SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee decided to grant the following awards for the first semester of 2012, as anappreciation for the efforts made and the results obtained by the relevant authorities of the Member States:
First Prize- Operation VLASINA
, a drug trafficking case involving Republic of Bulgaria and Republic of Serbia. Thisoperation led to the arrest of 12 persons (including the leaders of an Organized Criminal Group), dismantling of alaboratory of synthetic drug production and seizure of 1.3 tons of precursors, more than 10 liters BMK, 9 kgheroin, 1 kg marijuana, 4 guns, 1 pistol, ammunition and mobile phones.
Second Prize- Operation SPIDER
, also a drug trafficking case involving Romania and Republic of Bulgaria, which had as aresult the arrest of 3 persons and seizure of 40 kg of heroin, 2 vehicles and 4,400 euro.
Third Prize- Operation TORONTO
, a case in the field of falsifying documents used for illegal migration which involvedMontenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Serbia. The operation had defollowing outcomes: criminal reports against 10 persons and apprehension of 5 persons involved in falsifyingdocuments; criminal reports against 7 persons who have used fake passports; seizure of 14 false traveldocuments, guns and computers.
- Operation RUSO
, in field of credit card fraud/ skimming involving Republic of Bulgaria, Former YugoslavRepublic of Macedonia and Republic of Serbia, which conducted to the arrest of 7 persons and seizure ofequipment used for production of forged credit cards, 6 mobile devices, several phone cards, approximately5,000 euro cash and 19 forged cards.
News and Events
Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between SELEC and UNODC
Bucharest, December 4, 2012
- A Memorandum of Understandingwas signed on 4th of December 2012 between Southeast EuropeanLaw Enforcement Center (SELEC), represented by Mr. Cristian Duta,Director for Operations, and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime(UNODC), represented by Mr. Aldo Lale-Demoz, Director, Division forOperations.The purpose of this MOU is to provide a framework of cooperation andunderstanding and to facilitate collaboration between the twoorganizations, as well as to strengthen their ability to carry out theirrespective mission and responsibilities, minimize duplicative efforts andpromote the optimal use of resources for the benefit of their commonMember States in Southeast Europe. Currently, UNODC has the statusof Observer to SELEC.On this occasion, Mr. Lale-Demoz expressed his belief that the MoU will facilitate a better planning and morefuture joint investigations between SELEC and UNDOC. In this context, SELEC Management was invited to pay avisit to UNODC Headquarters in Vienna in the beginning of next year in order to agree together on further practicalsteps.
UNODC Afghan Opiate Project
Bucharest, November 26th, 2012
- The second meeting of the informal workinggroup on heroin and acetic anhydride trafficking to/from Europe, initiated byUNODC Afghan Opiate Trade Monitoring Programme as a platform for informaldiscussions, was organized on 26th of November 2012 at SELEC Headquarters.The main topics of discussions were the latest trends of opiate production inAfghanistan, precursors flows, current changes of heroin trafficking routes inEurope, profiles of the organized criminal groups dominating the drug traffickingin the region etc.The meeting was attended by representatives of different internationalorganizations such as UNODC, International Narcotic Control Board (INCB),EUROPOL, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
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