On December 15, William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, gave a statement before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the important steps that need to be taken in U.S. anti-narcotic trafficking efforts. In his statement, Brownfield traced the narcotic cartels’ migration from Columbia to Mexico, from Mexico to Central America, and the expected move from Central America to the Caribbean. Brownfield discussed the Obama administration’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and outlined the role, programs, and activities of the various interagency partners executing this initiative. Brownfield also stressed the importance of building upon existing programs and forging better interagency and international partnerships to combat the trafficking of narcotics, saying that “Coordination is essential. […] Our efforts must be comprehensive and whole of government. We must be flexible enough to adapt to the changing tactics of the drug trafficking organizations themselves.”
For a full transcript of Brownfield’s statement, please follow the link below.
The U.S.-Caribbean Shared Security Partnership: Responding to the Growth of Trafficking Narcotics in the Caribbean