Prosecutors from U.S., Colombia and Mexico Meet for Transnational Criminal Organizations Working Group

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Friday, June 21, 2019
Bruce Zagaris

From June 12 to 14, 2019, prosecutors from Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. met for the second Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) Working Group.  The goal of the Working Group is to participate in specialized training, as well as develop joint strategies and best practices to dismantle the transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) that threaten the three countries. Experienced prosecutors from the countries benefited from trainings on international judicial cooperation and money laundering, and began crafting a road map for the development or dissemination of best practices and effective strategies to dismantle these dangerous enterprises.  With the increasing interconnectedness between Mexican cartels and Colombian drug trafficking organizations, which collaborate to improve their profits and ability to traffic narcotics, humans, weapons and other contraband into the U.S., threatening its national security, the cooperation among the prosecutors in the three countries has become even more important.