Although the Royal Bahamian Police Force boasts of an aggressive crime prevention plan to "reduce violence and driving [sic] down the fear of crime,"they clearly do not have sufficient resources toeffectively patrol their vast chain of islands.Over 4,000 keys, spanning the 4,800 kilometers of Cuban coastline, provide cover for speedboats andfishing vessels.
Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands have beenlabeled "high intensity drug trafficking areas(HIDTA)." As well, much of the drug interdictionconcentrated on Venezuela and Colombia has shiftedto drug air transportation routes from the DominicanRepublic to the eastern Caribbean. Puerto Rico is amajor commercial gateway to the US, both in termsof frequent air traffic and freighter shipments tomainland destinations.
Police Corruption in Puerto Rico has been rampant.The Justice Department recently pledged $10 millionto the Puerto Rican government "to combat policecorruption, extrajudicial killings and civil rights violations." Justice Department officials reportedthat from January 2005 to November 2010, there were more than 1,709 arrests of officers for chargesthat range from theft to murder and drug trafficking.
Transnational organized crime networks arediversifying and always expanding. They continue todestabilize countries and corrupt officials as they leave a trail of death and violence. They are primarily motivated by huge profits, power and prestige. Thesecrime groups operate through fluid networks ratherthan more formal hierarchies, which provides themincreased flexibility, low visibility, diversity andlongevity. Are we talking solely about drug trafficking? One of the major concerns is beyond drug trafficking. Recenttraining in the region (June) that involved thecoordination of 16 Caribbean nations "focused upon what they perceived was their largest problems."Much of this focused on international criminal justicecooperation lacking that allows criminal actors (on amyriad of violent criminal offenses) to escape to