Authorities from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a delegation from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agreed on Thursday to improve the exchange of intelligence to combat drug trafficking cartels.
In a meeting at the diplomatic headquarters located in the Mexican capital, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement that, specifically, “they addressed the collaboration between the Government of Mexico and the DEA to reduce the damage of drug consumption and trafficking in the region.”
In addition, “both delegations agreed to establish as a bilateral priority to improve the mechanisms to share intelligence against organized crime.”
The report noted that during the meeting the DEA authorities shared with the Mexican authorities the trends of drug consumption and production in both countries.
“Criminal activities in Mexico and the United States are deeply interconnected. What happens on one side of the border directly affects the other country,” said Ricardo Mejia Berdeja, Mexico’s Undersecretary of Public Security.
“We work in a coordinated and respectful manner with U.S. authorities to share best practices and intelligence to reduce violent crimes that affect both societies,” he added.
While the head of the SRE’s North American Unit, Roberto Velasco, said that the exchange was always respectful of Mexican sovereignty “and that it is a dialogue that seeks to strengthen cooperation to effectively confront transnational organized crime between the two countries.”
On Wednesday, Mexican authorities discussed cooperation strategies to reduce violence in Mexico with members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
In addition to Velasco and Mejía Berdeja, the Mexican delegation included Santiago Nieto Castillo, head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF), among others.
While the American delegation was made up of several DEA officials such as Anthony Nardozzi, deputy chief of litigation, narcotics and dangerous drugs; Michael Cabral, section chief of the Foreign Operations Division and Matt Allen, deputy regional director.