On April 19 and 20, the U.S. Coast Guard held the fourth annual Multilateral Maritime Interdiction and Prosecution Summit in Barbados at the Hilton Barbados Resort.
The summit, which gathered representatives from law enforcement agencies throughout the region, the Dominican Republic, and France, focused on building partnerships to deter and disrupt transnational organized crime organizations and to prosecute the leaders of such organizations. The original focus of the summit had been drug interdiction, but was expanded to encompass migrant and weapons smuggling.
Among the topics for discussion during the summit were firearms and human trafficking protocols, synchronized training for participants, and policies for customs violations. Discussions were designed to improve collaboration between law enforcement and judicial authorities in the maritime domain.
U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS Linda Taglialatela commented, “U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is always pleased to cooperate with our partner nations on issues of mutual concern, including citizen security, drug interdiction, and law enforcement training. We remain committed to working with the governments of the Eastern Caribbean in stemming the flow of illegal drugs and firearms, and disrupting organized transnational crimes.”