About us

The rapid movement of people, goods and capital over recent years has opened up new opportunities for organised crime. In a globalised world drugs, arms, hazardous waste, protected species and the financial proceeds of crime flow rapidly across countries and continents. The authority of law enforcement and judicial authorities comes to a halt at national borders. The Cocaine Route Programme (CRP) presents a concerted effort by the European Union and its partners to staunch the flow of illicit goods and facilitate communication and cooperation of criminal investigators and prosecutors. Since 2009, the EU has committed almost €50 million to the programme in over 40 countries through the Instrument contributing to Peace and Stability. Its current focus is on transnational organised crime and drug trafficking in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, essentially West Africa, and Europe.

The Cocaine Route Programme addresses the challenge of a fragmented law enforcement approach along the trafficking route by promoting regional and trans-regional cooperation. The programme also seeks to build the capacity of law enforcement agencies and judicial bodies addressing cocaine trafficking and related criminal activity such as money laundering and the trafficking of precursor chemicals.

The programme consists of 8 projects designed to promote the interception of drugs, support anti-money laundering activities and improve the exchange of information, analysis and intelligence.

Cocaine Monitoring and Support

In 2011 the Cocaine Monitoring and Support (CORMS) programme was established to increase the synergies between all the components of the CRP as well as to improve coordination with other initiatives carried out by the European Union in the fight against organised crime and drug trafficking. From 2014, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is managing this component of the Cocaine Route Programme.

The Website of the Cocaine Route Monitoring and Support Project records the achievements of the Cocaine Route Programme. It is designed as an information depository, to provide analysis and encourage discussion among stakeholders.

About RUSI

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) is an independent think tank engaged in cutting edge research on security and defence matters. A unique institution, founded in 1831, RUSI embodies nearly two centuries of forward thinking, free discussion and careful reflection on security issues. The National Security and Resilience Department conducts a broad range of research, advisory and consultancy services for policymakers and practitioners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The team includes academics, former policy-makers, practitioners, and analysts who deploy an evidence based approach to research to improve policy and decision-making. This multidisciplinary capability is complemented by an extensive formal and informal network of high-level contacts across the globe.

About the European Union

The European Union is a strategic partner in combating transnational organised crime.

The Cocaine Route Programme is funded by the European Commission – EuropeAid via the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP, art. 5).

Established initially in 2007, the Instrument for Stability (IfS) was rebranded in 2014 to the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP). It is the main thematic tool of the European Commission to improve security in partner countries, complementing other financial tools in particular where geographical or traditional development instruments cannot be used. It is possible to provide ‘assistance in response to situations of crisis or emerging crisis to prevent conflicts’ as well as longer-term programmes relating to conflict prevention, peace-building and crisis-preparedness as well as addressing global, trans-regional and emerging threats (such as, amongst others, organised crime and drug trafficking).



The Flow

  • Oct

    Boletín de noticias – Semana del 10 de octubre

    By Alexandra Taralunga

    La policía brasileña desarticuló una red de tráfico internacional de cocaína de alta pureza que actuaba en los estados de Amazonas, Ceará y Paraná. La organización delictiva tenía vínculos en la región fronteriza entre Brasil, Perú y Colombia, donde era adquirida la droga. 300 kilogramos de cocaína fueron aprehendidos. Dos mexicanos, el piloto y copiloto...

  • Sep

    Boletín de noticias – Semana del 12 de septiembre

    By Alexandra Taralunga

    Siete personas fueron detenidas por la policía como supuestos autores de un robo a narcotraficantes en Málaga, entre ellas cuatro guardias civiles. La Rioja servía como centro de las operaciones del supuesto grupo criminal. La policía ha encontrado 69 kilos de hachís, armas de fuego y anabolizantes. Un informe presentado por el gobierno de Estados...

  • Sep

    News Briefing – Week of 29 August

    By Helden De Paz Mancera

    It has been reported that the Spanish National Police seized 900 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a container of fruit in the southern city of Cadiz. Allegedly, the drugs came from Colombia and three individuals were apprehended. An article analyses the situation in the Philippines where there have been 2,528 drug-related deaths under the first...