Golden Triangle traffickers targeted
Australia and Thailand have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share information to detect, disrupt, and prevent attempts to breach the border by drug traffickers based in the Golden Triangle region, as well as other breaches of customs and immigration laws.
This partnership joins a number of mutually beneficial relationships being established between Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and other law enforcement, customs and immigration agencies in the region.
The MoU between DIBP and Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) is the first to be signed between the two organisations.
Australian Border Force Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg recently signed the MoU in Canberra with the Secretary General of Thailand’s ONCB, Narong Rattananugul.
Commissioner Quaedvlieg said the MoU provides the framework for the two organisations to work together to combat the trafficking of illicit drugs and precursors in the region.
“We look forward to further developing a mutually beneficial partnership under this MoU,” he said. The ABF will also share expertise in research techniques and drug detection methodologies with the ONCB.
Secretary General Rattananugul highlighted the importance of regional cooperation on this issue, agreeing to alert the Department to emerging drug trends identified within the region.
Commissioner Quaedvlieg said the Department would work with other Commonwealth agencies, particularly the AFP, to provide support to the Safe Mekong Operation, a collaboration between Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and China.
Under the Safe Mekong Operation, member countries have conducted joint operations which to date have resulted in the seizure of illicit drugs and assets to the value of over USD 3.8 million.