March 11, 2019
Contact: Brian McNeal
Phone Number: (571) 362-1498
DEA participates in new Global Trade Task Force
DETROIT – In an effort to mitigate vulnerabilities within the commerce stream that threaten the nation’s consumers and to protect national security, Homeland Security officials recently launched its Global Trade Task Force, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations-led multi-agency effort that leverages robust import and export controls and investigative authorities to combat illicit commercial activities. Authorities announced results from a recent task force effort Monday at Detroit’s Fort Street Cargo Facility.
The new task force combines the investigative, interdiction, regulatory and licensing capabilities from a variety of agencies, including HSI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security and the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations.
The GTTF's primary mission is to counter the following types of illicit commercial activities:
- Health & Safety: Trafficking of counterfeit, substandard, or tainted merchandise, with an emphasis on goods that pose a threat to public health or safety, including pharmaceuticals and cosmeceuticals, automotive, aerospace, rail, and heavy industry products; and environmental crimes.
- Trade Crime: Financially-motivated fraud schemes that deprive revenue from the United States Government or which harm businesses, rights holders, or undermine financial institutions.
- Counter-Proliferation: Illegal export of U.S. military products, sensitive dual-use technology, weapons of mass destruction, or chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials.
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