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Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips and United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Brenda LaGrange Johnson today (September 1), signed a US$529,300 agreement to assist Jamaica in securing its borders against drug trafficking.
The signing took place at the Ministry’s offices on Oxford Road in Kingston.
In his address, Dr. Phillips said that, “illegal drugs are often exported to the United States; they often poison and distort our own local environment, so the Governments of Jamaica and the United States have a mutual interest in ensuring that we reduce the impact of illegal drugs through our own territorial space and prevent its export to other countries, including the United States”.
The Minister pointed out that the money would provide a further boost in the fight against drug trafficking in Jamaica. “This money, nearly $35 million, will go a far way in continuing to secure the successes in counter narcotics control, which we have achieved over the past few years”, said Dr. Phillips.
Dr. Phillips explained that of the sum, US$210,000 would provide support for Jamaican law enforcement, another US$249,300 would be allocated for maritime interdiction, and the remaining US$70,000 would assist in border control activities.
He emphasised that Jamaica and the United States have had an established alliance in the fight against drug trafficking. “This is just a further testament to the co-operation and the provision of resources by the United States government,” he said.