The Secretary General of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) has expressed concern that despite record drug seizures in source, transit and destination countries, there has been little impact on market values.
Jürgen Stock spoke during INTERPOL’s 25th Americas Regional Conference from March 21 – 23 in Chile.
“The exchanges here in Chile, combined with the concerns expressed to me by political leaders worldwide, reinforce the need for a revitalised global coalition to combat drug trafficking,” Stock asserted.
“But to be effective, there must be greater and more systematic sharing of information of all linked crimes,” he observed.
In this regard, he mentioned money laundering and firearms trafficking.
And an INTERPOL release on the event noted that increased demand for illicit firearms aggravates the overall impact of violent crimes.
The release also pointed to the massive profits enabling crime organisations to threaten national security and observed that the pervasive nature of drug trafficking requires a reinforced and coordinated global law enforcement response.
It said conference attendees supported a series of measures to address the threat posed by the nexus between organised crime and terrorism across the region.
They included enhancing data exchange on terrorists and terrorist organisations and their support mechanisms.
In addition, the conference supported greater intelligence sharing on subjects and modus operandi linked to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents.
The INTERPOL conference brought together some 100 senior police officials from 37 countries.