The Mexican cartels exert a growing influence in Central America , a field of operation “very easy” for the diversion of precursor chemicals used in drug production, Costa Rican authorities warned today.
“The Mexican cartels are acting more active in the region,” said Emilia Ramirez, head of the Precursor Control Unit of the Costa Rican Drug Institute (ICD).
Ramirez said that even though Costa Rica “does not suffer the ravages of drug trafficking”, the process has gained a growing importance in the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America, formed by El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras .
“It took a lot of strength in what is called Northern Triangle,” the official said on Tuesday at the “Seminar on Prevention of diversion of precursors and chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of drugs” in the Nations’ capital.
This seminar will examine actions to shore up coordination to respond to the phenomenon.
Ramirez said the cartels “is very easy to divert them precursors of the Northern Triangle, the controls are very weak and its proximity to Mexico.”
He added that Costa Rica “is trying to act preventively and not expect the problem to get our country.”
The event also involved the drug commissioner of Costa Rica, Mauritius Boraschi, who said that the seminar is organized in order to “strengthen and coordinate the efforts of the participating entities to improve the national response to the problem.”
The “diversion of chemical precursors and precursors for illicit drug manufacture transcends borders and has been spreading to neighboring countries, neighboring or not, drug-producing countries, “he said.
“That’s why we involve judges, prosecutors, police and experts involved in the issue of precursors, washing and issues related to the phenomenon of drugs,” said Boraschi.