UNODC contributes to enhancing security of Kyrgyzstan

At the beginning of the third millennium, the world community faced with a whole range of new security threats, including terrorism, violent extremismextremism and drug trafficking. These threats are no less relevant for the countries in Central Asia.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Programme office in the Kyrgyz Republic provides active support to the Counter Narcotics Service (CNS) under the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic within the framework of Sub-program 1 "Combating transnational organized crime, illicit drug trafficking and prevention terrorism» of the UNODC Program for Central Asia 2015-2021 with the financial support from the Government of Japan, the United State of America and the Russian Federation.

As a result of the comprehensive support provided by the UNODC Program office in the Kyrgyz Republic, the CNS has successfully conducted a number of special operations aimed at suppressing distribution channels, as well as withdrawing large consignments of drugs from illicit markets.

For instance, from 14 May to 25 July, the Counter Narcotis Service conducted special operations to suppress the activities of persons involved in the illegal cultivation of drugs in specially equipped laboratories, and to eliminate narcotic drugs; special investigative measures were undertaken to identify and suppress the activities of a criminal drug trafficking group.

Three laboratories were identifyed and liquidated in Bishkek city and Chui oblast. In Batken region, a member of a criminal drug traffiking group was detained with 2 kg 40 grams of opium seized. These actions suppressed the activities of a criminal group that established a stable channel for the supply and sale of heavy drugs from Afghanistan to Kyrgyzstan.

“Cultivated hemp” and cannabis seedlings were found and seized in a greenhouse in Chui oblast. More than 160 kilograms of cannabis have been withdrawn from the illegal circulation.

As a result of special investigative actions and search measures, 1 kg 100 grams of cultivated bushes of cannabis plant, 18 kg 400 grams of chemicals used in manufacturing of hash oil, 90 kg 250 grams of cannabis plant, 430 grams of marijuana and devices for the use of a narcotic substance (bulbululator).

In total, 110 kg 450 grams of narcotics substances were seized.

“Enhanced capacity of the Counter Narcotics Service’s staff, use of the Analytical Centre of the CNS, strengthened interntional and interagency cooperation as part of the Sub-programme 1 with the financial support from the Government of Japan and the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) played an important role in successful implementation of above mentioned operations”, said Mr. Mirlan Kanimetov, Deputy Minister of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic. “Counter Narcotic Service of the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic expresses gratitude to the UNODC Program Office in the Kyrgyz Republic for its contribution in countering drug trafficking in the Kyrgyz Republic”.

“Our cooperation with the Counter Narcotics Service of the Ministry of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic is directed toward a number of issues, such as support to legislation, capacity building of service staff and technical assistance in countering drug trafficking. Only through joint, coordinated actions we can achive a decrease in illicit drug trafficking, countering corruption, organized crime and terrorism”, said Mr. Andrey Seleznev, Head of the UNODC Programme office in the Kyrgyz Republic.

In 2019, with UNODC support, the Analytical Center of the CNS was establihsed to provide organizational, analytical, information and methodological assistance to operational units, including in planning general activities in the field of combating drug trafficking, and also in planning and coordinating activities during special operations.

During the project implementation, all personnel of the analytical department of the CNS were trained on the use of conter-narcotics analytical tools and techniques. The center played an important role during the state of emergency declared in the country in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Analytical Center provided substantial support to the Kamendatura of Bishkek city by providing analytical information.

UNODC fully supports the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 16 to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, access to justice for all and create effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.



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