Dushanbe summed up the results of the sub-regional anti-drug operation "Channel - Granite Bastion"
On June 21-25, this year, the sub-regional anti-drug operation "Channel - Granite Bastion" was conducted in the interests of ensuring collective security and increasing the level of practical cooperation between the CSTO member States of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and other countries on preventing the flow of new psychoactive substances and drugs of the opium and cannabis groups by the competent authorities of CSTO member States.
The International Coordination Staff for the operation was deployed in Dushanbe, the Republic of Tajikistan.
The event was attended by law enforcement agencies, border and customs authorities, security services, and financial intelligence units of CSTO member States.
The operation participants had the opportunity to strengthen direct contacts between the competent authorities of the CSTO member States and the Eurasian States, and to establish cooperation with colleagues from observer States in order to coordinate their work and increase the effectiveness of interaction.
The following organizations participated in the operation as observers: the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, the Committee of the Heads of Law Enforcement Units of the CIS Customs Services, the Bureau for Coordination of the Fight against Organized Crime and Other Dangerous Types of Crime on the Territory of the CIS Member States, the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their precursors.
More than 14300 competent authority employees were involved in the operation “Channel-Granite Bastion”. As a result of coordinated action, according to preliminary data, about 5036.3 kg of drugs were seized from illegal trafficking, including more than 4.8 kg of opium, more than 11 kg of hashish, more than 3.5 kg of heroin, more than 5 tons of marijuana, more than 17 kg of drugs of synthetic origin.
543 drug crimes were detected, as well as 3 cases of legalization of drug proceeds. 379 people were brought to administrative responsibility for illegal operations with drugs. 83 firearms and about 1,276 ammunition were seized.
In the course of the operation, the financial intelligence units of the Eurasian Group member States revealed suspicious financial transactions, presumably connected with the legalization of drug proceeds totaling about 3.43 million rubles.
In addition, the competent authorities of the CSTO member States have conducted international controlled deliveries.
The International Coordination Staff participants visited the Training Center on Combating Terrorism and Narcotics of the National Guard of the Republic of Tajikistan, where they became acquainted with the work of the Dog Service of the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Employees of the special units of the Drug Control Agency of the Republic of Tajikistan and the National Guard of the Republic of Tajikistan demonstrated practical actions to apprehend armed drug traffickers.
The participants also visited the “Nizhniy Pyandzh” border checkpoint, located on the dangerous drug section of the Tajik-Afghan border, where they shared their experiences in detecting drugs. The work of inspection equipment and sniffer dogs was demonstrated.
Joint work to strengthen and expand cooperation in combating drug trafficking will continue.