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South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) this week held an inaugural African Multilateral Drug Enforcement summit in Pretoria to combat drug trafficking in Africa and the world, said South African police in a statement on Thursday.

The summit was held with the Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The summit started on Tuesday and ended on Wednesday and was attended by officers from the leading counter-narcotics agencies in many African countries.

The acting national head of the DPCI, Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata said countries should collaborate to fight drug related crimes.

“Faced with such complex issues, our law enforcement agencies cannot work in isolation. This summit was crucial to forge strong networks of collaboration, to pool and influence each other’s resources, cultivate meaningful expertise and create innovative regulating answers, “said Matakata.

The law enforcers discussed how best to stop the most prolific traffickers operating on the African continent and globally. They also discussed how to coordinate in eliminating money laundering, narco-terrorism and illicit drug trafficking.

Matakata said, “the same partnership is required at different levels given the gradual increase in transnational crime and this will help all of to ensure rapid response in the detection, alleviating and investigation of any impending dangers or threats.”

DEA regional director, Andre Kellum said the United States is committed to working with Africa to fight drug-related crimes. He also praised the holding of the summit as a good move.

Matakata said the increasing global footprint of crime shows that geographical boundaries are no longer serious restrictions when it comes to the scale and impact of crime. She also said South Africa is committed to working with the world agencies to fight crimes. Enditem

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