DEA to Play Key Role in New Heroin Interdiction
Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) joined with coalition partners, the State Department, and the Department of Defense (DOD), in announcing its involvement in the U.S. Embassy Kabul Counternarcotics Implementation Plan. This Five Pillar Plan provides DEA opportunities as never before to reduce heroin production in Afghanistan and contribute to the stabilization and rebuilding of this war-torn country. Afghanistan is the world’s leading opium producer.
Under the “Interdiction Pillar,” DEA will assist with the goal of destroying clandestine labs and seizing precursor chemicals, opium, and opiate stockpiles. To achieve that, DEA is expanding its presence in Afghanistan by permanently stationing additional Special Agents and Intelligence Analysts to enhance that country’s counternarcotics capacity.
Further, by early next year, DEA will deploy FAST teams (Foreign Advisory and Support Teams) to Afghanistan to provide guidance and conduct bilateral investigations that will identify, target, and disrupt illicit drug trafficking organizations. These teams are supported and largely funded by DOD and will also help with the destruction of existing opium storage sites, clandestine heroin processing labs, and precursor chemical supplies.
Under the Five Pillar
Plan, DEA will also continue lending its expertise by providing drug
training to our counterparts in the Counternarcotics
Police Afghanistan (CNPA). This effort will build Afghanistan’s
institutions of justice and strengthen internal counternarcotics capabilities.
In September, partnering countries held a strategic planning meeting in Turkey to support bilateral, regional, and multilateral law enforcement initiatives that clearly focus international efforts against the most significant heroin trafficking organizations in the region.
Administrator Karen P. Tandy stated, “The tremendous successes we’re enjoying regionally gives hope that this Five Pillar Plan can likewise be successful in combating the long entrenched opium trade within Afghanistan. DEA is proud to be on the ground in this struggling country to assist the Afghan people in their fight against the opium and heroin warlords. With dedicated CNPA officers and the crucial assistance of DOD, we are setting the stage for a more lawful and stable Afghanistan.”