GUATEMALA CITY, July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dionisio
Gutiérrez met in Guatemala with
four former officials from the security agencies of the United States government, who are
currently members of various global organizations, dedicated to
crisis solution and transnational security, in coordination with
agencies and organizations of important governments in the western
The group of specialists was lead by James Milford, expert in global security and
former deputy administrator of the DEA in Washington; DC Page, Director of V2 Global and
former senior official of the Department of Homeland Security;
Larry Holifield, intelligence and
operations expert against criminal organizations that threaten
the United States security and
former attaché for the DEA in charge of Colombia, Central
America, and Mexico; and
Leslie Alessandra, who, a month ago,
was the senior official expert of the FBI for Latin America in corruption, money laundering
and drug trafficking.
Fundación Libertad y Desarrollo
(Liberty and Development Foundation) organized the forum:
"Guatemala: A Threat to
Hemispheric Security" where the four guests conveyed their
concern for the significant progress that organized crime has had
in the cooptation of public institutions and political parties, to
the extent of bringing Guatemala
to the brink of becoming a narcostate.
Dionisio Gutiérrez explained that "75 percent of the
presidential campaigns have been financed by corruption and drug
trafficking in the last 12 years; therefore, it is important to
push an agenda with the support of public institutions, civil
society and the private sector to ensure that drug trafficking and
politics do not team up."
The guests emphasized that the key to deal with this problem is
for citizens and especially the elites of the country to become
seriously involved in the process of an institutional reform and in
the training and professionalization of security forces and the
Gutiérrez concluded the event assuring that "the U.S.
agencies can collaborate with the transfer of resources and
training for national entities, but that the main responsibility of
the battle against drug trafficking and organized crime belongs to
public institutions in Guatemala."
You may watch the report dedicated to the event in the program,
Razón de Estado.
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