Russia Keeps Afghan Drugs Off
Europe: UN Anti-Drug Boss
Novosti) — Russia is efficiently working to curb Europe-bound
Afghan drug traffic, said Antonio Maria Costa, United Nations Deputy Secretary
General, and Executive Director of the UNODCCP, or UN Office for Drug Control
and Crime Prevention. He made the statement while in conference with Victor
Cherkesov, Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service chief.
the world may be doing against it, the steadily mounting Afghan
drug traffic remains one of the worst global threats," points
out the Drug Service public relations center.
The UN functionary
enthusiastically approved Federal Drug Service efforts against
drug trafficking and addiction.
hard blows on trafficking and the entire drug arrangements is
our duty," replied Mr. Cherkesov.
just drafted its federal comprehensive program to combat drug
abuse and trafficking for 2005-09. It aims to reduce drug and
mood-changer abuse by 16 to 20 per cent of the 2003 level, by
the year 2010, Mr. Cherkesov said during the conference.
are forecasting, program implementation will save 600 to 800
thousand people from the drug danger, added our informants at
the Federal Drug Service.
enforcement agencies confiscated close on 130 tons of drugs,
mood-changers and other strong preparations last year, announced
officers alone confiscated slightly more than 102 tons out of
the whole amount, including four tons of heroin-2.5-fold more
than in 2003, say service PR.
drug-related crimes were successfully detected last year. 75
per cent of those crimes are qualified as grave or exceptionally