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Bahamas: Drug Seizures Already Ahead Of 2018 Levels

DRUG seizures conducted as part of collaborative efforts to combat trafficking in The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos have already outpaced those of 2018.

According to United States Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere Cynthia Kierscht on Friday, major gains were achieved as the US and its Caribbean partners worked together towards shared security in the region.

The remarks were made during Ms Kierscht’s readout of the 8th Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation Dialogue during a telephonic briefing.

“So far in fiscal year 2019, our drug interdiction efforts in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos have already exceeded by 150 percent the amount of illegal drugs seized in all of fiscal year 2018,” she said on Friday.

Similar efforts have also been made in the Dominican Republic. Regarded as the largest Caribbean transit point for cocaine, the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative has yielded a 250 percent increase in cocaine interdictions from 2017 to 2018.

And in Jamaica, she told listeners, efforts resulted in the extradition of 18 lottery scammers from there who preyed on the elderly, “so that they will face justice for their crimes”.

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