United States appreciates Romanian-American cooperation in fight against drug traffic

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Romanian Police General Inspector, main police quaestor Petre Toba had on Wednesday a meeting with a delegation of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) within the US Justice Department, headed by Thomas Harrigan, occasion for the American official to underline the good Romanian-American cooperation in the fight against the traffic of drugs.

“DEA cooperates with the majority of the world states, but the best cooperation at regional and even international levels is with the Romanian Police, respectively the Department for Combating the Organized Crime”, stated during the meeting Thomas Harrigan, Operations Chief within the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to a release.

At the same time, the American officials pointed out the good Romanian-American cooperation in combating the drugs traffic, voicing conviction that the know-how exchange with the Romanian Police will continue in the fight against the organized crime.
The two sides established some mutual exchanges of experts in the aim to better train them and to know the means and methods of combating organized crime mainly focused on the combating of the international drugs traffic.

Chief of Romanian Police addressed thanks to DEA partners for the entire support provided so far, underlining that the expertise acquired by the Romanian experts in the field was essential for the dismantlement of several organized crime groups.

As a result of the cooperation between DEA and the Romanian Police in 2007 an important international network of drug traffickers was dismantled, acting in Turkey and The Netherlands, a number of 14 offenders being arrested and more than 400 kilograms of heroine seized. Likewise, in 2008, two international arms traffickers were arrested and extradited to the United States and, in 2009, more than 3,800 kilograms of cocaine were seized in Brazil.

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