Drug threat to Caribbean may worsen
Narcotics trafficking through the Caribbean, and the associated criminality that accompanies it may be about to get worse. As those who produce and traffic narcotics into North America and Europe come under increasing pressure in Central America and Mexico there is a serious danger that their activities will be displaced into the Caribbean.
In one of a number of recent reports on the issue the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has warned that there is a growing risk that the Caribbean could once again become the primary conduit for narcotics trafficking into the US.
The document, which mainly concentrates on Central America, also suggests that although Jamaica has declined as a location for cocaine shipments to Europe, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Dutch and French Caribbean plus Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana have become important conduits using, in some cases routes through West Africa.