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SELEC organized a workshop exploring the connections between firearms and drug trafficking

During 12-13 June 2018, in the framework of Project SIRAS- Strengthening the fight against firearms trafficking in Southeastern Europe, SELEC organized in Sofia/Republic of Bulgaria, an Interdisciplinary Workshop aiming to explore the connections between firearms and drug trafficking, with the participation of experts from all SELEC Member States and representatives of SELEC’s Operational Partners and Observers, as well as Europol and Interpol.

Opening remarks were addressed by Mr. Romulus N. Ungureanu, Director for Operations of SELEC, Mr. Ivaylo Spiridonov, Director of the Bulgarian Chief Directorate for Combating Organized Crime, National Coordinator and Mr. Julian Mirkov, Deputy Head of the Bulgarian Customs Agency.

Mr. Ungureanu presented Project SIRAS, co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union, informing about the current stage of the implementation of the project.

During the workshop the member countries’ representatives presented significant cases showing links between firearms trafficking and drugs trafficking (national and international joint investigations, challenges and best practices, latest modi operandi regarding transport and concealment of drugs and firearms, linked cases, etc.)

The 2017 Draft Annual Drug Report for Southeast Europe was introduced Mr. Robert Patrancus, SELEC Criminal Analyst.

With this occasion, Mr. Ungureanu handed over to the Bulgarian representatives the Certificates of Honor for the awarded joint investigation Picasso in the field of drug trafficking, developed by the Bulgarian and Turkish authorities in the framework of SELEC.

Regional workshop organized by SELEC regarding the connection between firearms trafficking and cybercrime

During 25-26 April 2018, in the framework of Project SIRAS- Strengthening the Fight against Firearms Trafficking in Southeastern Europe, SELEC organized in Tirana/Republic of Albania the Interdisciplinary regional workshop “Links between firearms trafficking and cybercrime” with the purpose of promoting networking, mutual learning and enhancing cooperation in firearms trafficking cases.

The regional workshop that aimed exploring the connection between firearms trafficking and cybercrime, gathered representatives of all Member States of SELEC, of international organizations and of the private sector. The participants presented significant cases investigated in the last years related to links between firearms trafficking and cybercrime (firearms acquired online – surfaceweb and darkweb; weapons acquired using crypto currency, organized crime groups/individuals using Internet as facilitating factor, organized crime groups/individuals using cybercrime as a crime catalyst, online investigations, undercover online investigations).

Project SIRAS is financed by the European Union under the funding mechanism Home/2015/ISFP/AG/TDFX/400000735-Internal Security Fund, having as partners the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police, SELEC, Albanian State Police, Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgarian General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Italian Ministry of Interior. The total budget of the project is EUR 562,072.00, out of which EUR 505,864.80 financed by the European Union.

More information about Project SIRAS is available in the online version of the Annual Report of SELEC for the year 2017.


Project SIRAS on strengthening the fight against firearms trafficking in Southeastern Europe was submitted by the Romanian Police under funding mechanism: HOME/2015/ISFP/AG/TDFX Transnational Initiatives to Fight Trafficking in Drugs and Firearms.

The lead partner of the project is the Romanian Police, whilst SELEC, Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Bulgaria are co-partners in project SIRAS.

The main objectives of the project are creating a network of experts in the field of combating dark-net trafficking of firearms, drafting a standard in this field that will be translated in all SELEC Member States’languages and establishing a specialized training center.

The project is in implementation stage.