Bucharest, November 23, 2015 – In the period 16 – 20 November 2015, jointly with the Embassy of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Bucharest, SELEC organized the “Practical training course on drug trafficking investigations, controlled delivery operations and money laundering investigations in Southeast Europe” for a group of counter-narcotic officers from Saudi Arabia.
The activity was realized at the request of Saudi Arabia, and was opened with welcome speeches addressed by Mr. Gürbüz Bahadir, Director General of SELEC, Mr. Romulus Nicolae Ungureanu, Director for Operations of SELEC, and Mr. Nathan Jones, DEA Country Attache.
During the five days-training, Mr. Svetlin Danailov, Bulgarian Police Liaison Officer to SELEC and Anti-Drug Trafficking Task Force Manager, Mr. Eliodor Tanislav, Romanian Police Liaison Officer and Mr. Murat Caliskan, Turkish Police Liaison Officer to SELEC, made an extensive presentation about SELEC and its activities in the framework of anti-drug trafficking and money laundering investigations, as well as they provided examples from SELEC’s Annual Drug Seizures Report.
The SELEC Liaison Officers, Mr. Danailov, Mr. Tanislav and Mr. Caliskan, also shared to the participants their expertise regarding special investigative techniques used in this kind of investigations, as well as their experiences in conducting controlled deliveries.
Besides the SELEC Trainers, other lecturers assigned by Republic of Bulgaria, Romania, Republic of Turkey and USA delivered to the participants useful information about the specificities of different kinds of drugs, about how to conduct an international controlled delivery, and about money laundering investigations that is related to the drug trafficking.
The training concluded with open discussions regarding future possibilities of controlled delivery operations and special investigative methods in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia applied for obtaining Operational Partner status with SELEC, currently the Cooperation Agreement being under negotiation.
According to the Decision of the SELEC Council, the Operational Partner status with SELEC is open, upon request, to any State or international organization or body that expresses its readiness to cooperate with SELEC, agrees to provide support to SELEC, and expresses its readiness to conclude a Cooperation Agreement with SELEC.