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05 July 2016

Regional and global security focus of INTERPOL Chief mission to El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock met with El Salvador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hugo Martínez during his first official mission to the country which hosts INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau for Central America.

Opened in September 2003, the bureau assists El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Costa Rica in addressing regional crime problems including drug and arms trafficking, money laundering, corruption, cybercrime and trafficking in human beings.

Secretary General Stock also met with Mauricio Ramirez, Minister of Justice and Public Security and Howard Cotto, the Director General of El Salvador’s National Civil Police in addition to visiting the Regional Bureau.

During the INTERPOL-led Lionfish operations, targeting the illicit trafficking of drugs and firearms by organized crime groups across Central America and the Caribbean, the Regional Bureau
provided real-time support for information exchange and facilitated cross-checking of data against INTERPOL’s global databases.

The two operations resulted in the seizure of nearly 60 tonnes of drugs worth more than USD 2 billion and some 560 arrests.