Governor Toryalai Wesa, governor of Kandahar province, drives a tractor through a poppy field in Maiwand district, Afghanistan as part of an event discussing poppy eradication in Kandahar province.

The Central Asian Counternarcotics Initiative

Taking on Trafficking

January 2012, Number 03.01

“On August 9, 2011, police in Tajikistan arrested three men and seized nearly 32 kilograms of heroin. The three men – a Tajik, a Russian and a Kyrgyz – formed a multiethnic gang representative of the regional spread of heroin trafficking. Almost daily, opium and its derivative heroin are smuggled out of Afghanistan into Central Asia en route to Russia and Western Europe, leaving a trail of crime and drug addiction. A month before that big arrest, the United States Department of State put forth a new plan to intensify the fight against drug trafficking in Central Asia. “The new Central Asian Counternarcotics Initiative (CACI) would establish counternarcotics task forces in the five Central Asian countries (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan) that would collaborate with similar units that already exist in Afghanistan and Russia,” according to an article in World Politics Review. The U.S. State Department would pay for training of personnel and purchase much-needed equipment. Successful implementation of CACI would create a law enforcement network that, World Politics Review noted, “would link both the main narcotics source country, Afghanistan, with key transit countries,” allowing authorities to tackle the narcotics trafficking problem from multiple angles...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Taking on Trafficking,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 1, 2012: 40-43.

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