International Co-operation to Combat Drug Trafficking

Security Minister James Brokenshire has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Peruvian Vice Interior Minister Ivan Vega Loncharich to enhance co-operation in the fight against organised drug trafficking.  The new agreement which was signed earlier today will strengthen joint working between the UK and Peru to combat cross-border drug smuggling. 

Peru is a key ally in combatting the illegal drugs trade and the UN estimates that more cocaine is produced and exported from there than anywhere else in the world.  This agreement will mean further co-operation between the two countries to tackle narcotics trafficking and build on work that is already taking place. 

Under the new arrangements the UK and Peru will exchange intelligence, work closer together on international investigations and share techniques and training to help build both countries’ ability to tackle organised crime. 

James Brokenshire said: 

“I am delighted to sign this memorandum of understanding with Peru. We are already doing good work with the Peruvian government and law enforcement to tackle drug smuggling at its source. 

“This agreement will see us build on that work and crack down on organised crime in general.”