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US beefs up Lao drug control efforts

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Article from Vientiane Times
Author:
Bounfaeng Phaymanivong
Published: 11/10/2010
Newspaper section: International Cooperation

US beefs up lao drug control efforts

The National Committee for Drug Control and Supervision last week received supplies to boost police efforts to control drugs in Laos. The items, worth 500 million kip (US$65,000) were provided by the Laos- America Cooperation Project for Drug Control and Supervision and handed over to the Ministry of Public Security's Drug Control Police Department. The equipment was handed over by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy to Laos, Mr Thomas Daley, and accepted by National Committee for Drug Control and Supervision Office Head, Mr Ounseng Vixay. Witnessing the handover were Drug Control Police Department Head and General Police Department Deputy Head, Colonel Khamphon Sihapanya, and other high-ranking officials from both sides. The items included six computer sets, 24 voice recorders, 42 bulletproof vests, 10 photocopiers, 12 digital cameras, 10 colour printers, a video camera, fax machine, computer desk and two drug test kits. The supplies will be used by the Drug Control Police Department to combat drug trafficking around the country