Manama, June 27 (BNA): A global operation coordinated by the International Security Coalition (ISA), a working group of 11 Interior Ministries, including Bahrain, revealed the breadth of drug trafficking across national borders and dealt a serious blow to organized crime. By seizing 55 tons of illegal drugs valued at more than 750 million US dollars and arresting 597 suspects worldwide.
The process was coordinated by the ISA General Secretariat based in the United Arab Emirates.
The ISA-led operation, which concluded on the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, saw participation from 22 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and Amirpol, with the common goal of disrupting transnational drug trafficking networks and developing new methods to monitor and control illegal drug flows. Various legitimate traded by air, land and sea routes.
An intense two-month collaboration resulted in a new body of intelligence, allowing ISA member states and its AMERIPOL partners to conduct thorough investigations into transnational illicit drug trafficking flows and networks.
The global operation resulted in the seizure of more than 55 tons of various illegal drugs, valued at more than US$750 million and the arrest of 597 suspects worldwide.
The process saw the participation of all ISA member countries – Bahrain, France, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Senegal, Slovakia, Spain and the United Arab Emirates – and Ameripol – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. , Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Peru.
Speaking about the operation, Lieutenant General His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Chairman of the National Council for Drug Control, said that continuous efforts are being made to confront the scourge of drugs, according to strategies and plans. Plans to protect society and enhance its security and stability, pointing to the importance of international cooperation to strengthen means of protection and combat drugs and their promoters.
He added that the evolving nature of criminal organizations today requires a sophisticated and coordinated response from law enforcement authorities, and this was demonstrated by the operation led by the international security coalition.
According to Major General Sheikh Saif, combating cross-border crimes requires coordinated international action and joint coordination in order to enhance the security of societies and towards a more secure world, and today we are sending a clear message to international criminal groups that successful cooperation between international law enforcement agencies is something that can be achieved. He affirmed the UAE’s commitment and determination to support its partners in all countries of the world through cooperation and coordination between international law enforcement experts.
Major General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, Bahraini Minister of Interior, praised the wonderful security operation, which included the exchange of information in a professional manner. He pointed out that the process reflects the capabilities of the international security alliance and the importance of security cooperation and coordination.
Major General Sheikh Rashid affirmed that the Public Security Service and the Amirpol process confirm the importance of the alliance and the exchange of information and advanced expertise between member states as the final way to confront various security threats and to enhance joint efforts to enhance regional stability and protect international security. And peace.
He thanked the Minister of the Interior. Staff Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif for his wonderful and comprehensive security initiative and the support provided to the General Secretariat of the General Security Apparatus in Abu Dhabi.
He said that Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif’s support represents a security vision and a full understanding of security incidents and developments and their regional and international repercussions.
Matteo Biantidossi, the Italian Minister of the Interior, endorsed the joint operation as an opportunity to investigate the phenomena of the criminal activities involved from a broader point of view.
“A significant increase has been recorded in the number of crimes of this type, with a relative increase in operational activities throughout the Italian territory. And the possibility of our national security system sharing opinions, at such a delicate moment, with countries cooperating in the field of combating drug trafficking has not reached After reaching the desired levels of cooperation and mutual growth, enabling us to lay the foundations for renewed international cooperation and increasing access to environments that have not been fully explored at the technical and operational levels, said the Italian Minister of the Interior.
Dr. Andre Augusto Passos Rodriguez, Executive Secretary of Ameripol and Director General of the Brazilian Federal Police, praised the efficiency of the cooperation between Ameripol and the International Security Alliance.
Today, on the International Day against Drug Trafficking, Amiripol and the International Security Alliance have taken an important step in the fight against transnational organized crime.
Through an unprecedented alliance between police forces in twelve Latin American countries and the countries of the International Security Coalition, we launched simultaneous measures that included seizing more than $750 million in seized drugs, and arresting 597 suspects around the world, related to the origin of drugs in Latin America and countries. Transit and destination (in Africa, Europe and the Middle East).
The success of this global operation shows that international cooperation is the best weapon at the disposal of states and police forces in the fight against transnational organized crime.
The Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic also appreciated the activities of the Internal Security Act in the field of combating international organized crime and drug trafficking. According to the Slovak authorities, the operation clearly demonstrated that the fight against these types of crimes requires international cooperation.
The operation was coordinated by the Secretariat of the International Security Coalition, which is hosted by the United Arab Emirates. The ISA was created in February 2017, by France and the United Arab Emirates, with the ultimate goal of protecting the integrity of global communities and the prosperity of partner nations by combating organized and transnational crime.
As of today, the coalition includes representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Justice and Home Affairs of Bahrain, France, Israel, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.
The main mission of the ISA is to enhance internal security cooperation among member ministers, particularly with regard to the following strategic priorities: preventing and combating transnational organized crime, preventing and combating forms of extremism, and any crimes that affect the security of international communities. .
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