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Jamaica. 2005 ‘Action at the National Level.’ National Report of Jamaica on its Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), pp. 3-4. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the United Nations. 1 January

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Action at the National Level

The connection between the inflow of illicit small arms and light weapons and illicit drugs is impossible to separate. Jamaica is, unfortunately, a major transshipment point for illegal drugs such as cocaine. This activity has resulted in the inextricable link as one of the main sources of the importation of illegal arms and ammunition into the island.

Weapons are often times exchanged for drugs and vice-versa, in addition to being used to protect the drugs that are en-route to destinations in North America or Europe.

Trafficking of both drugs and guns are done either via go-fast boats, creatively hidden in cargo containers, light aircraft and even fishing boats used by local fishermen who meet drug and gun dealers out at sea.

Weapons such as AK47's and M16's are popularly smuggled in from South and Central America. Intelligence reports suggest that some of these weapons are suspected to have been used in armed conflicts that took place in Nicaragua and El Salvador in previous decades.

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