Operational Intelligence Meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan

1-2 July 2013 - An operational intelligence meeting was held at the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center (CARICC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 1-2 July 2013. This meeting was convened to study and closely examine the two main cases of acetic anhydride (the essential precursor chemical required in the illicit manufacture of heroin) intercepted in Afghanistan in January 2013.

At this meeting, representatives of Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Iran, People's Republic of China and United Arab Emirates (UAE) shared their information and documentations pertinent to the smuggled shipments and identified mechanisms to handle the backtracking investigation of these seizures. In addition, CARICC suggested constructive measures and recommendations to develop the case at the regional level.

The Afghan delegation was consisted of four officers from the Precursor Control Unit (PCU), Tactical Operation Center (TOC), the Intelligence and Investigation Unit (IIU) and the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) of the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan (CNPA).

This meeting was jointly organized by UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries and project AFG/I85 "Regional Cooperation in Precursor Control between Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries" and was funded by the European Union through the UNDP Border Management Northern Afghanistan project.