Narcotics Control Strategy Report 2003
Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) is an annual report by the Department
of State to Congress prepared in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act. It
describes the efforts of key countries to attack all aspects of the
international drug trade in Calendar Year 2003.
The report was released on March 1, 2004
Americas & Canada
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Canada, Mexico, and Central
of the major transit zone for narcotics moving towards the U.S., was removed
from the Majors list in 1999. At the time, declining seizure rates and lack of
hard evidence that drugs were transiting through Belizean waters and air space
supported this decision. However, new evidence that Belize is a regular
transshipment point continues to emerge...
The Caribbean & The Bahamas
continues its role as a major transit country for cocaine and marijuana bound to
the U.S. from South America and the Caribbean. The Government of The Bahamas (GCOB)
cooperates with the United States Government (USG) to stop the flow of illegal
drugs through its territory, to target Bahamian drug trafficking organizations
and to reduce the domestic demand for drugs within the Bahamian population...
not a major drug producing country, but it is a transit country for cocaine
flowing from neighboring Bolivia, and less so from Peru and Colombia. Argentina
has also become a transit area for Colombian heroin en route to the U.S. East
Coast (primarily New York), although there is no evidence that the quantities
involved significantly affect supply in the U.S. According to Argentine
government (GOA) statistics, domestic drug use continues on the upswing.
Although the number of arrests for possession and trafficking declined in 2003,
seizures of most types of drugs increased in 2003. This is indicative of a more
focused use of investigative resources, to target trafficking organizations
instead of individual violators. Argentina is a party to the 1988 UN Drug