SPRINGFIELD, Virginia, United States — In a joint press release, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) today announced a new operational intelligence program that has identified — and sub sequentially led to — the destruction of up to 95% of all illicit drug production facilities in Latin America, but neither agency would reveal details on how this new technique works.
DEA Deputy Administrator, Ms Emily Sandoval, said that ‘for decades Latin America has been a major illicit drug production and trafficking zone, and finally we have the tools to identify when and where drug production facilities are appearing in real time.’
‘We are applying new algorithms and data mining techniques on the intelligence databases maintained by both organisations,’ said Ms Sandoval. ‘Our algorithms are predicting likely facility locations, and 19 times out of 20, we are finding our predictions to be accurate.’
Until recently, the majority of the joint DEA-NSA efforts have been concentrated in the coca-growing regions of South America, which are situated in the eastern Andean slopes and the upper Amazon regions of Peru, Bolivia and Colombia.
Ms Sandoval added, ‘Our technique also identifies jungle-based facilities, which have long been hidden by rainforest canopies, until now escaping the detection of our drones and satellite surveillance programs.’
NSA spokesperson, Division Chief Diane Winslow, said that ‘Special forces teams from the 75th Ranger Regiment, Special Operations Command Navy SEALs and Delta Force have been operating in South America for six months now, successfully shutting down drug-production facilities once they are identified.’
‘We are working closely with the Pentagon and the governments of Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, who fully support our activities to eliminate drug cartels in South America.’
It is estimated that the three Andean nations produce 125,000 tonnes of coca leaf each year, ultimately netting $US4.5 billion in illicit revenues.
The drug trade has resulted in widespread violence, corruption, erosion of rule of law, and human rights violations caused by the emergence of powerful organized crime groups and drug cartels. Since the 1980s, it has been estimated that over 3 million people have died as a result these drug wars.
The DEA estimates that 60% of South America’s cocaine is refined in Colombia, while Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean are the principal corridors for transporting drugs into the United States and Europe. Illicit drug production facilities in these regions are now also being identified and shut down.
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