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Participation in the International Seminar on “Heroin Trafficking” organized by European Police College (CEPOL)

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On May 15-18, 2017, Karen Gharadjyan, head of the Physical Technical Examinations and Chemical Expertises Department of the National Bureau of Expertise of the Republic of Armenia, was sent to the capital of Romania Bucharest to participate in a three-day seminar on heroin trafficking. The seminar was hosted by SELEC and was organized by CEPOL with the participation of law enforcement officers and prosecutors from EU and non-EU states.

An opening speech of the CEPOL Executive Director Ferenc Bánfi was held on May 16th. Then, during the three-day seminar, Steve Bennet and Michael Mullally (Great Britain), Hadi Khan Zadran (Afghanistan), Burn Agrens (Germany), representatives of CEPOL, SELEC and the European Union Police Service (EUROPOL) delivered their speeches.

During the seminar, the participants exchanged views on the issues related to combating the illicit trafficking in heroin, in particular, special attention was paid to improving the effectiveness of police activities, coordinated cooperation between law enforcement agencies and expert structures, and the detection of illicit production and trafficking of heroin through the analysis of cash flows. A number of issues related to the topic of the seminar were also discussed.

The seminar organizers noted that, since the seminars of the European Police College (CEPOL) are permanent, first of all, it is necessary to discuss a number of issues related to future methodological research in the framework of cooperation that will make it possible to get the most profound understanding of the state of illegal drugs trafficking and fight against them not only in the partner countries, but also in the entire region.

In his speech our representative K. Gharadjyan presented in detail a number of well-known cases of drug trafficking (including heroin and methamphetamine) in the region, towards Iran-Armenia-Georgia- the European Union, noting that the law enforcement bodies of Armenia, with the active participation of the National Bureau of Expertises, are carrying out large-scale work in the detection of drugs and the fight against their supply to European countries as a transit route. The speaker also presented the most important activities of the National Bureau of Expertises, noting the accumulated vast scientific potential in the field of expert studies and the willingness to participate in similar European programs in the future.

The report, which lasted more than an hour, was not only listened with great interest by the organizers and participants of the seminar, but the informative usefulness of the report was also noted for drawing up a general picture of the state of fight in the region with illicit trafficking, namely, heroin. At the end of the seminar K. Gharadjyan was solemnly awarded a certificate.

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