Nepal: UNODC empowers Birgunj officials with cutting-edge TruNarc device to combat illicit trafficking

Birgunj, Nepal/19 January 2024: Illicit trafficking, ranging from narcotics to hazardous materials, poses serious threats to global security. Collaborative efforts, bolstered by robust enforcement and international cooperation, are crucial in combating this persistent threat and countering criminal networks.

In this direction, UNODC’s Passenger and Cargo Border Team provided a state-of-the-art, laser-based chemical identification device, TruNarc, to customs and law enforcement officers in Birgunj.

The device was handed over to the chief customs officer in Birgunj Customs Office by Mr. Ulrich Meiser, Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Nepal.

The TruNarc device will enhance the capacity of authorities to counter the ever-evolving challenges posed by illicit trafficking.

The device promises a laser-sharp precision in identifying various substances, enabling officers to swiftly and accurately detect illicit materials at border checkpoints.

UNODC will also train officials on the operation of the newly acquired equipment, with guidance on the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ensuring the safety of officers engaged in the frontline battle against illicit trafficking.

Officers will be equipped not only with the cutting-edge device but also with the knowledge and skills necessary to use it effectively.

The activity contributed to SDG 16 and SDG 17: