The United States Drug Enforcement Agency operates in Central America
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The United States Drug Enforcement Agency operates in Central America

Tegucigalpa : Honduras | Nov 08, 2011 at 1:29 AM PST
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Agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) police operations against drug traffickers operating in Central American countries, said the New York Times.

According to U.S. newspaper article, the officers took part this year in a drug operation in Honduras conducted by Honduran security forces, including a confrontation with the narcotraffickers.

The New York Times said the DEA has five command-style equipment have been deployed to Honduras, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Belize and Haiti.

Based on interviews with officials involved, the newspaper said the program is called Support Advisory Team Abroad (FAST, for its acronym in English), which was created during the George W. Bush.

The newspaper said the program was created to investigate the links between the Taliban and drug traffickers in Afghanistan and continued under the administration of President Barack Obama, expanding its area of ​​action.

"All U.S. law enforcement activities are carried out in close coordination with host countries and the U.S. embassy," said Lawrence Payne, spokesman for the DEA.

"Fast teams provide essential support to law enforcement agencies of host countries," explained Payne.

Following questions of sovereignty, the countries involved do not accept the presence of foreign agents in its territory.

Mexico, which has accepted U.S. aid, for example, through surveillance by drones, has rejected the presence of commands.

According to U.S. federal law, DEA agents can not implement directly arrests outside EU territory, although they are allowed to participate in operations with local security forces.

The newspaper quoted scholars saying that while the program entails potential benefits would not stop "permanently" the flow of drugs because it requires a country to have strong institutions.

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Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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