Monday, February 11, 2013

Cuban Anti-Drug Strategy Proven Effective

Havana, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's anti-drug strategy was proven effective in 2012, when the presence of suspicious aircraft and vessels decreased drastically in national territory, and almost all drugs drifting to shore were captured, Granma newspaper reported on [Page 3, printed edition, Feb 11, 2013. By FRANCISCO ARIAS FERNÁNDEZ] .

According to the newspaper, there was a minimal presence of such substances in the country's interior last year, while sightings of suspicious aircraft and vessels decreased from 54 in 2011 to 24.

Authorities also seized nearly all illicit drugs off the Cuban coast, amounting to some 2,961 kilograms, a figure below the 8,508 kg seized this way the previous year.

About 3,045 kg (2,997 kg of marijuana, 43 kg of cocaine, two kilograms of hashish and small amounts of other illegal substances) were also confiscated within national territory during 2012.

These are the results of the "Coraza Popular" and "Ache III" operations, implemented a decade ago to deal with the problem in a context marked by increased international threats and the complexity of the phenomenon of drug trafficking in the region, the newspaper said. Granma notes that 628 people were also sanctioned for drug-related crimes last year.

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