Paraguayan Anti-Drugs Force

Operator Profile
 

Key Facts

Current Title:
Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas
English Title:
Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat
Abbreviation:
SENAD
First Established:
1991
ICAO Code:
None
Country:
Paraguay
Status:
Active

History

Narrative Summary

Under the dictatorship of President Alfredo Stroessner (1954 – 1989), Paraguay became a haven for drug smugglers and arms dealers. The trade in illegal drugs soared spectacularly and corruption amongst law enforcement officials was common. Since the overthrow of Stroessner in 1989, the government has been working to clamp down on illegal drugs. In 1991 a central authority called the Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas (SENAD) was established to coordinate the areas of demand reduction, supply reduction, control measures and the information center. SENAD is funded separately from the Police and Armed Forces and reports directly to the office of the President. It works with the Anti-Narcotics Police (DINAR) and the Policia Nacional (PNP) in carrying out drug seizure operations.

In 1996 an aviation unit was established, to operate three UH-1 heiicopters specifically obtained from Argentina. The aviation unit was disbanded in March 2004 and air support is now provided by the Air Force.

Key Dates

1991    SENAD first established.
1996    SENAD Aviation Unit established.
2004    Aviation Unit disbanded.

Current Status

The SENAD Aviation Unit was disbanded in 2004.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

National Insignia

No information available on aircraft markings.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

SENAD helicopters carried military-syle serials in the range PR-H-00x.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

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Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Bell UH-1B Iroquois319962004Argentina

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas, Asuncion, Paraguay.

Organisational Structure

All helicopters were operated by the Aviation Unit of the SENAD.

Current Unit Assignments

No units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The SENAD Aviation Unit used Silvio Pettirossi International Airport?

More Information

Books

Paraguay Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Magazines

No feature articles known.

Websites

Official SENAD website

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

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