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Room for the drugs?2010-02-27 17:01
The day after tomorrow, Russia and Georgia are going to open a checkpoint at the joint border in North Ossetia. That is a rather surprising event considering the tension in the relationship between Tbilisi and Moscow. The more so, as Georgia is regularly accused of supporting the terrorism; now this country is already blamed for arranging drugs trafficking from Afghanistan to the North Caucasus.
The Georgian officials have not yet responded to the drugs traffic data, which has been recently revealed in the town of Essentuki of Stavropolskiy region by Director of Federal Drugs Trafficking Control Service (FDTC) Victor Ivanov.
According to him, the amount of the heroine confiscated from the North Caucasus republics in 2009 increased eight times in comparison to the previous year, making up 211 kilograms. "This figure clearly speaks of the increased Afghan heroine pressure upon the region via Georgia", - Ivanov said.
He added that Georgia has become "an important transfer point on the drugs' way to Europe, to Russia as well". Ivanov presented the figures showing that about seven tons of Afghan heroine are annually carried through Georgia.
This data provided by UN last year became the point of discussion in Georgia. As was reported by GeorgiaTimes, leader of the Green Party of Georgia Georgi Gachechiladze accused the country's authorities of contributing to the drugs traffic. "Georgia is the world's leader in terms of the black market prices, which fact directly speaks for the monopolization of this criminal business", - Georgi Gachechiladze believes. It is only through the assistance of the government that a situation like this is possible in such a small state, he sums up.
The law enforcement agencies pretend to be trying to control the drugs transit. Last year, a large drugs consignment of 320 kilograms was detained at the border with Azerbaijan. In fact, that is a drop in the ocean compared to the number of tons that cross the Georgian border.
Victor Ivanov named the ports of Batumi and Poti and the town of Kobuleti to be the key locations of the Afghan heroine traffic.
Another channel runs through Afghanistan and Iran to Dagestan. According to the official, in 2009, the operation of an international criminal community specializing in bulk supply of the Afghan heroine and hashish was suppressed in Stavropolskiy region. The bandits spent the money they got on automatic weapon and ammunition... from Georgia.