30 May 2017 – Despite global efforts in fighting drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and acts of terrorism, such crimes continue to take place in the airports. In this context, the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) – a UNODC, World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Police Organization (INTERPOL) initiative – aims to enhance the capacity of international airports in the detection and interdiction of illicit trafficking and suspicious passengers in origin, transit and destination countries.
Success Stories – Togo and Dominican Republic
Since its establishment in July 2012, the JAITF in Lomé, Togo has seized, both on passengers and in cargo, over 100 kg of cocaine, 14 kg of heroin, 145 kilos of khat, 600 kg of fraudulent medicines, over 2 tons of undeclared cigarettes, a dozen of fake and stolen passports, as well as ivory. The task force also conducts a routine risk analysis, and sends real-time intelligence to law enforcement agencies in final destination airports, while suspicious passengers are often already on board. This has resulted in the seizure of over 150 kilos of cocaine across Africa and Asia.