Between September 10 and September 15, the International Counter-Narcotics Operation "Channel-Red Barkhan" was held with participation of counter-narcotics agencies of Member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), as well as the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People's Republic of China.
International Coordination Headquarters, located in Shymkent carried out interaction and coordination of law enforcement bodies of the participating countries.
Representatives of CARICC, headed by Director G.Pustovitov, took part as observers together with such international organizations as the European Union, the OSCE, the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, the UNODC Regional Office and others.
The main objectives of the operation "Channel - Red Barkhan" were interdiction of networks of opiate smuggling, suppression of activities of transnational drug smuggling groups, fight against legalization of drug incomes, seizure of arms, ammunition and explosives from illegal circulation.
Also, the aim of the operation was to eradicate illegal cultivation of cannabis in the Kyzylorda region and harvesting of wild cannabis in the Zhambyl region.
As a result of the operation, over 9 tons of various drugs, including 5 tons of opiates, 38 kilograms of heroin, 2 tons of synthetic drugs, 800 kilograms of hashish, and more than 830 kilograms of marijuana were seized from illegal trafficking in territory of the states participating in it.
During the operation 719 drug crimes were detected, about 7,000 criminal cases were instituted.
A training course on organizational matters of the regional operation "Reflex-2018" was held within the premises of CARICC in the period from September 6 to September 7, 2018.
The event was organized by CARICC under the Regional Programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries.
Attending were representatives of competent agencies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as plenipotentiary representatives of CARICC member states.
The course provided a platform for participants to review and discuss materials about the form of reporting on operation results, communication channels and information systems of CARICC, current challenges at identifying new psychoactive substances and their analogues, as well as practical lessons on the use of the "AIPSIN" software.
On August 10, 2018 CARICC hosted a meeting of the Working Group on the organization of anti-drug operations and other activities within the competence of the Coordination Council of Heads of Competent Bodies on Combating Illicit Drug Trafficking (CCBCD) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states.
Representatives of the CSTO Secretariat, competent bodies of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, as well as the CARICC leadership took part in the event.
During the meeting, participants discussed issues related to preparations for the Regional Anti-Drug Operation “Channel” under the code name “Channel-Red Barkhan”, expansion and strengthening of interaction with regional international organizations such as the Bureau for the Coordination of the Fight against Organized Crime (BKBOP) CIS, Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) of SCO, CARICC and others.
The parties considered the possibility of the participation of the heads of the competent bodies of Afghanistan and Iran at the next meeting of the CCBCD, also they reviewed the results of the meeting of the chief narcologists of the CSTO member states held in June 2018 in Almaty.
In the period from July 30 to August 10, 2018 in the city of Samarkand (Republic of Uzbekistan), the Regional Office in Central Asia of the UNODC organized two training courses for officers of the competent authorities of the Republic of Uzbekistan in order to combat transnational crime, included in the Interagency Mobile Groups and Operations Coordination Team on the organization of profiling, search and inspection.
At these courses, among the other invited international experts, an analyst of CARICC took part as a trainer.
In the process of training, participants were informed about the basic principles of the work of mobile groups and vehicle screening, as well as on the concepts of risk management, methods of profiling, tactical methods in conducting a passenger survey, and methods for detecting potential criminals in passenger traffic. Particular attention was paid to understanding the psychological characteristics of the personality of a criminal, terrorist, drug trafficker and prediction in the behavior of the suspect.
This year, CARICC staff acted as trainers in four courses on profiling, in which more than 70 employees of the competent authorities of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have been trained.
CARICC during the period from July 30 to August 1, 2018, hosted two expert working group meetings of the member states of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors on improving the normative legal basis of CARICC.
The meetings were attended by representatives of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan and CARICC.
During the meetings, experts of the CARICC member states discussed proposals and comments on the draft Agreement between the CARICC member states on the exchange and protection of secret information.
As a result of the discussion, the meeting participants finalized the draft Agreement, discussed proposals and comments on the Draft Rules for the Budget of the Center, and also recommended CARICC to submit the issue of the results of the work of the experts working group to the next meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of CARICC member states.
Director of CARICC Police Colonel Pustovitov G.B. took part in the regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of Internal Affairs of the member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (hereinafter referred to as the CMIA) on July 20, 2018 in Baku.
The meeting was attended by the delegation of the Ministries of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Office for the Coordination of the Fight Against Organized Crime and Other Dangerous Types of Crimes on the Territory of the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as representatives of the Council of Ministers of Internal Affairs of the Commonwealth of Independent States at the CIS Executive Committee and International Criminal Police Organization – INTERPOL.
In the margins of the meeting of the CMIA, the Director of CARICC held working meetings with all the heads of delegations of the above-mentioned states to discuss the issues of interaction. The Director of CARICC presented information on the work of the Center, plans to join to the Agreement on the establishment of CARICC by other countries, as well as to resolve issues on improving the Center's regulatory base and information exchange.
On July 25-26, 2018, a Regional Expert Meeting was held at CARICC in the framework of the component "Law enforcement systems for criminal intelligence collection, analysis and exchange" of the Sub-programme 1 of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia, a partnership framework for impact related action in Central Asia 2015-2019, Sub-programme 1.
The purpose of the meeting was to help to strengthen the cooperation/capacity of analytical units in uncovering crimes related to drug trafficking; assistance in strengthening the interaction of law enforcement officers, as well as using the capabilities of law enforcement training centers for courses in operational and strategic analysis.
The event was drew up together the representatives of the competent national coordinating bodies and educational institutions of law enforcement in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan with the participation of UNODC and CARICC.
Following the results of the meeting, the participants presented their recommendations on improving interaction in the field of information and analytical activities, as well as proposals for the further implementation of the above-mentioned UNODC project.
On July 25, 2018, at the initiative of the Kazakh side, a working meeting of the NSC of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the participation of the regional office of the Drug Enforcement Administration under the US Department of Justice in Kazakhstan was held in CARICC.
During the meeting, participants discussed current issues in the sphere of assistance from CARICC for coordination of international anti-drug operations, as well as information and analytical activities of the Centre.
Representatives of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan made a number of proposals in the field of combating the international drug-related business.
Following the results of this meeting, the parties reached an agreement on developing cooperation in accordance with the mandate of CARICC.
Between 16 and 19 July 2018 in Astana, CARICC staff held a regional seminar for analysts of competent authorities at the Academy of law enforcement agencies under the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The seminar was organized as part of the Sub-Programme 1 "Law enforcement systems for the collection, analysis and exchange of operational information in the field of combating drugs" of the UNODC Program for Central Asian Countries 2015-2019 and aims to improve the use of analytical tools to strengthen strategic interaction between analytical and operational units of law enforcement agencies.
The seminar drew together employees of the competent authorities of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, who in their presentations shared the practice of using specialized software, achievements and problems. Specialists of the Information and Analytical Unit of CARICC at this seminar spoke as specialists in the application of IBM software "i2" for information processing and analysis.
The seminar was organized and conducted with the support of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the US Embassy in the Republic of Kazakhstan