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Apr 10, 2018

AG: U.S. Needs to Stem the Greedy Appetite for South American Drugs

Michael Peyrefitte

The report released for March 2018 is viewed as merely finger-pointing by the United States government which stops short of equally addressing the insatiable demand for drugs in that country.  AG Peyrefitte says that more stringent measures should also be taken in the U.S. to stem the greedy appetite for drugs coming from South America.


Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“We’ve always made the argument at different meetings we would be in, if y9ou could do something about your demand then maybe the supply wouldn’t be there.  If you’re going to accuse people of being producers of drugs and accuse countries of being transshippers of drugs then you also have to admit that you’re a country of drug users.  So I mean it is a fair comment to make and maybe that’s why countries like the U.S. need to start to do, find a way to curb the demand and to make sure that their people are not on drugs and nobody will try to supply it to them, which is not to say that we support the supply of it to them.  We don’t believe that when you’re talking about drugs like cocaine, heroine, crystal meth, clearly the country of Belize is staunchly against those, so we do what we can do to fight it.  If they have information to help us fight it, we would certainly fight it.  But as you said indeed, it has to do a lot as well with demand.  As long as that insatiable appetite is there for hard drugs people will find a way to supply it, whether it comes through Central America, the Caribbean or anywhere.  People will find a way to supply it if they continue to demand it.”

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