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Controlled Delivery Manual for South-East European Countries

Controlled Delivery Manual for South-East European Countries

Organized crime is a phenomenon that poses significant and growing threat to the national and economic security of the countries in the South-Eastern Europe. To control organized crime law enforcement authorities need to continuously adapt their responses to the growing complexity of the crime. This is reflected in the implementation of special investigative techniques, such as controlled deliveries.

In 2007 and 2008, the OSCE Strategic Police Matters Unit, in co-operation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized two anti-drug conferences at which experts recommended providing law enforcement agencies with a controlled delivery manual as an aid in combating the trade in illicit drugs and their chemical precursors.
As a result, in March 2008, the OSCE Strategic Police Matters Unit invited SECI Center to join the project of preparing a Controlled Delivery Manual for South-Eastern Europe. Since its launch in 2009, the Controlled Delivery Manual has been a useful tool for the SECI countries used in conducting anti-drug operations.

In 2016, the OSCE together with SELEC agreed that an updated version of the Controlled Delivery Manual would bring additional benefit to the law enforcement agencies responsible of countering drug trafficking. In 2018, the updated version of Controlled Delivery Manual for South-East European Countries was released.

The implementation of these techniques requires very good law enforcement and judicial co- operation, as well as knowledge of the national legislation, practices and contact details of respective authorities of the countries involved. The development of this current version of the Controlled Delivery Manual is a response to this ever-growing need.

The Manual briefly describes the legislation or rules governing controlled deliveries in each of the different countries of the region and explains how to request such a measure. It sketches out details on the role foreign authorities may play in a controlled delivery, the legality of substitution, the duration of such measures and other relevant information. The information is also laid out in tabular format for quick reference.

Most important, the Manual provides details on how to reach authorizing persons across the region. It is extremely difficult to arrange a controlled delivery without prior agreement among the relevant agencies, particularly as circumstances often require its organization at short notice. This guide helps to improve co-operation across states and agencies by providing practitioners with names, contact numbers, fax and e-mail addresses of the authorizing persons in neighboring countries.