In the course of the anti-drug operation of the CSTO "Channel - West screen" seized about 17 tons of drugs

02.06.2017

During the anti-drug operation of the CSTO Channel — "Western Barrier" about 17 tons of drugs seized

From May 29 to June 2, 2017, the internal affairs and anti-drug authorities of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization to implement the Plan of the main activities of the Coordination Council of the heads of the competent authorities in the framework of the Regional anti-drug operation “Channel”, an international sub-regional anti-drug operation “Channel-West Suspension” was conducted to counter the illicit drug trafficking (CCBCD) of the CSTO member states for 2016-2017. 
In this format, the operation has been carried out since 2005, today its 25th stage has been completed.

   The international coordination headquarters for the operation was deployed on the basis of the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Brest Regional Executive Committee of the Republic of Belarus  (Brest).

The intention of a set of measures aimed at stabilizing the drug situation in the Eurasian region envisaged the implementation of large-scale operational-search and other actions, primarily aimed at combating the supply of new types of narcotic drugs and psychotropic to the region substances (“designer drugs”), solving practical problems of cutting off the smuggling channels of Afghan opiates along the Northern and Balkan routes, including in the waters of the Baltic, Caspian and Black Seas and curb the smuggling of hashish produced in North Africa.

Within the framework of the main phase of the operation, the law enforcement agencies of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan, with the participation of the competent authorities of Afghanistan, Iran, Lithuania and Poland, financial intelligence units of the members of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, as well as Interpol, CARICC and the OSCE, carried out comprehensive operational search activities to identify and suppress drug Oria States participating in the operation.

To this end, interdepartmental stationary posts, barriers and mobile task forces have been created at transport infrastructure facilities. Enhanced control over relevant sections of the state border at checkpoints, in places vulnerable to uncontrolled movement of people and vehicles across the state border, in seaports and sea checkpoints during the inspection of goods, including transported vehicles, in order to detect drugs smuggled into the states involved in the operation.

The operation involved special inspection equipment, service-search dogs, special vehicles and helicopters.
As a result of the coordinated actions of the law-enforcement authorities of the participating countries, more than 16.7 tons of drugs were seized from illicit trafficking, more than 15.5 tons of opium, more than 600 kg of hashish, 55.4 kg of marijuana, more than
39.5 kg of heroin, more than 212 kg of drugs of a synthetic series.

808 drug crimes were detected, more than 10,600 criminal cases were initiated, including 538 for crimes related to drug trafficking. 242 firearms, about 5 thousand ammunition, material assets worth more than 107 thousand US dollars were seized from offenders.
In this situation, the increase in the flow of synthetic drugs, including new psychoactive substances from China, the smuggling of precursors to the states of Central Asia and Afghanistan, the CSTO member states are objectively interested in eliminating production and drug traffic. As the operation showed, the practical cooperation of the competent authorities is effective and fruitful. Work on its improvement at the strategic and tactical levels, the ultimate goal of which should be the elimination of the global threat of drugs, continues.

The operation helped to improve the crime situation and stabilize the situation in the Eurasian region, curb the activities of transnational drug groups, build a sustainable integrated system of national and regional security in the CSTO member states, and strengthen collective security generally.



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