US to assist in capacity building against narcotics

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:11, Oct 29,2019


The United States ambassador in Bangladesh on Monday said that his government was committed to supporting Bangladesh in building the capacity of its law-enforcing agencies to prevent narcotics trafficking in the country.

‘We are committed to supporting Bangladesh in building the capacity of its law enforcement agencies to combat narcotics trafficking, and to strengthen the rule of law,’ ambassador Earl Robert Miller told the inaugural ceremony of a workshop in Dhaka. 

The state department and the department of justice of the US jointly sponsored the four-day ‘Narcotics Trafficking Workshop: Conducting Complex Narcotics Investigations’ for several dozens of Bangladesh narcotics control, prosecution and judiciary officials, among others.

The US ambassador said that both the United States and Bangladesh understood the importance of preventing the flow of narcotics within and across the borders.

The diplomat said, ‘The partnership between Bangladesh and the US is a key part of the ongoing global effort to disrupt the illegal narcotics trade.’

‘We must ensure that the police and prosecutors have the knowledge and skills to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and disrupt drug trafficking as a key part of a comprehensive drug strategy,’ the ambassador said during the inauguration.

‘We must remain vigilant and proactive in our response to narcotics trafficking,’ he said, adding, ‘Criminals are exploiting new technologies, such as encrypted communications software, and networks, such as the Darknet, that are altering the nature of the illicit drug trade and the types of individuals involved’.

Similar workshops have been taking place since 2005 but participants from across the country joined the workshop this year amid an ongoing anti-drug drive that has begun on April 2018.

More than 450 people were killed in the drive.

US embassy’s resident legal advisor Eric Opanga, US assistant attorney Dineen A Baker, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s special agent Roger R Dean and FBI’s forensic accountant Stephanie N Anderson, among others, were present at the workshop.    

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