U.S. Embassy Yerevan’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) was proud to sponsor two trainings from February 25 to March 1 to improve the capacity of Armenian law enforcement to investigate and prosecute corruption and drug trafficking.
A team of 10 Armenian investigators from different investigative agencies (Special Investigation Service, Investigative Committee, Investigative Departments of National Security Service and State Revenue Committee) learned techniques on investigating and prosecuting corruption and money laundering, and how to recover stolen assets. The course was taught at the U.S. government-funded International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) by instructors from the U.S. Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Service, and involved group exercises, cases studies, and country presentations.
Separately, INL sponsored a training in Yerevan by officials from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on holding financial investigations and investigating money laundering in a drug-specific context for participants from the Office of the Prosecutor General, National Security Service, Investigative Committee, Police, and State Revenue Committee. The trainers taught techniques in identifying, evaluating, tracking, and seizing financial assets, particularly involving the money laundering activities of drug trafficking organizations through case studies and tabletop exercises.