CRIMJUST, in collaboration with AIRCOP and the Global Programme against Money-Laundering (GPML), held a Regional Specialized Training Course on Cash Couriers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 4 and 5 December.
During the two days of the specialized training, law enforcement officials working with financial investigations units at border crossing points were trained in technical topics related with the interdiction and detection of cash couriers.
The globalized world facilitates transnational organised crime, including cash smuggling, which allows criminals groups to move and hide the proceeds of crime, facilitating drug trade, especially cocaine trafficking.
In order to strengthen the project countries capacity to efficiently confront these challenges, the training was composed by lectures and practical exercises designed to increase participant’s knowledge and skills. The participants represented the following eight CRIMJUST participating countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Brazil, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.
Through the GPML, UNODC seeks to assist law enforcement authorities and financial intelligence units with strategies to counter money-laundering. These strategies include granting technical assistance to authorities from member states, organizing training workshops, providing training materials and transferring expertise between jurisdictions.
Additionally, building synergies with projects under the European Union Cocaine Route, CRIMJUST also collaborated with AIRCOP, which aims to build drug interdiction capacities at selected international airports in West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
CRIMJUST partnership with AIRCOP and GPML for the organization of this training aimed at promoting robust national responses and at providing a platform for representatives of law enforcement agencies to exchange best practices.