Colombia and the United States sign an agreement against drugs focused on agriculture

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It is the first time that the policy against drug trafficking focuses on rural and environmental development of vulnerable territories

Colombia and the United States sign an agreement against drugs focused on agriculture

The Governments of Colombia and the US, through the Ministry of Justice and USAID, seal an alliance that turns the drug policy. (Credit: Colprensa)

This Tuesday, November 22, it was learned that the governments of Colombia —from the Ministry of Justice— and the United States —through the Agency for International Development (USAID)— signed an anti-drug strategy focused on the rural and environmental development of territories subjected to illicit economies. There is no history of anti-drug policies in Colombia with this perspective.

The Holistic Strategy against Drugs began its implementation in three municipalities: Tumaco (Nariño), Cáceres (Antioquia) and Sardinata (Norte of Santander). Its main focuses are the comprehensive reduction of the supply of narcotics, the strengthening of security, the rural development of the territories and the protection of the environment.

The agreement addresses eight important issues: number of hectares of coca eradicated, seizure of cocaine hydrochloride and coca paste, trained police with support from the Law Enforcement and Anti-Narcotics Affairs Section (INL) , which performs rural security functions, hectares titled or with rights of use contracts, hectares in improvement of their state of conservation, rate of imputations for asset laundering in crimes associated with drug trafficking, number and value of assets with precautionary measures of domain forfeiture, and people with legalized captures related to environmental crimes.

This document was signed by the Minister of Justice, Néstor Osuna and the director of the USAID Colombia Mission, Anu Rajaraman, as well such as the director of Drug Policy and Related Activities, Gloria Miranda, and the director of the 'Our Prosperous Land' Program, Adriana Vélez.

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