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International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Program Overview

The Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) advises the President, Secretary of State, and other agencies within the U.S. Government on the development of policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime.  INA programs aim to reduce the entry of illegal drugs into the United States and minimize the impact of international crime on the United States and its citizens.  INL's counter-narcotics and anti-crime programs also complement the war on terrorism, both directly and indirectly, but promoting modernization of and supporting operations by foreign criminal justice systems and law enforcement agencies charged with the counter-terrorism mission.

CBP administers a number of comprehensive international enforcement training programs, under the auspices of INL, providing assistance to customs and other border security agencies in countries considered to pose a threat to the United States in terms of narcotics production or movement, organized crime, and terrorist activity. CBP’s INL programs are designed to assist foreign agencies in the development and maintenance of their own counter-narcotic and anti-crime programs. This is accomplished through INL funded long-term regional advisors, short-term experts, equipment donations, and training.