On the 20th of October 2017, CARICC hosted a meeting between G. Pustovitov, Director of CARICC, and Enebish Munkhbaya, Head of the Representation Office of the Embassy of Mongolia in the Republic of Kazakhstan, in Almaty.
E. Munkhbayar congratulated G. Pustovitov with the appointment to the post of Director of CARICC. Further, G. Pustovitov briefed E. Munkhbayar on the progress of Mongolia’s request to obtain observer status with CARICC, which is under consideration of CARICC member states.
E. Munkhbayar extended his hope that the process of considering the request from Mongolia will have a positive feedback, since Mongolia is interested in developing cooperation with CARICC member states in the fight against narcotic drugs.
Participants of the meeting reaffirmed their commitment to further development of cooperation among CARICC and Mongolia.
On the 18th of October 2010, at the initiative of the Kazakh party, a meeting was held in CARICC between Grigory Pustovitov, Director of the Center, and Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
During the meeting, Y. Ashikbayev congratulated G. Pustovitov with the inauguration to Director of the Center, and invited him to take part in the 10th Anniversary Meeting of the Parties to the Memorandum of Understanding on Regional Cooperation in Drug Control to be held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on October 31, 2017, in Astana.
During the meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan noted positive results of CARICC’s activities in the field of coordination of international counter-narcotics operations and information and analytical work in countering transnational drug-related crime.
G. Pustovitov, Director of the Center, briefed on organization’s future plans for the development of international cooperation, and implementation of various recommendations of member states, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
Following a meeting, the parties extended an interest in further strengthening the bilateral cooperation of CARICC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
During the period from 09 to 13 October 2017, internal affairs agencies and drug enforcement units of CSTO member states implemented a Subregional Counter-Narcotics Operation “Channel - Volga Boundary”.
The Operation’s International Coordination Headquarters was deployed at the facilities of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior of Russian Federation for Saratov region (Saratov).
Operation “Channel-Volga Boundary” was organized in accordance with the plan of major activities of the Coordinating Council of heads of competent authorities for countering illicit drug trafficking (CCACD) of member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for 2016-2017, in the interests of ensuring collective security , as well as to enhance the level of practical interaction amongst CSTO member states and other countries in the fight against illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances along the so-called ‘Northern’ and ‘Balkan’ routes.
The purpose of the operation was to implement a series of large-scale operations and investigations, and preventive measures aimed at interdicting the Afghan opiates smuggling channels into the territory of Eurasian region’s states, including along the water area of the Caspian Sea and the Volga River basin, intercepting illegal importation of hashish to the region from North Africa, synthetic drugs from Europe, Southeast Asia, including new psychoactive substances from the territory of China, cocaine from Latin America, precursors to Afghanistan, and other regions, where drugs are produced.
Representatives of CARICC, along with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and OSCE participated to the operation “Channel-Volga Boundary” as observers.
As a result of coordinated actions by law enforcement agencies of the participating countries, more than four (4) tons of drugs were seized from illicit trafficking, of which over two (2) tons of opium, one (1) ton of hashish, 480 kg of marijuana, 200 kg of heroin, and more than 17 kg of synthetic drugs.
On the 16th of October 2017, Police Major-General, Anatoly Vyborov, Chairperson of the National Coordinators Council of CARICC Member States, presented the new Director of CARICC, Police Colonel Grigory Borisovich PUSTOVITOV, to CARICC staff, liaison officers of the competent authorities of CARICC member states, and the staff of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Programme Office for Almaty.
G.B. Pustovitov is a representative from the Russian Federation appointed on a rotational basis by the heads of CARICC member states upon the recommendation of the National Coordinators Council of CARICC Member States.
During the event, Chairperson of the National Coordinators Council of CARICC member states, Deputy Directors of CARICC, liaison officers, and the UNODC Project Coordinator, Reginald Pitts, welcomed G. Pustovitov, the newly appointed Director, and extended words of gratitude to Major-General B.M. Zhunusov, who was dismissed from the post of Director of CARICC, for the fruitful work on coordinating the efforts of the competent authorities of CARICC member states in tackling drug trafficking.
On the 11th of October 2017, CARICC was visited by the delegation of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office (INL) of the U.S. Embassy, headed by Erin Sawyer (Ms.), Director of INL Office for the Eurasian Region of the U.S. Department of State.
During a meeting with U.S. INL delegation, the main aspects of activities and initiatives of CARICC in the field of countering transnational drug-related crime in the short term were highlighted.
It was noted that CARICC is an important partner of U.S. INL in countering illicit drug trafficking in the Central Asian region.
On the 5th of October 2017, a regular annual operational meeting of senior officials, staff and liaison officers of the Center’s member states with liaison officers of observer states with CARICC was held at the facilities of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC).
This event was attended by liaison officers and representatives of the competent authorities of Afghanistan, Belarus, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United States, Turkey, Finland, and INTERPOL General Secretariat, as well as authorized representatives of the competent authorities of CARICC member states, the leadership and staff of the Center.
During the event, issues of enhancing international cooperation in countering transnational drug-related crime were discussed.
Following the meeting with liaison officers of observer states, an agreement was reached to review international experience in combating money laundering derived from illicit drug trafficking, countering cybercrime, elaborating a centralized approach in planning and organizing training courses and seminars aimed at improving the skills of officers of the competent authorities of CARICC member states.
The Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, in cooperation with the Border Guards of the State National Security Committee of Tajikistan has implemented a two-stage international operation to interdict the drug trafficking channel from Afghanistan and seize a large consignment of narcotic drugs and ammunition.
The Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC) has facilitated and coordinated this operation.
As part of the first stage of operation, on the 5th of September 2017, 10.6 kg of opium and 790 grams of hashish were seized from illicit trafficking at state border of the Republic of Tajikistan with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
During the second stage of the operation, on the 16th of September 2017, 31 kg of opium, 1 AKM rifle-7.62, 5 - shops, 132 cartridges, and 3 GP-25 grenade launchers were seized.
Currently, the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan is implementing operations and investigations and other activities as part of prosecuted criminal cases for the aforementioned cases of drug and weapons smuggling.
Taking into account the achieved results, the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan extended gratitude to CARICC for the assistance and coordination of the international operation, and noted the need to develop fruitful cooperation in countering transnational drug-related crime.
During the period from September 11 to September 15, at the initiative of the State Border Service (SBS) of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Project XAC/K22 – “Countering Afghan Opiates Trafficking through the Northern Route by Strengthening Key Checkpoints and Establishment of Border Liaison Offices”, CARICC staff organized and conducted the next stage of training for border guards in practical application specialized software “i2 iBase” and “i2 Analyst Notebook” in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, at the Center of Excellence facilities of Kyrgyz SBS.
In addition, during the training, CARICC staff shared expertise in the application of geoinformation system “ArcGIS” for information and analytical work on collection, analysis and preparation of tabular data for graphical display in an electronic map.
Upon completion of the theoretical lectures, practical classes were held with the target group, which is a necessary link in this training.
The final stage of this training was an extensive practical training based on information from “i2 iBase” database related to revealed cases of offenses at the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic.
According to the conditions of the practical session, the border guards analyzed data obtained using applications of the specialized software “i2 iBase” and “ArcGIS” and provided possible recommendations on further measures to be undertaken by forces and facilities of the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic at the state border sections.
In general, according to the participants’ assessments, the training fully met the functional duties of attendees, and has proved to be very useful in the daily service and operational activities of the KR State Border Service staff.
Earlier, CARICC staff implemented a series of activities aimed at enhancing capacities of the Border Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
During the period from April 2016 to May 2017, eight (8) such trainings with the participation of 128 servicemen of the Border Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan were conducted.
The Tenth meeting of the Regional Working Group on Precursors (RWGP), organized under the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries, was held on September 11-12, 2017 in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan.
Representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Tajikistan, UNODC, and CARICC participated in this meeting.
The Regional Working Group on Precursors is one of the mechanisms that contribute to the suppression of illicit trade in precursors and facilitates the joint development of legislative measures to counteract this illicit activity.
The main objective of the meeting was to provide information to the participating countries of the working group on seizure cases of chemical precursors designed for the production of narcotic drugs, to discuss issues related to the planning of joint operations at the regional level, and to prepare recommendations following the meeting.