Azerbaijan joins new program to prevent drug trafficking across Caspian Sea
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 23 /Trend, K.Zarbaliyeva/
Azerbaijan has joined the Container program to prevent the transportation of drugs across the Caspian Sea.
Now the drug mafia carries out drug shipment by sea, the head of the Office of National Propaganda against Drugs Mazahir Efendiyev told Trend.
The World Customs Organization and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have developed a joint Container program to prevent the transportation of drugs by sea.
"Once the program started to work, two tons of cocaine, which were delivered by ship from Africa to Spain, were seized," said Efendiyev.
According to Efendiyev, about 420,000 ships make voyages in the international waters per year, and the program plays an important role in the prevention of drug trafficking by sea.
Many countries have joined the Container program, and Azerbaijan joined the program this year, said Efendiyev. Through the program, successful results will be achieved in the prevention of drug trafficking in the Caspian Sea.
Efendiyev also spoke about the routes that bring the greatest profit from drug trafficking. He said the first route is the Balkan route (Afghanistan - Iran - Turkey - Greece - Bulgaria), bringing profit of $20 billion per year.
The second route is the Central Asian (Afghanistan - Turkmenistan - Kazakhstan - Russia - Uzbekistan - Tajikistan), from which the drug mafia gets $13 billion per year.
The third big route is Afghanistan - Iran - South Caucasus, with an annual profit of four to five billion dollars.
According Efendiyev, this route includes the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and uncontrolled territory of Georgia.