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The Philippines: New Agency Created to Support Drug Enforcement Agency

(Mar. 15, 2017) On March 6, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) that brings together 21 state agencies, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as chair, under a joint command, in order to more effectively combat the country’s drug problem. (Manuel Mogato, Philippine […]

Italy: Security of Cities

(Mar. 10, 2017) On February 21, 2017, new legislation on the security of cities in Italy entered into effect.  (Decree-Law No. 14 of February 20, 2017, Urgent Provisions on the Security of the City (D. L. No. 14), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.) (Feb. 20, 2017), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).)  The new legislation regulates the methods for coordination […]

Cuba/United States: Memorandum of Understanding on Law Enforcement Matters

(Jan. 24, 2017) On January 16, 2017, authorities from Cuba and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at fostering collaboration on a number of law enforcement matters. (Press Release, United States and Cuba to Sign Law Enforcement Memorandum of Understanding (Jan. 16, 2017), U.S. Embassy in Cuba website.) The MOU was […]

United Nations: Latin American and African Countries Join International Program to Combat Drug Trafficking

(Dec. 2, 2016) In October 2016, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced that ten countries in Latin America and Africa will participate in a UNODC program aimed at combatting international drug trafficking.  (Press Release, UNODC Launches CRIMJUST Project to Address Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking Across Regions (Oct. 18, 2016), UNODC […]

Brazil: Constitutional Amendment Approved

(June 9, 2014) On May 27, 2014, the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a proposal for a constitutional amendment that was first put forward in 1999. The amendment modifies article 243 of the Constitution. (Proposta de Emenda Constitucional No. 57, de 1999 (June 18, 1999), Senado Federal website; Constituição Federal [C.F.] (1988), PLANALTO; Press Release, Ministra […]

Angola: Anti-Terrorism and Money Laundering Law

(Feb. 28, 2014) On February 10, 2014, Angola’s National Assembly (the parliament) enacted Law No. 3, which further criminalizes money laundering offenses related to the financing of terrorism (Lei No. 3/14, de 10 de Fevereiro, Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Angola website [choose Legislação Complementar Relevante in category dropdown box […]

New Zealand: Psychoactive Substances Bill Proposed

(Mar. 5, 2013) On February 26, 2013, the Psychoactive Substances Bill was introduced in the New Zealand Parliament. The bill aims to provide the government with greater ability to control what have commonly been called “legal highs,” such as synthetic cannabis-like products and party pills that may contain a range of substances. (Press Release, Hon. […]

Mexico; United States: Memorandum of Cooperation on Methamphetamine Production

(Sept. 6, 2012) On August 23, 2012, drug enforcement authorities from the <?United States and Mexico announced the signature of a memorandum of cooperation(MOC)between the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Mexican government to combat unlawful methamphetamine production. (Press Release, DEA, DEA and Mexico Announce Further Steps to Combat Meth Production (Aug. 23, […]

Netherlands: Ban of the Drug Khat Proposed

(Mar. 14, 2012) The Dutch government has decided to ban the drug Khat. The fresh leaves, twigs, and shoots of the Khat plant (Catha edulis) are an addictive substance reportedly used mainly by Somalis in the Netherlands. Although moderate use of the drug “does not cause major problems,” it may be problematic for about ten […]

Afghanistan; Iran; Pakistan: Agreement to Halt Drug Traffic

(Nov. 30, 2011) On November 28, 2011, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) praised the three-way pact on drug smuggling signed by officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran on November 27. The agreement is designed to increase information sharing in the fight against the drug trade. Ninety percent of the opium in […]