Jamaica is listed among many countries by the United States as a major drug transit or major illicit drug-producing nation.
The designation was made by U.S. President Joe Biden in the required report for Fiscal Year 2024.
Some of the other countries include Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.
Mr. Biden noted that a country’s presence on the foregoing list is not necessarily a reflection of its government’s counter-drug efforts or level of cooperation with the United States.
He said the reason countries are placed on the list is the combination of geographic, commercial, and economic factors that allow drugs to be transited or produced, even if a government has engaged in robust and diligent narcotics control and law enforcement measures.
“The vast majority of illicit drugs causing the most damage in the United States originate from beyond our borders, and our most effective means of reducing the availability of these drugs is to expand and improve our cooperation with international partners,” Biden noted.
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