Cooperation between law enforcement agencies in the fight against drugs in Haiti is unlikely to be effective. Given Haiti’s long history of political and financial instability and pervasive government corruption, the nation has an inherently attractiveness as a crossroads for such drug trade. Individuals involved in drug trafficking likely believe they are secure in Haiti due to the absence of a credible law enforcement presence and a functional judicial system. There was not a single drug case which culminated in a successful criminal conviction in Haiti in 1996. Most traffickers are obviously able to capitalize on the corrupt and inefficient judicial system to their advantage.
Even if Haiti had a robust law enforcement component, the country’s judicial system is not sufficient to meet the challenge, and the country’s drug laws are woefully inadequate to sustain an effective law enforcement campaign against the illicit drug trade. The lack of a law enforcement agency in Haiti that is competent in conducting investigations, making arrests, and making seizures that will be upheld in court is the most significant challenge that the DEA has in Haiti. Regrettably, Haiti has only made the tiniest of baby steps toward the direction of enacting drug laws that can actually be enforced or effective law enforcement.
Aftermath of the President’s assassination
It has been five months since the murder of former Haitian President Jovenel Moise in the residence he once called home. Although over 45 persons have been arrested in connection with the house invasion that resulted in a fatality, no one has been charged with a crime at this time. Now, fresh information has come to light, shedding light on a potential motivation for the attack that took place.
According to The New York Times, Moe had compiled a list of individuals believed to be involved in the trafficking of drugs and weapons –– some of whom were among the island nation’s oligarchs and political figures –– and was prepared to reveal it prior to being assassinated in his bed on July 7, 2021. Moe was shot and killed while he was in his bed on that day.
According to the report, Moise’s document would reveal the complex network of traffickers who have grown in power in Haiti. Some people have compared Haiti to a narco-state because of the extensive smuggling that occurs there, as well as the corruption that has helped powerful gangs, oligarchs, as well as government officials, avoid punishment.
In the months leading up to his passing, Moese took measures to clean up Haiti’s customs department, nationalize a seaport with a historical past of smuggling, destroy an airstrip used among drug traffickers, and investigate the lucrative eel trade, which already has recent times been identified as just a conduit for money laundering. Moese passed away in March of this year.
What are the new findings and the progress?
In order to do this, the New York Times went to eight of Haiti’s 10 departments, which are commonly referred to as states, and conducted more than seventy interviews. Participants in the drug trade, police officers, fisherman, and politicians were among those who gave interviews. Also interviewed were Moise’s childhood buddies. The purpose of the interviews was to obtain a deeper comprehension of the events that took place in the president’s life during the last seven months of his life that may have had a role in the president’s passing. They are now experiencing enormous levels of worry for their own lives.
Charles Leon Saint Remy is not only a powerful politician in Haiti, but also a wealthy businessman whose firm is among the best in the nation. He is also a key member of the country’s elite, a group of people who can influence the government’s decisions. He is recognized for the time and money he has put into helping others and for the good he has done in the world.
According to Haitian officials both inside and outside of Moise’s administration, Martelly and Charles Leon Saint Remy were extremely influential in Moise’s government. They had a say in everything from who received public contracts to which Cabinet ministers were appointed. Martelly is currently considering a run for the presidency again. Charles Leon Saint Remy is also considering a run for the presidency. According to his advisors, however, Moe came to the conclusion that they and other billionaires were trying to stifle his presidency.
Before Moses was elected president, he has accused of corruption himself, and it was alleged that he tolerated the illegal involvement of others in order to “be able to accomplish his own things, like give energy and infrastructure.”
Well, currently, the government of Haiti is crumbling and needs a new leader; Charles Kiko Saint Remy could be the perfect one. He has enough experience and good intentions to make things right for the people of Haiti. He also gained a large number of followers in the country who believed in him and his future plans for the nation.