scanner for the Antigua International Financial Sector Regulatory Authority (IFSRA), one laptop for the Defense Force, drug test kits, one laptop and an overhead projector for the Drug Squad, and i2 intelligence equipment and two portable scanners for the ONDCP in 2001. Four storage cabinets, nineteen computers, two servers, a plotter, four scanners, four printers, nineteen desks and chairs, two fireproof filing cabinets, a fax machine, typewriter and office supplies purchased in 2000 are in full operation at the ONDCP's new headquarters. Three printers purchased for the ONDCP in 1999 remain in good condition.
-The NAS purchased one Toyota double cab in 2001, which received damage along the left side during operations. It has been repaired by the Nevis Drug Squad. The 1996 Cherokee Jeep located in Nevis is in need of spare parts It has been out of service for several months. The 1998 Mitsubishi mini van at the Drug Squad has some minor dents and scratches but continues to work well. The 1996 Cherokee Jeep is in good condition.
-The NAS purchased night vision goggles, handcuffs, flashlights, binoculars, rain gear, boy armor and traffic vests for the Nevis Police in 2001. Binoculars, flashlights, batons, handcuffs, inspection mirrors, weapons belts and a camcorder are in use at the Coast Guard. Night vision goggles, a camcorder, handcuffs, micro cassette recorder, digital camera and boy armor are in use at the Drug Squad.
- Radio base stations and mobile radios are in good condition but none of the hand-held radios are working at the Drug Squad.
The OMC engines purchased for the Coast Guard in 2000 are experiencing problems. The NAS is assisting with warranty repairs. The RHIB and one Boston Whaler are in service. The second Boston Whaler is yet to be rewired. The life jackets have reached the end of their useful life.
Office Furniture and Equipment-
One of the six air conditioners at the Drug Squad is not working well but will be repaired soon. Desks, filing cabinets, stacking chairs, executive chair, cabinet, work desk, secretarial chair, photocopier, shredder, printer, scanner and computer are all in good condition at the Drug Squad. The photocopier and shredder are not working. The computer at the Coast Guard has reached the end of its useful life.
- The NAS purchased one 3-ton Toyota truck for the SSU, a Mitsubishi L3000 van for the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and a Toyota Prado wagon for the Drug Squad in 2001. In addition, the Drug Squad has a 1998 Mazda 4x4 double cab which, through experiencing mechanical problems, is used extensively. The remaining 1996 Jeep Cherokee has transmission problems. The 1996 Daihatsu truck purchased for the police has recently had an engine overhaul but needs bodywork. The 1999 Mitsubishi Pajero purchased for the DARE program is in excellent condition. The Drug Squad's motor scooter is serviceable but not in use.
-The power supply for the Sectel at the Coast Guard is damaged and cannot be replaced. The Sectel at the Drug Squad is working and used often. The rescue phone at the Drug Squad is not working. None of the hand-held radios purchased for the Coast Guard are in use. The NAS purchased cellular phones for Drug Squad in 2000.
-The air conditioner and computer purchased for the Grenada magistrate's court are in good condition. Batons, bulletproof vests, a camcorder, zoom camera, night vision goggles, binoculars, batons, handcuffs, flashlights, weapons belts are in use at the Coast Guard. The computer purchased for the Coast Guard is not working well and is only used for word processing. Bulletproof vests and night vision goggles purchased for the Drug Squad are used extensively. The NAS purchased uniforms, windbreakers, bulletproof vests, night vision goggles, binoculars, flashlights, a digital camera, computer, printer and laptop for the Drug Squad in 2000.
Computers, monitors, printer, scanner, server, fax machine, shredder and photocopier purchased for the JICC are accounted for but not yet set up.
-The RHIB is undergoing repairs to the collar. The Boston Whaler is working well and used extensively. The radar, sirens and life vests at the Coast Guard are in good condition.
-Computers, monitors, printer, scanner, server, purchased for the JICC are accounted for but have not been set up. Four computers and two printers are in good condition at Police Headquarters. In 2001, the NAS purchased four computers, two printers, one scanner for the FIU. The computer purchased for the Grenada Magistrate's Court is in good condition. The computer, printer, and laptop purchased for the Drug Squad are in good condition.
The Director of the French Coast Guard has reported that the 82-foot patrol boat, the Lafayette, is still in good condition and is used in operations.
Regional Security System
The NAS purchased flight suits, flight gloves, pilot headsets, disposable toilets, two televisions, two VCRs, microwave oven, radio cassette, rescue lights, rescue mirrors and T-shirts for the RSS C-26 project in 2001. The project has two C-26 aircraft that were recently fitted with sensor equipment and are fully operational. The NAS provided air conditioners, microfiche reader printer, computer, printer, digital camera, camcorder, flight suits, pilot headsets, refrigerator, fax machine, lawn mower, weed wacker and hand-held radios. All are in good working condition. The laptop is not working and is presently being repaired. Four obsolete cellular phones have been retired.
Chain saws, two 20' x 40' tents, night vision goggles, rope, binoculars, machetes, gloves, jerry cans, MRE's, GPS receivers purchased in 1999 which are used for marijuana eradication operations are in good condition. Two laptops, two scanners, ten printers, and ten computers, riot shields, helmets, shin guards, batons, radio equipment and GPS's remain in good condition.
The 25-ton air conditioner condensing unit purchased in 2000 is operating well at the RSS training facility at Camp Blizzard in Antigua.
NAS-provided assistance is vital to ensuring that Eastern Caribbean law enforcement agencies are active partners in regional counter-narcotics efforts. Equipment provided has improved their mobility, communications, record keeping, safety, intelligence collection and drug detection capabilities. INL-funded training, both basic and advanced, has provided, a broad range of personnel with skills to carry out their drug control mission. Together, the equipment and training have strengthened regional anti-dug morale and demonstrated the USG counternarcotics commitment in the region.
Skill and experience levels among the various agencies and units vary widely, as well as the ability to use sophisticated equipment. Post targets procurements to meet the needs of a unit at a given time; however, subsequent turnovers sometimes result in non-use of sophisticated equipment by new personnel unfamiliar with the equipment. Most countries lack spare parts and repair facilities for electronics, leading to collections of items in need of repair. Incidents of theft and misuse of equipment, however, are rare.
The Government of Bermuda (GOB) provides annual reports on the use of the USG-provided vessel. Relations with the local police service in the area of law enforcement cooperation are excellent.
The United States provided to the GOB a 46-foot Hatteras fishing vessel, previously seized by DEA. The vessel arrived in June 1996 and was placed in service in July. The vessel, named the “Blue Heron,” is used sporadically to conduct inshore and offshore missions. It has been involved in a number of search and rescue missions and in a number of narcotic-related operations. One member of the Police Marine Section is permanently assigned to this vessel and additional crew is added as circumstances dictate. Routine maintenance is undertaken as required.
During this reporting period, the vessel was used as a platform during anti-narcotics missions. The vessel remains at sea for up to five days. Emphasis is placed on surveillance of cruise ships and cargo vessels both inbound and outbound.
The vessel is in good condition. Various items are repaired or replaced when necessary. There have been no major maintenance or repair problems. Arrangements are being made for the hull to be waxed and the bottom painted.
The status of commodities was derived from NAS records, information provided by the host government, and from direct observation by employees of NAS or other sections or agencies at post.
Eleven vehicles including four cars, two vans, three trucks, and two Land Cruisers are located at the Jamaican Constabulary Force (JCF). The vehicles are used for transportation of personnel and supplies in eradication, patrol and narcotrafficking. Seven vehicles are unserviceable, two need repair and two are operable. Vehicle maintenance is provided by the JCF as and when needed. Thirteen of the 25 motorcycles have reached the end of their useful life and are being dropped from the EUM inventory.
Two Nissan sedans and two Nighthawk motorcycles are located at JCF Transport and Repairs Division (JCF/T&R) garage. The Nissan should be able to be repaired and be returned to service. The motorcycles are unserviceable and uneconomical to repair and will no longer be reported.
One 1989 Isuzu and one 1996 Suzuki are located at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The vehicles are used to transport prosecutors to courts throughout the island. The Isuzu is operational; the Suzuki has been in an accident and is awaiting repairs.
Counselors for demand reduction outreach programs use a MITSUBISHI L-300 minibus. The vehicle is used every day and is maintained in working condition.
Two Suzuki 4WD vehicles were donated to the Ministry of National Security and Justice (MNS&J). They are in working condition. The Night Court Division is using one of the vehicles; a special prosecutor has been using the other. They have provided a valuable contribution to Jamaican's law enforcement administration.
Five Gateway computers, a LAN system, and a LaserJet printer are located at the JICC. The JICC is the U.S. law enforcement's primary point of contact within Jamaican Law enforcement for intelligence coordination and sharing. The JICC reports that the DEA-supplied Guardian software installed on the computer equipment in 1998 has always been problematic and has not worked at all since the JICC began using the White Hat 2000 operating system to avert total shutdown of their computers due to Y2K compliance problems. JICC is coordinating with DEA to obtain Guardian updates.
Two desktop computers and two printers are maintained by the NAS.
Three brushcutters were provided to the JCF in 2000. Two are worn out; they were returned to the embassy and replaced from NAS stock. The police report that only one of the three on hand is working; it needs replacement blades, which have been ordered. There are two more brushcutters remaining in NAS stock in the GSO warehouse, which can be issued to the police, when/if replacement is requested. All twelve of the brushcutters provided in are worn out and will no longer be reported. Fifty-eight of the 63 brushcutters provided since 1998 are also worn out and unserviceable and have been removed from inventory.
Ten tool kit sets provided to the Jamaica Customs Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) suffer from expected normal wear and tear, with individual items worn out, broken, or lost. These kits have increased the drug seizure capabilities of the CET.
Three mobile trailers have been used as police stations. Post hopes that the trailers located at Ken Jones and Boscobel airports will deter some of the drug trafficking activities.
The JCF Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAT) has a digital copier, a photocopier, a microsette reorder, a desktop computer and other office equipment. It has used all items to track, arrest, and extradite fugitives.
Eight word processors and one fax machine are located at the Ministry of National Security and Justice.
Four 40-foot SEAARK vessels, three Avance boats, two 82-foot Coast Guard cutters, and two Boston Whalers are used by the Jamaican Defense Force (JDF) to patrol territorial waters, to intercept drug trafficking, and to perform emergency rescues. Only two of the eleven are currently in service; the remainder are awaiting repairs.
Of the four helicopters used to perform rescue operations and to support counternarcotics operations, one was destroyed in a crash; three were grounded for flight safety. Jamaicans have purchased their own helicopter fleet. Grounded helicopters are to be salvaged for parts.
The impact of the boats on antinarcotics operations has been limited due to low serviceability and generally poor detection capabilities, i.e., lack of onboard radar. The boats have to be vectored to their targets by other assets, such as JDF Air Wing or other patrol aircraft. This must be carefully coordinated and inherently causes delays in acquisition of the target and increases the likelihood of detection or leak compromising the operation. The limited endurance of these boats has also had a negative impact on operational efficiency and effectiveness.
The FAT has been an outstanding success since the equipment was provided and the U.S. Marshals Office began working closely with the team. Ten fugitives were extradited in CY-2001 and ten in 2000, compared with four in 1999. As of December 28, 2001, the U.S. Marshal's office in Kingston has been closed. Until a permanent presence is again authorized, the FAT will be supported by TDY visits from the U.S. Marshal's Miami Office.
JDF participation in marijuana eradication has been limited the past two years. The JDF had to withdraw its personnel from the project when they were needed for emergency use as prison guards, due to a walkout by regular prison guards.
The NAS performs the End Use Monitoring of commodities year-round, conducting periodic inspections of vehicles, computers, and dogs, and taking inventory of all major commodities in Nassau and Freeport. DEA, Army, and Coast Guard personnel working under Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) provided on-going reports on the status of infrastructure and equipment at Georgetown, Nassau and Great Inagua throughout the year. Bahamian government officials and NGO's cooperate with the NAS on the End Use Monitoring process.
In 2001, the NAS donated its own vehicle, a used Chevrolet Corsica sedan to the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) in Nassau for use in undercover operations. Vehicles donated by the NAS to the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) are being used by the DEU, Drug Canine Unit, Strike Force Unit, and Police Forensic Laboratory. Most are in Nassau; several are in Freeport; one is in Great Inagua; and one is in Georgetown. All of the vehicles are in fair condition and fully utilized but exhibit the effects of bad roads and corrosion from the salt air. All NAS-donated vehicles are serviced at RBDF expense by a private garage.
The 1999 Ford Exployer provided to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands (RTCIP) is still in use.
High technology intelligence-gathering equipment donated to the RBDF in the past is maintained in excellent condition. It is used extensively for drug investigations throughout the Bahamas.
In 2001, the NAS donated a satellite phone to the RBDF for use in its fast response boat operations.
Since 1996, the NAS has donated over 100 computers to the Bahamian courts and to the Attorney General’s Office. These computers are being used and are generally well maintained. The DEU, the RBDF forensic Laboratory and the Police College do an outstanding job of maintaining their NAS-donated computers and office equipment. The NAS plans to upgrade some of the DEU computers in 2002.
Office equipment donated to the RBDF is presently in use by the DEU in Nassau and Freeport. Copy machines are also very much in use.
The Joint Information Collection Center (JICC) makes use of a small number of computers and other office equipment provided by the NAS. The JICC has a full-time computer technician who does an excellent job of maintaining the equipment. The JICC continues to make a very small contribution to the Bahamian counternarcotics effort. The value of the data collected is very limited.
The two DEU canine units currently have six NAS-donated drug detector dogs. One is aging and needs to be retired soon, but the other dogs are in good condition.
In 2001, the NAS donated a new 12-meter fast, response boat to the RBDF for use in OBAT drug interdiction operations. The "Avenger" was turned over to the RBDF in February 2001 and christened "Police Boat 1." It is based in Nassau.
Two NAS-donated retired U.S. Coast Guard Cape Class 95-foot patrol boats transferred to the RBDF several years ago are past their useful life. They have been taken out of service.
In 2001, the RBDF declined NAS assistance in renovating two confiscated "go-fast" boats because NAS conditioned its funding on their use solely in drug interdiction operations.
The NAS donated a 25-foot Boston Whaler "Guardian" patrol boat and a boat trailer to the Marine Division in 1996. The Boston Whaler, christined the "Sea Eagle," is in good condition. It is used as a "fast response boat" by the Marine division to apprehend smugglers of drugs, firearms, and illegal migrants from Haiti.
As in past years, in 2001, the aging and cranky reverse osmosis unit used to purify drinking water and wash water for the engines of the USCG helicopters needed frequent and expensive NAS-funded repairs. The NAS is studying whether to completely replace the unit in 2002. The five OPBAT modular housing units (entirely funded by NAS in1991) require continuing maintenance, repair, and equipment replacement due to the corrosive salt air and tropical weather. In 2001, the NAS funded repairs to the septic tank system at OPBAT Matthew. USCG and DEA evaluations indicate that the deteriorating housing units and the septic tank system now need to be completely replaced. The NAS is studying whether to replace the DEU/TCI Police housing in 2002.
In 1991, the NAS donated six bulletproof vests and a Hitachi video camera to the RTCIP. In 1993, the NAS donated two sets of night vision goggles to the RTCIP. In 1995, the NAS donated one "Buster" contraband detector to TCI Customs. The NAS donated OPBAT uniforms to the Marine Division of the RTCIP in 1996 and 1997. In 1997, the NAS provided the Marine Division with a 48-mile range radar set. The NAS donated three gyroscope marine binoculars to the Marine Division in 1998. The bulletproof vests are in good condition, with three being used by the CID and three by the Marine Division constables assigned to OPBAT. The video camera, used by the CID, was not working. TCI Customs' contraband detector is in good condition. The uniforms used by the Marine Division constables assigned TDY to the OPBAT base on Great Inagua are worn out and need to be replaced. The radar set is in good condition and is installed on the "Sea Quest," the Marine Division's 65-foot ocean going patrol boat. Both binoculars are in good condition; one is used by the Marine Division's Airwing at Grand Turk Island; the other on the "Sea eagle."
NAS donations have had a significant impact on host nation efforts to stem the flow of drugs through the Bahamas into the United States. The NAS-donated RBPF fast response boat has provided a much-needed "end-game" for OPBAT helicopter pursuits of drug smuggling "go-fast" boats. NAS-funded vehicles provided to the DEU significantly enhance its ability to carry out anti-drug surveillance against international drug trafficking organizations. Vehicles donated to the DEU encourage continued Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (GCOB) participation in OPBAT and facilitate joint counternarcotics investigations with the DEA. NAS-donated computers and technical equipment are markedly improving the ability of the DEU to pursue major drug traffickers and money laundering cases and to initiate OPBAT interdiction missions.
Computers donated to the Police Forensic Laboratory have made that unit very efficient in producing expert testimony in drug and other major crime cases. Computers donated to the courts have made for a more efficient working environment and have contributed to a recent reduction in court delays and case backlogs. NAS donations of drug detector dogs have significantly enhanced the capabilities of the RBPF canine units to deter drug smuggling through the international airports.
All items distributed to the Haitian Coast Guard (HCG), the Haitian National Police (HNP), and the Coast Guard Special Counternarcotics Police Unit (BLTS) are monitored by the NAS assistant on an on-site inspection basis, which includes periodic spot checks. The U.S. Coast Guard and DEA personnel also monitor end use on the same basis.
Two Jeep Cherokees are located at the BLTS. The third has been assigned to the JICC.
Computers and servers provided to the JICC are at the JICC office.
The three MonArk vessels, refurbished with INL-funds, are located at Killick Coast Guard base in Port-au-Prince; all are operational. The Eduardono "go-fast" boats are in regular use.
The following equipment was turned over to the BLTS in 1997: drug test kits, drug storage safes, cameras and film, evidence equipment, tape recorders, and handcuffs. These items are kept at the BLTS headquarters near the Port-au- Prince airport or in the HNP Academy storage facility in Port-au-Prince.
The FY-2001 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Congress in November 2000 stipulated that no funds appropriated by that or any previous appropriations can be made available for assistance for the Government of Haiti until certain conditions are met. This event, combined with political instability related to the November elections, has resulted in a slowdown of NAS-funded activities in Haiti. The prohibition on USG assistance to Haiti has diminished NAS contacts with host government personnel. To date, no problems have occurred in EUM.
PORT OF SPAIN
Resources provided to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago (GOTT) are monitored primarily through quarterly reports that detail the location, status, and use of the equipment, as required by USG-GOTT letters. A Central Office in the Ministry of National Security produces these reports. In addition, the Embassy’s Military Liaison Officer, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agents, U.S. Customs officers, political officers and the INL program assistant monitor the resources on an informal basis when visiting sites where the equipment is located. The reporting process has been streamlined by post's INL assistant, which has generally resulted in more timely submission of the required information.
The Cessna 172 aircraft has been out-of-service since 1994 because of severe mechanical problems and lack of funding for replacement parts. It is presently in storage. However, the long-term plan for the Cessna 172 is to return it to service for use as a training platform. The Cessna 310 was out-of-service for the entire year as a result of damage incurred due to overcrowding in the Airwing hanger. Insurance funds were used to repair the aircraft. The aircraft's propeller requires replacement for reasons unrelated to the accident in the hanger. A replacement propeller has been ordered by the GOTT.
Only one Navajo was in service throughout the second half of 2001. The other Navajo suffered some structural damage during an operation in July 2001. The leading edges of the wings are damaged. Parts have been ordered to fix the propellers and the engines. The Navajos flew 27 missions after July 2001 for 98,000 nautical miles.
Both C-26 aircraft were in serviceable condition throughout 2001. One is in St. Johns, NF where it is being fitted with a radar/FLIR package. It will be brought back to Trinidad in March 2002; the second C-26 will be flown to St. Johns, NF, in February 2002 to have its sensor package installed. The one C-26 without sensors was in service for the entire second half. It flew a total of 4,500 nautical miles.
One of the Bowen "go-fast" boats incurred damage to its hull and was out of service the last half of 2001; the second vessel was operational most of 2001 but is now undergoing repairs to its superstructure.
Two 82-foot patrol craft arrived in country during April 1999. A third vessel arrived during the first week of December 2000. A fourth vessel arrived in country in September 2001. All vessels are operational and frequently conduct patrols off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. Three vessels are headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago and the fourth vessel is headquartered in Tobago.
Of the six 30-35 foot U.S. Customs vessels, two are in operation and are used as a deterrent to smuggling. Of the four non-operational vessels, one needs to have both engines replaced and minor electrical work done to the radar system. The engines have been ordered by the GOTT. The second vessel requires either full service or replacement of both engines. Parts are not available locally. The third vessel requires two new engines and drives in addition to electrical and hull work. The fourth vessel requires major repair to both engines; parts are not available locally.
The 30-foot U.S. Customs vessel is operational and being used for smuggling interdiction operations. The two 29-foot Phantom interceptors are operational and used in counterdrug operations coordinated by the Joint Operation Command Center (JOCC) and in operations initiated by the TT Customs and Excise Division.
Of the three Sea Ark 40-foot patrol craft donated in May 1998, none are operational. One of the craft is in need of an engine replacement; one is suffering from electronical damage; and the final vessel suffered strut damage while rescuing a U.S. sailing vessel. A portion of the repair parts has been provided through the FMF program. The remaining parts and replacement engines have been ordered under the FMF program.
All three of the Zodiac Hurricanes are unserviceable. One of the Hurricanes sustained irrepairable engine damage during 1998 and is in need of a replacement engine. The second hurricane was unserviceable due to impeller and wiring defects. The third Hurricane has damaged pontoons.
The four Combat Rigid Raiding Craft (CRRC) were fully operational during 2001. The engines will need an overhaul by the end of CY-2002. These craft were used extensively in maritime interdiction operational around Trinidad.
The Nissan Bluebird donated to the JICC in 1991 is difficult to repair. The age and type of vehicle make it difficult to source parts locally. The vehicle will be used until the shocks give out completely.
Two of the three Daihatsu Rockeys are operational; the third was unserviceable during the first quarter of the year. They are used to transport officers who aided in the eradication of marijuana plants and seedlings.
U.S. Customs-Provided Radar
The six U.S. Customs-donated radar installations in Trinidad have operated full- time since April 1998. At any time during the year, a maximum of three and a minimum of two of the radar installations were fully functional.
The radar system is the GOTT’s primary source of information for detecting and tracking vessels and aircraft suspected of narcotics-trafficking. The system allows the JOCC an inter-ministerial agency, to coordinate the interdiction of vessels suspected of narcotics trafficking.
The multimeter and scopemeter is used in maintaining the six radar installations. It has greatly enhanced the ability of technical personnel to maintain the radar installations.
Two of the computer workstations, donated in 1994, were in operation throughout the year. One of the workstations is used for the sole purpose of transmitting information to the El Paso Intelligence Center. The other workstation is used as a backup for the collection and transmission of information on vessels, aircraft and subjects. The two workstations are unable to access the LAN due to their incompatibility with Windows NT. The third computer was provided in December 2000 and is used for the storage, collection and analysis of data. The JICC regularly collects and transmits information concerning vessels and individuals suspected of narcotics trafficking to the El Paso Intelligence Center.
The laptop computer donated to TT Customs and Excise Division in December 1999 is being used to develop tracking systems for pleasure craft and cargo vessels. The computer and copier at the Piarco Airport are fully operational. The computer equipment provided to the Counter Narcotics and Crime Task Force (CNCTF) allows information and intelligence to be analyzed in a more comprehensive and timely manner than would otherwise be possible.
The computer equipment at the Police Youth Club (PYC) is being used to help members with their studies and to teach basic computer skills that will enhance their ability to obtain future employment.
The Organized Crime and Narcotics Unit's (OCNU) thirty (30) hand-held radios are out in the field, at Piarco Airport and at OCNU's headquarters. INTERPOL’s ten radios are in good condition radios and were in use throughout the year.
The kool kube, battering ram, handcuffs, tape recorders, binoculars, bullet proof vests (35), camera kit, chainsaws, electronic surveillance equipment, night vision goggles and brush cutters are all operational and in use by the OCNU. None of the equipment is checked out to individual officers. All are kept at headquarters and checked out for specific missions. The boots, bulletproof vests, chainsaws, and brushcutters, were particularly valuable defenses against booby traps planted by marijuana growers. The brushcutters, even with servicing, are operating at a less than optimal level.
The two TT Defense Force (TTDF) hand-held Global Positioning System receivers were fully functional and in use throughout the year. The unit is regularly used during marijuana eradication operations.
The Redman gear and gym mats have greatly enhanced the ability of TT Customs and Excise to train its officers in both hand-to-hand combat and personal defense.
The handcuffs provided to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) are used to transport prisoners to and from court as well as in general police work. The digital camera and micro-cassette recorders were in use throughout 2001. The camera has been used for crime scene photography and while no evidence has been presented in court, through its use, investigators were able to identify areas of the crime scene that needed further exploration. The micro-cassette recorders are used to record interviews/interrogations of suspects and have led to a higher success rate with regard to prosecutions based on such interviews. The editing VCR was fully functional and in use throughout 2001. It has greatly improved the audiovisual section's ability to produce high quality drug education and public service videos.
The ion scanner used by the Airport Authority was functional about 75% of the time during 2001. The scanner malfunctioned as a result of insufficient electrical power in the part of the airport terminal where the machine was located. After the terminal was rewired, the ion scanner functioned normally for the remainder of the year.
The office furniture and equipment used by the INL assistant is in good condition and allows the assistant to fulfill the duties associated with the position.
The six Bushnell night scopes were in use and fully operational during 2001. The TTCG and its Special Naval Unit share the scopes. They assisted in locating go-fast contacts that would have normally been missed during noctural operations.
The television and VCR have increased the number of children exposed to the counterdrug videos.
Post has noted no problems in the course of the year’s monitoring activities. However, in a meeting with TTGG Air Wing officials in December 2001, it was revealed that one of the C-26's and a Piper Navajo had been used to ferry high-ranking GOTT officials to destinations within the country.
The TTCG is in the process of repairing vessels listed as out-of-service, but some repairs cannot be completed until back-ordered parts arrive.
In CY-2001, 729 kgs of cocaine and 431 kgs of marijuana were seized. In addition, 8.7 million fully grown trees and 3.1 million seedlings were destroyed. The C-26's were not very active because one of the planes spent a good part of the year undergoing sensor modifications; only two pilots were current and qualified in the aircraft; the other pilot did right-seat time. The C-26's flew twelve missions and racked up 10,900 nautical miles. The second C-26 will be finished in August 2002. Six pilots have completed initial/recurrent training in the C-26.
The GOTT has demonstrated its commitment to maintain and improve its counternarcotics capabilities, through numerous marijuana eradication operations and GOTT funded repair of aircraft and vessels.
The NAS Regional Director and the NAS Assistant personally visit the National Directorate of Drug Control (DNCD) headquarters several times each month to perform informal on-site inspections and spot checks on the status, condition, and use of equipment.
The NAS Regional Director and the US military involved in law enforcement carry out informal monitoring during their regular trips to remote geographic sites and provide updated reports on the status, condition, and use of equipment. Complete reports on the status of all border units and their equipment were provided to the NAS and are on file in the section. DNCD, the National Drug Council (NDC), the Director of Migration, and the Superintendent of Banking provide annual inventories of all USG-donated equipment, including serial numbers, location, and condition. These inventories are maintained in the NAS office and are available for inspection.
Embassy personnel stress to their Government of the Dominion Republic (GODR) counterparts that INL assistance is provided for counternarcotics purposes and that they will be held accountable for ensuring the proper care and use of INL donations.
Three Blazers purchased in 1993 are assigned to the DNCD headquarters in Santo Domingo to support Special Investigations Team operations outside the capital. Three additional Blazers are detailed outside of the city. Four Toyota pickups, three Chevrolet SD-10 pickups, two Toyota 4-runner Jeeps, two 1994 Ford Metro minibuses, and seven Yamaha motorcycles are detailed outside of the city. Three Ford Metro minibuses, one Chevrolet minibus, three Chevrolet Blazers, and two Yamaha motorcycles are detailed for use in the city. The DNCD has a vehicle maintenance facility and maximizes the use of its resources. All vehicles are accounted for and used for counter-narcotics purposes.
As a result of the departure of U.S. forces from Panama, twelve light trucks and various vests, helmets and field equipment were donated to the GODR in May 2000 through 506 Drawdown for counter drug operations. Both the Dominican military and DNCD border control units use these articles.
The following equipment has been donated to the DNCD: Motorola MX-350 radios (10); ICOM radio receivers (6); Motorola syntor x9000 mobile radios (3); Motorola "Micro" radio repeaters (12); Motorola "Saber" radios (22); Motorola "Spectra" radio bases (27); Motorola "Spectra" mobile radios (12). Of the 27 Motorola “Spectra” radio bases, two are obsolete and are to be removed from inventory. Of the 12 Motorola “Spectra” mobile radios, three are obsolete and are to be removed from inventory. Of the twenty-two Sabers, 8 are under repair; 10 are obsolete and are to be removed from inventory. Of the 10 Motorola MX-350 radios, 2 are obsolete and are to be removed from inventory. All equipment is accounted for. The current radio communications system is adequate to accomplish the goals of the counter-narcotics agencies.
The JICC operates with 17 workstations. Embassy officers routinely work with the JICC and ensure that all computer equipment purchased by INL is fully used and maintained. The JICC received software to implement the Guardian system.
Computer equipment includes 68 Dell computers, 31 Laserjet printers, and 14 modems. The following equipment was donated to Immigration: 31 Compaq Desk Pro computers; 35 High resolution monitors; 3 Compaq PL 1600 servers; 4 HP Laserjet 4050N printers; 33 UPS backups. The following equipment was donated to the Financial Investigative Unit (FIU): 1 Dell Poweredge 4400 server; 4 Dell Optiplex GX110 computers; 2 Dell laptops; 1 HP Laserjet printer.
The DNCD completed a three-year computer system expansion with the addition of 23 computers, 3 servers, 9 switches, 4 printers and a battery bank for backup support to the generator system. DNCD's Division of Operation Intelligence received 8 computers and printers. The FIC received 13 laptops, 1 server, 3 printers, and 2 switches. The CND received 20 computers, 1 server, 3 printers, and 2 switches for use with the seized asset management and tracking system software developed by an INL-funded independent contractor. The Department of Migration received 10 computers purchased under a 1997 Immigration Control System LOA. DNCD is fully utilizing all INL-provided computer systems and networks.
The excess U.S. Coast Guard cutter, Citrus, now called the "Alejando Acosta", is the only cutter in the Dominican Navy. It is in constant use as a patrol boat and as a training vessel in Halcon 1 through 8 and Tradewinds exercises. It is the first response tool in the small but increasingly important offshore interdiction effort. Increased importance and attention at all levels of the Navy is being focused on counter-narcotics efforts.
The six refurbished Dominican patrol boats were functional this year and were the most reliable ships in the Dominican Navy. Three patrol boats have three engines each and three boats have two engines each. INL funded the complete overhauling of three engines on one patrol boat this year. The six Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are installed in the six patrol boats and have been instrumental in the Dominican Coast Guard’s navigational competence.
Of the six Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB's) acquired in 1994 to patrol the rivers and coasts near the ports, three are operational; two of these are assigned to the newly formed Navy commando unit. Three are out of operation pending extensive maintenance.
Of the six UH-1H helicopters donated in 1994, one still flies occasionally in support of presidential trips. An UH-1H evaluation team recently declared the helicopters to be "beyond service life." The Dominican Air Force continues to use parts from all machines to make repairs to the one machine still in use.
Of the 15-dog unit, nine were re-certified and seven of those dogs were trained to detect ecstasy. Five passively trained dogs were acquired and deployed to Punta Cana regional airport. Using asset-sharing funds from the Department of Justice, DNCD purchased and outfitted two new vans to transport the dogs. INL funds provide for recertification of the dogs and handlers, daily care and protection for the dogs, and expansion of the program through refitting of vehicles and building additional kennels at the regional office, airports, and border crossing.
The following are in use by the DNCD: 17 Craig recorders, 17 Sony recorders, 7 Panasonic recorders, 20 headphones, 25 Radio Shack tele-recording controls, 4 fax machines, 4 Pentex cameras, 1 CD-Rom reader, two digital cameras, 4 Brother fax machines, and four electronic typewriters, concealed recording devices and transcription equipment.
The GODR needs to upgrade its radio and cellular communications network system. INL has offered a wide range of technical and developmental support in an effort to spur the timely implementation of a system capable of supporting an effective counternarcotics agenda. High-level meetings among Dominican leaders and Embassy official are yielding results.
Commodities and equipment provided to the DNCD have proven to be excellent investments for the USG. The DNCD has dramatically improved its data-gathering and analysis capabilities, working closely with the judicial sector to achieve 12 successful extraditions and 17 deportations in 2001. The DNCD continued training all new recruits in basic academy courses, including computer skills. The canine program has garnered such high-profile success that the NAS was able to facilitate an agreement between DNCD and the owner of a busy private airport to deploy 5 dogs at the site, with maintenance and location expenses to be defrayed by the airport.