In December 2008, Mexico and the United States signed the Merida Initiative, a bilateral security agreement that opened a historical chapter of cooperation and recognition of the shared responsibilities of both nations to counteract the violence caused by transnational criminal organizations that threaten both countries.
The mission of the Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) in Monterrey is to provide effective foreign assistance and foster cooperation to counter these threats. INL Monterrey covers the states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Durango, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas.
Through nine years of implementation, the Merida Initiative has led to greater collaboration between the United States and Mexico. It has provided tangible support to Mexico’s law enforcement and judicial institutions, helped to counteract the illegal trade in narcotics, and strengthened border security. To date, the Mérida Initiative has delivered more than USD $1.6 billion in equipment, training, and capacity building assistance to the government of Mexico.
Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL)
Phone: +52 (81) 8047-3100 ext. 3209 and 3373