(posted May 21, 9:00 a.m.)- Under the aegis of the U.S.-backed anti-narcotics effort known as the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), the U.S. government on Monday donated eight mobile drug-detection units to Nicaragua’s National Police and Navy.
The police received four Hardened Mobile Tracers while the navy received four TruNarcs units. Both sets of equipment, valued at $250,000, are hand-held field units designed to detect chemical traces of illegal narcotics.
The U.S. government also provided training on proper use of the equipment to 15 anti-narcotics police officers and 12 naval officers. The drug detection units will allow Nicaraguan security officials to quickly test for drugs in the field and then supply hard evidence in judicial cases against alleged drug traffickers.
The U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs has also earmarked $3.7 million to fund drug-prevention and rehabilitation programs in Nicaragua, according to an Embassy press release.