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.