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Working Visit

Bucharest, October 23, 2014 - The US State Department Deputy Director for the Office of Central Europe, Mr. Martin McDowell, paid today a visit to SELEC premises, being welcomed by SELEC Management.

During the meeting, there were discussed general issues concerning regional cooperation, SELEC’s achievements in the region, continuance of US interest in SELEC functionality in the future and SELEC’s cooperation with EU agencies.

GUAM Delegation visited SELEC

Bucharest, October 20-21, 2014 - The GUAM delegation consisting of 10 representatives from GUAM Secretariat, Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Republic of Moldova paid a two-day study visit to SELEC Headquarters.

GUAM - Organization for Democracy and Economic Development is an international regional organization which promotes inter alia law enforcement cooperation between GUAM member states within strategic goal to create a common space of integration and safety, strengthening international and regional security and stability.

During the visit there were raised general issues concerning the police and customs cooperation in the region, including discussions on future enhancement of the cooperation and several aspects of countries’ joining SELEC as a member or operational partner. Working and communication systems of SELEC were also presented.

Working Visit

Bucharest, October 17, 2014 - The Dutch Customs Attaché in Turkey, Mr. Willem van Doornmalen, whose office responsibility had been extended to cooperation with SELEC, paid a courtesy visit to SELEC premises, being welcomed by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC, and Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations.

Mr. Doormalen was briefed about the Center’s work and his future involvement in SELEC’s Task Force activities.

Press Releases

Inter-Agency Meeting “Networking the Networks”

Doha/ Qatar, October 14 - 15, 2014 - A meeting having the topic “Networking the Networks – an inter-regional drug control approach to stem drug trafficking” was organized by UNODC on 14th - 15th of October 2014 in Doha, with the participation of representatives from international and regional law enforcement organizations.

The two-day meeting was hosted by GCC Criminal Information Centre to Combat Drugs and had an operational focus, bringing together investigators involved in current cases with a trans-regional dimension in order to explore the opportunities for further collaboration.

SELEC was represented by Mr. Cristian Duta, Director for Operations, who delivered a presentation regarding the Center’s main goals, successful cases and achievements.


Bucharest, October 9, 2014 - SELEC granted awards to the law enforcement authorities from the Member States, as an appreciation for the successful cases using Center’s cooperation channels. SELEC Bi-annual Awards Committee decided to grant the following awards for the first semester of 2014:

First Prize

- Operation ANIMA, a case in the field of  migrants smuggling, involving the competent authorities from Hungary and Republic of Serbia, which led to the arrest of 14 persons in both countries (suspected of smuggling more than 50 migrants) and seizure of mobile phones, SIM cards, notes, approximately 3,000 EUR, firearms, ammunition and 3,011 boxes of cigarettes.

- Operation AVANTI, a case carried out by Hungary and Republic of Serbia in the field of migrants smuggling, which succeeded with the arrest of 15 person and apprehension of 33 illegal migrants.

Second Prize

- Operation BOSFOR, a drug trafficking case among Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Bulgaria, Montenegro and Republic of Serbia which conducted to the arrest of 20 persons and seizure of 7.325 kg of heroin.

- Operation WALKER II, a drug trafficking case involving the law enforcement authorities from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Croatia and Montenegro. The joint investigation resulted in the arrest of 33 persons and seizure of 130.5 kg of marijuana skunk.

Third Prize

- Operation THE ADVISER, in the field of migrants smuggling, between Hungary and Romania, with the following results: arrest of 7 persons, seizure of 200 fake passports, stamps, employment forms, dismantling counterfeiting lab in Romania, seizure of 18,000 EUR in cash and 83,432 EUR to be recovered from one of the perpetrators.

- Operation LADUT, adrug trafficking case developed by Republic of Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which succeeded with the arrest of 12 persons and seizure of 1.5 kg of heroin and 22.7 kg of marijuana.

Workshop on Tackling Drug Trafficking

Sarajevo/ Bosnia and Herzegovina, 23-25 September 2014 - A Workshop on Tackling Drug Trafficking was organized by SELEC with the financial support of US/EUCOM in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 23rd - 25th of September 2014.

The purpose of the training was to highlight best practices in building large investigations and following the proceeds to increase the rates of a successful criminal forfeiture, as well as to strengthen and improve information sharing, joint investigations, regional operations, trans-border controlled deliveries and interdiction of illicit drug trafficking throughout Southeast Europe.

The training provided a platform for discussions and sharing of specific procedures to better understand all aspects involved in this types of investigations from both perspectives (law enforcement and prosecution).

During the event, 65 experts from SELEC Member States - law enforcement representatives and prosecutors, and US representatives  - DOJ OPDAT, DEA, EUCOM, Marshall Service and US Attorney, came together to discuss advanced forfeiture investigations and money laundering activities related to drug trafficking cases as well as practical issues and aspects of cross-border illicit drug trafficking.

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