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Support to Law Enforcement

The globalization of financial markets, communications networks, and information systems enables international terrorists, narcotics traffickers, alien smugglers, money launderers, and other criminals to form cooperative relationships irrespective of geographic boundaries.  International criminal enterprises move vast sums of illicitly derived money through the world's financial systems.  They buy and sell narcotics and arms and smuggle aliens, nuclear materials, and WMD.

Criminal activity is a common means for terrorist organizations to fund themselves and support their travel and logistics activities.

  • The FBI produced a range of assessments on terrorists' involvement in and potential exploitation of alien smuggling and involvement in other criminal activity.

  • FBI initiated activities to maximize the exchange of counterterrorism-related information between the FBI and other federal, state, and local agencies.


The Intelligence Community's support to law enforcement can take a number of forms.  At the request of the Attorney General, an interagency team drafted a US heroin availability study, including recommendations for addressing foreign and domestic intelligence gaps in understanding heroin supply.  Several other working groups examined the availability of cocaine, marijuana, and synthetic narcotics in the United States. 

  • CIA, in cooperation with foreign governments, collected intelligence that assisted US law enforcement agencies in conducting operations against numerous narcotics traffickers.

  • CIA assessed the progress money-laundering havens are making towards meeting the multinational Financial Action Task Force's recommendations.  These assessments fed into policy agencies' determinations of how best to combat money laundering.

  • CIA continued to enhance its crop estimate methodology by aggressively incorporating new imagery and geospatial technology into its crop estimate program.  Estimates for the two largest drug-growing countries in the world, Afghanistan and Colombia, were conducted with state-of-the-art computer imagery analysis techniques using multi-source imagery—both high resolution NTM black-and-white imagery and commercial color multi-spectral imagery.

  • CIA developed a groundbreaking model for analyzing the drug trade as a business.  This model estimated changes in trafficker costs over the last decade and identified trafficker vulnerabilities to eradication and interdiction operations.  Parts of this model were incorporated into the Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Drug Control Strategy.

  • The NIC provided policymakers with analysis on the progress Latin American leaders are making to combat the corrupting influence that the illicit narcotics trafficking industry continues to exert. 

  • NGA continued to provide focused intelligence support to the US Customs Service, FBI, and DEA on narcotics trafficking along the US-Mexico border.  NGA also continued to provide extensive information and analysis of suspected drug cartel facilities and airfields for suspected narcotics trafficking in Colombia.

  • CIA produced dozens of publications and presented myriad briefings for policymakers on the impact of Russian crime and corruption and its intersection with politics, business, the government, and even sports.  Papers that have been widely used by policymakers include studies of Russian crime figures' ties to the public sector.

  • The National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Science and Technology (S&T) briefed and participated in working groups with the Secret Service addressing computer intrusions, forensics, and analysis.


Posted: May 01, 2007 09:11 AM
Last Updated: Jan 03, 2012 12:56 PM