Accession Number : ADA298422

Title :   The Drug War: Extent of Problems in Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA298422

Report Date : JUN 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : The specific extent of narcotics activities in Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela is unknown because of the lack of information about these activities. U.S. and host country officials believe coca growth and cocaine production in Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela are occurring but that the levels are not significant compared with those of Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru. However, the officials also believe that drug trafficking, transshipment and diversion of chemicals essential to cocaine production, and money laundering are significant and growing problems. Brazil, Ecuador, and Venezuela have limited counternarcotics programs and receive limited U.S. assistance. Combating narcotics activities is not a national priority in these countries because they have limited resources that are committed to other national priorities. Additionally, the lack of effective coordination and cooperation among host country agencies and among U.S. agencies involved in counternarcotics assistance programs impedes the effectiveness of activities to combat narcotics production and trafficking. Further, host government corruption continues to be a problem. Bilateral and regional cooperation in antidrug efforts are beginning to develop.

Descriptors :   *PERU, *COLOMBIA, *DRUG INTERDICTION, *BOLIVIA, WARFARE, PRODUCTION, TRAFFIC, CHEMICALS, RESOURCES, DRUGS, COCAINE, COOPERATION, BRAZIL, VENEZUELA, MONEY, NARCOTICS, LAUNDRY OPERATIONS, ECUADOR.

Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE