Minex Authorities Participate in SICA Meeting on Regional Security

The Government of Guatemala reaffirms its commitment to regional integration and the joint approach to problems.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN-. Representing Guatemala, Deputy Foreign Minister Karla Samayoa participated in a virtual meeting of the Special Meeting of the Central American Security Commission, organized by the Central American Integration System -SICA-, to address regional security issues.

According to the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, during the meeting, they worked on the amendments to the Constitutive Agreement of the Central American Permanent Commission for the Eradication of the Illicit Production, Trafficking, Consumption, and Use of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances for cooperation among SICA States.

Dana Eloisa Barillas Cubulco, Vice-Minister of Anti-Narcotics of the Ministry of the Interior, also participated in the meeting.

The Subjects

The meeting included a discussion on the fight against organized crime. This discussion aims to eradicate the production, trafficking, consumption, and illicit use of drugs.

In addition, it was discussed the proposal for the Regional Intersectoral Plan against Organized Crime and its Road Map to promote regional actions against transnational organized crime in the SICA countries.

The Government of Guatemala’s participation in this meeting reaffirms its commitment to regional integration and the joint approach to the countries’ challenges.

Security Measures

Guatemala’s security actions and the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime have resulted, throughout the year, in the seizure of USD 245 million in illicit drugs, goods and cash.

According to the General Sub-Directorate of Analysis of Anti-Narcotics Information –SGAIA- of the National Civil Police -PNC-, the seizures reported:

  • 3,604.32 kilograms of suspected cocaine, more than 3 tons.
  • 54 pounds of suspected marijuana.
  • 37 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine.
  • Nine kilograms of suspected crack.

These actions result from interinstitutional work between SGAIA and the Guatemalan Army.

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