Torkham Border Liaison Office (BLO) contributes to seizures of  precursor chemicals

Staff at the Torkham Border Liaison Office (BLO) have recently conducted two operations which resulted in seizures of over 400 litres of precursor chemicals.

On 3 November 2014, acting on intelligence developed by CNPA BLO members, ABP and Customs officers attached to the facility launched an interagency operation. This operation resulted in the seizure of six drums containing 174 litres of chemicals with three suspects from Nangarhar being arrested.

On 4 November 2014, similar information was received by ABP personnel at Torkham which was subsequently passed to BLO members. A second interagency operation was launched resulting in the seizure of a consignment of nine barrels containing 261 litres chemicals. One suspect was arrested in connection with the interception.

Both consignments were being smuggled from Pakistan into Afghanistan and were concealed beneath shipments of flour.

The cases are under investigation by the Jalalabad CNPA Directorate and samples were submitted to the CNPA Laboratory in Kabul for forensic analysis. Those tests have confirmed the chemical in both cases to be sulphuric acid, a substance controlled under Article 12 of the 1988 Convention.

UNODC provides support to activities of the Border Liaison Office at Torkham through funding provided by the Government of Canada.

The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Counter Narcotics (MCN), H.E. Mobarez Rashedi, Deputy Minister Ibrahim Azhar (MCN), members of the Parliamentary Committee on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, senior officers from the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and members of the international community.