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Title: EL SALVADOR: INL MONTHLY ACTIVITIES REPORT FOR

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SAN SALVADOR 001260 
 
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SUBJECT: EL SALVADOR: INL MONTHLY ACTIVITIES REPORT FOR 
APRIL 2006 
 
 
Classified By: DCM Michael A. Butler for reasons 1.4(b) & (d) 
 
¶1. (U) The following summarizes Embassy INL activities in 
April 2006. 
 
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ILEA 
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¶2. (U) From April 4 to 6, the PNC hosted the second annual 
regional gang conference attended by representatives from 
Mexico, Central America, and the United States.  The 
conference provided a forum to discuss the gang phenomenon in 
the region, to debate best practices, and to establish links 
of communication between U.S. federal, state, and local law 
enforcement agencies and their counterparts in other regional 
governments.  Following the success of the event, ILEA will 
host a Curriculum Development Conference (CDC) from June 5 to 
9 to develop an anti-gang curriculum to be taught at ILEA. 
The CDC will be attended by U.S. and regional law enforcement 
officials, including prosecutors and prison officials. 
 
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INL DAS Christie McCampbell Visit 
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¶3. (U) Newly appointed INL DAS McCampbell visited El Salvador 
to attend the gang conference and to evaluate INL programs. 
While at the conference, she spoke with regional prosecutors 
and police officials about the pressing need to address gang 
violence.  She also had the opportunity to visit the 
following projects:  ILEA-Santa Tecla, ILEA-Comalapa, the 
Joint Intelligence Counter-Narcotics Center, and the Forward 
Operating Location. 
 
¶4. (C) In addition, she met with GOES Police Director Avila 
and Migration Director Santibanez, and Assistant U.S. 
Attorney General Alice Fisher, to discuss issues related to 
deportations and the Secure Borders Initiative.  More 
specifically, DAS McCampbell was briefed on a project 
proposal to purchase an AFIS software license for the GOES so 
that they can take biometric fingerprints of criminals and 
share those fingerprints with U.S. law enforcement agencies. 
Post is working with her office to evaluate the feasibility 
of this project. 
 
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NARCOTICS INTERDICTION 
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¶5. (U) Operations:  Officers of the Anti-Narcotics Police 
(DAN) at the INL-constructed vehicle inspection facility in 
El Amatillo inspected 337 cars, 375 passenger buses, and 166 
commercial freight trucks, resulting in the arrest of one 
individual for narcotics trafficking and the seizure of four 
kilograms of heroin.  In all operations throughout the 
country, the INL-supported DAN seized 46 kg of marijuana, 
four kg of heroin, and one kg of cocaine, and arrested 81 
individuals for trafficking offenses. 
 
¶6. (U) Training/Equipment:  INL sponsored the travel of the 
Director of the DAN to attend a Mini-IDEC conference in 
Mexico.  INL purchased five replacement swab kits for 
previously donated ion scanners. 
 
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MONEY LAUNDERING 
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¶7. (U) Operations:  The INL-supported Financial 
Investigations Unit (FIU) received 10 Suspicious Activities 
Reports, opened three new investigations, and identified and 
removed 169 false dollar-denominated bills from circulation. 
No arrests or convictions for money laundering were realized. 
 
 
¶8. (C) Equipment:  The Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) 
within the Department of Treasury and INL provided hardware, 
software, and training for a secure communication and 
analysis system between the Fiscalia and the DAN.  This 
Secure Exchange of Information System (SEIS) eliminates paper 
exchanges between the Fiscalia and the police relative to 
money laundering investigations, while simultaneously 
providing software support to analyze data collected during 
investigations.  (Septel on the effectiveness of SEIS.) 
 
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HUMAN SMUGGLING/TRAFFICKING AND TRANSIT SECURITY 
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¶9. (U) Operations:  The INL-supported Border Police 
(Fronteras) arrested 12 individuals for human smuggling and 
two people for trafficking in persons.  Police operations 
rescued 10 minors in the process of being smuggled.  No 
convictions for either offense were realized. 
 
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ORGANIZED CRIME, RULE OF LAW, AND DEMAND REDUCTION 
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¶10. (U) Organized Crime:  In April, the PNC arrested 1,047 
individuals for gang-related criminal activity.  Of these 
arrests, 56 percent of the cases were dismissed for lack of 
evidence, three percent are incarcerated awaiting trial, and 
41 percent were assigned alternative sentencing (community 
service).  28 gang members were killed due to gang-related 
violence. 
 
¶11. (U) Equipment:  INL provided digital cameras and 
additional memory chips to enhance the surveillance 
capabilities of police units assigned to gang areas. 
 
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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS 
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¶12. (U) INL provided digital cameras, binoculars, and night 
vision goggles to enhance the surveillance capabilities of 
the INL-supported IPR unit within the Customs police. 
Barclay