Chile Protects Northern Border
By Dialogo January 01, 2012
Although Chile is not considered a major producer of illegal narcotics, it is
a significant transit country for Andean cocaine shipments headed for Europe and the
United States, according to the 2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report
of the U.S. Department of State.
The South American nation is taking steps to prevent the entry and exit of
drugs and contraband through its ports and borders. In October 2011, Defense
Minister Andrés Allamand and Interior and Public Security Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter
led the launch of the Northern Border Plan initiative that seeks to fight organized
crime in the regions of Arica, Parinacota, Tarapacá and Antofagasta.
The implementation of the plan will include purchasing fixed ground radars, a
Coast Watcher Unit, as well as thermographic detection and command and control
systems costing more than $5 billion.
Sources: Ministry of Defense of Chile, U.S. Department of State