AmEmbassy Brasilia’s NAS/DEA Partnership

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06BRASILIA1337 3 July 2006 Solo uso oficial Embassy Brasilia

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: SNAR, BR
SUBJECT: AmEmbassy Brasilia’s NAS/DEA Partnership

REF: Brasilia 1069

1. (U) This cable was coordinated with Brazil’s DEA Country
Office.

2. (SBU) Summary. In conjunction with the Brazilian Federal
Police, DEA Brazil and AmEmbassy Brasilia’s Narcotics Affairs
Section (NAS) work together to dismantle large-scale international
drug trafficking organizations (DTO), particularly those with ties
to the United States (US). To better achieve this objective, DEA
Brazil and NAS are constantly searching for new ways to increase
productivity and strengthen relationships with the Federal Police
(DPF). Our principal means of exerting leverage on the GOB are
through: 1) the provision of NAS funding, i.e., training courses,
conferences, and necessary equipment, and 2) facilitate the exchange
of intelligence and case information between DEA Brazil and the DPF.
End Summary.

3. (SBU) As Brazil is a transshipment country in which drug
trafficking organizations maintain key command and control center,
it is key that we maintain the excellent relationship between NAS
and DEA here. During the past several years, some Colombian
traffickers have been moving their bases of operations from Colombia
to Brazil as they (erroneously) see Brazil as a country where they
will not be as easily targeted, arrested, prosecuted and/or
extradited. The most prominent example of this is the international
operation "Twin Oceans," a joint DEA-Brazilian Federal Police
investigation which on May 16, 2006 culminated in the arrest of
Colombian national Pablo Joaquin Rayo Montano in Sao Paulo and ten
other members of his organization in Brazil. (See reftel.) In that
operation, the DPF’s NAS-supported Sensitive Intelligence Unit (SIU)
monitored 25 lines, intercepted over 125,000 phone calls, and was
key to the success of the bust.

4. (SBU) In addition, DPF intelligence indicates that Colombian
drug trafficking organizations have made inroads into Brazil with
respect to the transshipment of heroin to the U.S. and other world
markets. DEA Brazil has noticed a dramatic increase in the number
of heroin seizures in the past six months that have either been
seized in Brazil destined for the United States or that have been
seized in the United States but originated from Brazil.

5. (SBU) INL/NAS involvement is also key to post’s efforts in the
porous Tri-border area. NAS funding helps DEA Brazil to further
enhance its capabilities there and continue to fight the war on
terrorism. Indeed, the lack of manpower and funding are the most
important issues facing the joint DEA/NAS SIU in Brazil. Without
additional agents and funding, in the future post will not be able
to replicate the past successes of this program.


Joint DEA/NAS Activities


6. (SBU) Below are examples of ongoing joint activities.

— Border Control. The GOB’s flagship anti-drug effort is
Operation COBRA (Colombia-Brazil), aimed at reinforcing the
country’s northern borders with Colombia via riverine patrols.
Similar efforts are underway to reinforce the Peru, Venezuela,
Bolivia, Guyana and Suriname borders. NAS funding pays for items
such as night vision equipment, small riverine boats and port
control training, while DEA provides Operation COBRA with
intelligence and information support. In addition, NAS has funded
the TDY to Brazil of four Bolivian SIU officers who are assisting in
SIU investigations targeting Spanish speakers. It is anticipated
that four more Bolivians will be assigned to work at the
Bolivia-Brazil border this calendar year.

— SIU and Intel Collection. The SIU, jointly funded by NAS and
DEA, conducts wiretap investigations which generate thousands of
call detail records. These records are sent to DEA Brazil for
analysis where they are imported into a database that can be
accessed by numerous U.S. law enforcement and Intelligence Community
agencies. The NAS- funded SIU wiretap room in Sao Paulo has been so
successful that DEA Panama is planning to use it as a model for its
SIU. In addition, DEA Brazil and NAS are in the process of

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convincing the DPF of the importance of signing onto multinational
information sharing centers such as the Special Operations Division
(SOD) and the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC).

— Airport Interdiction. The DEA Sao Paulo Office has a strong
interdiction program at the Sao Paulo International Airport.
Currently, DEA is working to establish an airport interdiction
program at the Rio de Janeiro International airport and in the
future it would like to expand this effort to airports in Northern
Brazil. DEA Brazil sent two DPF agents from Sao Paulo and two DPF
Agents from Rio de Janeiro to attend Sky Narc training in Reno,
Nevada. DEA Brazil is also attempting to set up airport training
for the DPF agents at airports located within the Tri-border area.
DEA is working with NAS to fund this project.

— Analysis of Cocaine Samples. DEA Brazil has established a
domestic monitoring program in cooperation with the DPF. The
program models the domestic monitoring program in the United States,
where samples of cocaine seizures are sent to the Special Testing
and Research Laboratory for signature analysis. The analysis of the
cocaine samples determines purity levels, identifies the source
country from where the drugs originated, and differentiates between
source country HCl processing. From a strategic intelligence
perspective, this will provide invaluable intelligence on the
cocaine threat not only within Brazil but also South America. NAS
has provided the funding to send Brazilian chemists to Washington to
attend Forensic Chemical training sponsored by DEA and it is
anticipated that two additional chemists will travel to Washington
in September to attend cocaine signature training.

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