Travel to Colombia by Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William R. Brownfield

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 2, 2015

Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will travel to Cartagena, Colombia, on June 2 to participate in the International Drug Enforcement Conference (IDEC). The global conference is co-hosted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Anti-Narcotics Police Directorate of the Colombian National Police. More than 300 attendees are expected, from over 100 governments. The theme of this year’s IDEC is “Transformation of the Drug Phenomenon: A Global Challenge.”

While in Cartagena, Assistant Secretary Brownfield also will also participate in a ceremony highlighting INL’s donation of six high-speed interceptor boats from Safe Boats International to strengthen the Colombian Navy’s interdiction efforts along the Colombian coastline. The boats will be used in operations to intercept suspect vessels trafficking narcotics, weapons, and other illicit items.

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