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18 July 2017

How to identify cash and asset smugglers focus of INTERPOL workshop

FRANKFURT, Germany – Strengthening the capabilities of police and customs services in the seizure of assets, especially cash being illicitly transported was the focus of an INTERPOL training course.

The three-day (11 – 13 July) Expert Workshop on Cash and Asset Seizures provided both theoretical and practical training to 20 police and customs officials from 10 countries across Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa.

Participants were able to see first-hand the methods used at Frankfurt international airport to detect smuggled cash and assets, in addition to being trained on using INTERPOL’s policing capabilities and the World Customs Organization’s communication platform for information exchange.

The need for inter-agency and cross border cooperation to identify potential links with organized crime networks involved in drug trafficking for successful prosecutions was also a key area during the course.

The training was organized within the framework of the EU-funded CRIMJUST Project and the US DoS funded INTERPOL/ StAR Global Focal Point Platform with the support of the German Customs Criminal office, the Main Customs office in Frankfurt, the German Federal Criminal Police and the German Federal Police.