Preventing a Security Crisis in the Caribbean


The Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, co-chaired by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Grassley, released a report this month titled Preventing a Security Crisis in the Caribbean. According to the report, “[t]he Caribbean region has come a long way since the 1980s when it served as a hub for the majority of illegal drugs entering the United States. However, we cannot take this success for granted and must continue to find ways to support the nations of the Caribbean. As enforcement efforts in Mexico and Central America inevitably move trafficking patterns back to the Caribbean, this will be particularly crucial.”

The document outlines several findings and recommendations that can be used to carry out these supportive efforts, including:

  • Strengthening anti-money laundering laws
  • The implementation of Sensitive Investigative Units (SIUs), or “highly trained, vetted law enforcement units”, where they are needed most in the Caribbean
  • The participation of Puerto Rico in the annual Caribbean Security Dialogues
  • Investment in Haiti’s infrastructure and counternarcotics efforts
  • The return of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) helicopters to the Bahamas in order to prevent traffickers “from reactivating old routes and exploiting gaps in coverage”
  • A full criminal history sent with all deportees to the receiving countries’ authorities
  • Continued support of extradition to the U.S. of criminals involved in international drug trafficking
  • Providing assistance to Caribbean countries with the legal tools necessary to investigate and combat drug trafficking, such as the creation of wiretapping laws, asset forfeiture laws, and controls on precursor chemicals used to make illegal drugs

To read the press release for this report, click here

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