October 29 marked the opening of a newly refurbished analytical center for Kyrgyz Republic’s Counternarcotics Service (CNS). As part of a larger $200,000 initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State and coordinated by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, the refurbishment project upgraded the physical facility to modern standards and provided a dedicated server, computers, and internal secured network.
The U.S. government-funded project also provided training for analytical officers and the provision of new ArcGIS mapping and i2 intelligence analysis software. The CNS center’s analytical products have already helped seize large shipments of opiates and psychotropic substances smuggled through the Kyrgyz Republic to markets in Kazakhstan, Russia, and the European Union.
Mr. Maksat Mamytkanov, the Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Mr. Ulan Niazbekov, the Minister of Interior of the Kyrgyz Republic, presided over the inauguration of the newly refurbished CNS Analytical Center with other high-ranking law enforcement officials. Those attending the event expressed hopes that improved counternarcotics intelligence analysis would lead to the dismantling of organized crimes groups engaged in drug smuggling.
The United States supports the efforts of CNS to disrupt transnational organized crime and their finances by seizing and destroying their narcotics shipments.