Vienna, September 17 (QNA) - Director of the Doha-based GCC Criminal Information Center to Combat Drugs (GCC-CICCD) Brig. Gen. Issa Saeed Zayed Al Kuwari stressed the need to strengthen cooperation and exchange of information with the Universal Postal Union, the World Customs Organization, and anti-narcotics agencies to combat the smuggling of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances through postal parcels.
He revealed the high rates of using shipping methods such as express mail and regular mail in the illegal trade in narcotic substances, with a significant increase in the number of websites that promote narcotic substances, considering the promotion of drugs via the internet and smuggling through postal parcels an ongoing challenge, represented by the exploitation of postal and courier services, and other transport services to distribute narcotic substances that are not known to have legitimate use, including psychotropic substances, and chemicals.
After his participation in the 5th annual international operational expert meeting to address trafficking in dangerous synthetic drugs and related chemicals through postal, express mail, courier and air cargo services, organized by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) at the UN headquarters in Vienna, Brig. Gen. Al Kuwari said that the participation in the conference came after the operational successes achieved since the cooperation agreement between the INCB and the Universal Postal Union (UPU), where the conference was organized in the framework of the Global Rapid Interdiction of Dangerous Substances (GRIDS) Program's OPIOIDS Project,and in the fact that the center has been one of the founders of the project since 2018 in addition to its work in the field of drug control.
He considered the conference an opportunity to strengthen cooperation between the UPU and the INCB on the one hand, and the center on the other, especially that the smuggling of narcotic substances through postal parcels is steadily increasing, stressing the need to develop regional and international cooperation to combat illicit trafficking in narcotic substances of all kinds.
The conference came up with many recommendations, the most prominent of which is the cooperation of anti-drug agencies and regional and international organizations and the exchange of intelligence information in the field of drug control in general and postal parcels in particular, including the exchange of experiences and training, in addition to working on the development of cooperation mechanisms between anti-drug agencies and postal service companies.
The adoption of UN international platforms that track the export and import of chemical substances was also emphasized, in addition to the need for communication between national drug control agencies, regional and international organizations among themselves, and with the INCB's local and regional legislation to know about subsequent changes, threats, notifications and assessments related to narcotic substances in order to increase safe circulation between networks of global focal points. The conference was attended by officers and officials from 30 countries and international organizations, including the UPU, the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security, the GCC-CICCD, Interpol, the Customs Organization of Oceania, the Postal Union of the Americas, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Customs Organization. (QNA)
17 September 2022
GCC-CICCD Director Confirms Importance to Strengthen Cooperation to Combat Mail Smuggling
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