Nine areas—from sensors to judicial enforcement—must be addressed if we art to defeat drug traffickers in the eastern Caribbean. This U.S. Coast Guardsman is removing marijuana from a ship seized by the cutter Vigilantoff the coast of Cuba.
A winning strategy that combines and coordinates all international assets and resources, yet still honors individual national territorial-integrity issues, can be developed and implemented for the eastern Caribbean's war on drugs. The success of the U.S. Coast Guard-led, multiagency/multinational operation Frontier Shield—during which cocaine seizures rose 174%--highlights what is possible when agencies put aside self-serving interests and work together, even against an enemy with seemingly limitless resources and product.
Such a strategy to defeat drug traffickers will require the full support and integration of assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, Customs, Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement Agency, and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and all of the countries up and down the Antilles chain in nine key areas: