U.S. donates vehicles, equipment to fight drug trafficking in Peru

14:47 | Lima, Aug. 6.

The Government of the United States has donated four state-of-the-art trucks for border patrol and the fight against drug trafficking in Peru.

The donation was made by Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lima Mark Wells. It was received by Peru's Interior Minister Mauro Medina and National Deputy Superintendent of National Customs and Tax Administration (Sunat) Rafael Garcia.

Valued at US$700,000, the trucks will facilitate the inspection of vehicles, vessels, as well as containers at ports, airports, and border control points. 

The trucks are fully equipped and stocked with more than 700 instruments and tools for inspectors to meet national security objectives. 

The vehicles will be allocated to Sunat and the National Police (PNP) Chemical Control Division for their operation in Tumbes, Tacna, and Callao.

"This is an important support from the Government of the United States to meet the challenges posed by the fight against terrorism and narcotics, as well as interdiction and organized crime operations," Wells expressed.

"Such operations demand rapid solutions, as well as mobile equipment so that legal shipments can move rapidly. This will ensure optimal inspections of suspicious or illegal cargo containers," he added.


Published: 8/6/2018
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