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An Afghan policeman stands guard as officials in Herat province burn a pile of opium

Multinational partnerships help stem the flow of drugs.

Combating Narcotics

January 2013, Number 04.01

“Months of surveillance paid off in October 2011, when 50 Cape Verdean paramilitary police, in cooperation with Dutch forensics experts, raided a garage in a densely populated neighborhood of the West African island nation’s capital. The drugs they found represented the biggest stash discovered in all of West Africa that year: 1,360 kilograms of Colombian cocaine.

Thousands of kilometers away in the village of Zerasari near the Afghan-Pakistani border, anti-narcotics agents from the United States, Afghanistan and Russia had already made a major discovery of their own. The multinational operation captured several drug laboratories that had been hoarding about a ton of high quality heroin.

What united these two operations, which occurred more than 9,000 kilometers apart, was the ultimate destination of many of these confiscated hard drugs: Europe...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Combating Narcotics,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 4, No. 1, 2013: 50-53.

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