The Andean Region’s geographical area includes the countries of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
The countries within the Andean Region are primarily responsible for the heroin, and the world’s cocaine hydrochloride (HCL), cocaine base, and wholesale cocaine HCL distribution. Shipments of multi-ton quantities of cocaine are transported via maritime container shipments, fishing vessels and go fast boats to the U.S. and Europe via Mexico and Central America.
DEA offices in this region aggressively combat methods of operations used by the various regional drug trafficking organizations (DTO) by participating in bilateral investigations and intelligence activities, sponsor and conduct counter-narcotics training as well as engage in foreign liaison.
The Southern Cone’s geographical area includes the countries of Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
Most countries within the Southern Cone Region are considered to be transit zones for the movement of cocaine base, cocaine HCL, and heroin being shipped from Colombia and Peru to markets in the U.S. and Europe, or producers of coca leaves.
DEA offices located in the Southern Cone conduct bilateral investigations; sponsor and conduct counter-narcotics training, to include specific training on clandestine laboratory operations and the diversion of precursor chemicals; participate in intelligence gathering activities; provide assistance in developing drug control laws and regulations; and support DEA domestic offices and other agencies with drug and non-drug investigations through controlled deliveries and evidence sharing.
For more information about a particular country, visit the CIA World Factbook.
|Country(s)/Resident Office(s)||Contact Information|
|Buenos Aires, Argentina||5411-5777-4696|