For over twenty five years the Cocaine Route has been an internationally recognized training program for individuals involved in any aspect of logistics, warehousing, or distribution. This unique program empowers participants with the essential knowledge and skills required for logistics improvement projects. The objective of this program is to build sustainable logistical systems through real-world experience, applying both theory and practice. We believe that COCAINE is a very good way for logistics professionals to get their foot into the door of management and to learn from the best in the industry. It is also a good way for people involved in different logistics processes to network and share ideas and experiences.
In the late 1980’s the cocaine route program was developed by a group of law enforcement and security agencies as a joint venture to combat the international cocaine trade. The group was established with the intention of coordinating efforts to disrupt the laundering of illegal proceeds across international borders. Inevitably the law enforcement agencies were able to interdict large shipments of cocaine that originated from South America into the United States. When the cocaine was found on the territory of the US, it resulted in huge fines and jail terms for those involved in cocaine trafficking. These penalties increased the pressure on the criminal organizations that facilitated the trade but also meant that the police had better opportunities to bust the syndicates which facilitated the drug trade.
Originally the COCAINE ROUTE Program focused on international cooperation, especially with the law-enforcement agencies from various countries involved in the effort. The first effort was to establish communication links between the police from various countries through the use of intercepts. This enabled more intelligence gathering and more efficient tracking and information sharing by law enforcement agencies. The result was the development of a worldwide system of interactions and seizures which have been coordinated by the customs officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
There are many ways in which the COCAINE ROUTE program has been useful in increasing the efficiency of law enforcement and the authorities’ co-ordination with each other and with foreign agencies. The most obvious is the increase in interdiction and seizure numbers. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of seizures over the past decade, particularly in the area of cocaine. There has been an increase in the interdiction of cocaine and other form of drugs such as marijuana. This has been assisted by the development of new technology and the use of sophisticated tracking systems.
However, there are some other very important uses of the COCAINE ROUTE program that go far beyond the efforts of its law enforcement and combating organizations. The program also contributes to the prevention and elimination of drug trafficking through the eradication of illicit cocaine trafficking through the use of airplanes. The increased interdiction levels of counternarcotics like amphetamines have meant that it is now easier than ever for dangerous criminals to find their way into the country illegally, thereby leading to trafficking and other criminal activities that are far too difficult for law enforcement agencies to fight on their own. The COCAINE ROUTE program thus makes it easier to stop these criminals before they can even enter the country.
Although the COCAINE ROUTE program is a well-known success in fighting the global fight against illicit trafficking, there are still many questions that remain unanswered. Questions like: Are there additional shoe heels or other types of COCAINE that could be found in south Africa? Why hasn’t the COCAINE ROUTE was used to bust higher level trafficking rings in south Africa? And why are there no shoe heels in south Africa? These are only some of the questions that remain unanswerable since the COCAINE ROUTE programs have yet to find a direct connection to high level international cocaine trafficking.