Delegates visiting the office

The event was attended by more than 130 delegates from law enforcement agencies of Quang Binh province and localities along the Vietnam-Laos shared borderline, including police, custom, and border guard forces.

The Cha Lo BLO in Quang Binh province is the 21st office of its kind in Vietnam supported by the UNODC.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Director of the Investigation Police Department on Drug-related Crimes Major General Do Duc Binh mentioned the complex situation of drug crime in border areas. Last year, Quang Binh province’s Police Department prosecuted 10 cases with 12 suspects who trafficked drugs from Laos to Quang Binh province, seizing around 70,000 synthetic drug pills and 249 kg of meth.

Joining the online ceremony, Coordinator of the UNODC Border Management Program Valentina Pancieri affirmed that international cooperation in border management is one of the key contents of the ASEAN agenda. She also highlighted the effective operation of the UNODC’s border liaison offices, which have greatly contributed to the fight against cross-border crimes. 

Over the past time, the UNODC has provided support to more than 100 border liaison offices in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, and China. It also held training courses and seminars to raise analytical and investigative capabilities of the personnel of the BLOs.

On the occasion, the UNODC handed over basic and advanced equipment to Cha Lo BLO to assist the office's task performance. 

Translated by Tran Hoai