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SELEC’s Director General visit in Republic of Albania

In the period 7-8 February 2018, Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Director General, met with the Minister of Interior of Albania, Mr. Fatmir Xhafaj, the General Director of the Albanian State Police, Mr. Ardi Veliu and the Director for Investigating Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking, Mr. Sokol Selfollari. During the visit, the Director General of SELEC mentioned about the benefits of the regional cooperation in the framework of SELEC and the support offered to its Member States, including Republic of Albania, in the information exchanges and assistance requests’ process, as well in conducting joint investigations and regional operations, with the common aim of preventing and countering organized crime in Southeast Europe.

The parties agreed to further strengthen the cooperation at operational level in order to combat more efficiently the trans-border organized criminality in the region. Regional cooperation should focus on challenges that can be best tackled through common approach, enhanced cooperation and strengthened partnership.

Mrs. Maleeva expressed appreciation for the active involvement of the Albanian authorities in the work of SELEC, this fact being reflected in the results obtained. On this occasion, in the presence of high level officials from the Albanian Police and the case officers, Mrs. Maleeva handed over the Certificates of Honour for two successful awarded joint investigations conducted within SELEC’s framework in 2017, Operation Koordinimi and Alias, both related to illegal drug trafficking. (read more)


Tons of cannabis seized during joint investigation Sunshine supported by SELEC

Following 8 months of exchanging information between Albanian Police Narcotic Department, Turkish Police Narcotic Department and Hellenic Police Narcotic Department, via SELEC channel, regarding the criminal activities of an organized crime group dealing with drug trafficking, the following seizures were made: on 08.08.2017, 2.1 tons cannabis were seized in Italy, on 21.11.2017, 410 kg cannabis were seized in Turkey and on 26.11.2017, 1.6 tons cannabis were seized in Greece. Also, small quantities of cannabis and cocaine were seized in Republic of Albania and Hellenic Republic.

The organized crime group was trafficking drugs in the Balkan countries and in Europe, the modus operandi for the transport of the cannabis was by using a speed boat from Republic of Albania to Republic of Turkey.

On 29 January 2018, by supporting Albanian Narcotic Department, Turkish Police seized in Izmir/ Republic of Turkey 1.6 tons cannabis (skunk) resulted from the illegal activities performed by the same organized crime group, 4 persons being apprehended.

The joint investigation is still ongoing, further results being expected.


400 migrants apprehended following a joint investigation supported by SELEC

The Bulgarian and Turkish authorities dismantled an organized crime group dealing with smuggling of migrants, 20 traffickers (Bulgarian and Turkish citizens) being arrested following this successful joint investigation. SELEC supported the investigation by organizing an operational meeting and providing the necessary real-time exchange of information.

Thus, on 17 of January 2018 the Turkish Police apprehended 400 migrants while they were attempting crossing the border, by boat, from Republic of Turkey to Republic of Bulgaria.
The case is still ongoing.


Swift recovery of a stolen vehicle evaluated at 400,000 Euro

On December 14th 2017, the Bulgarian and Turkish law enforcement authorities initiated joint investigation codenamed "Panamera" in order to recover a luxurious vehicle evaluated at 400,000 Euro, that was stolen from Republic of Bulgaria and was declared wanted in the Interpol system. The vehicle was located through GPS, the coordinates showing that the vehicle is located in Istanbul/Republic of Turkey, in the harbor area. The Bulgarian Chief Directorate of the National Police and insurance company's representatives were deployed to Istanbul to support the Turkish Police and Turkish Customs in this investigation. The next day, using a special locating device, the vehicle was discovered in a container, prepared for departure, with changed car plate numbers. The whole operation finished in less than 24 hours, as SELEC channel of information exchange was used in real time, constantly, through the Liaison Officers of the countries involved. Currently, the procedures are ongoing.

The Director for Operations of SELEC attended Foro di Roma

On December 13th 2017, Mr. Romulus N. Ungureanu, Director for Operations, attended the Foro di Roma held in Rome/Italy with the participation of representatives from various countries, as well as European Commission, Europol, Frontex, Interpol and SELEC.

Foro di Roma is an important meeting of Balkan Region Police Chiefs having the role to share knowledge and experience, as well as to plan operational strategies to address current criminal threats.

SELEC can contribute to these efforts by sharing the experience in the field and underlining the important steps that were taken in order to efficiently tackle organized criminality, increase and diversify the police actions and the tools available to law enforcement authorities.

“In the general context of globalization, identifying and developing the most adequate ways to tackle this phenomena is a priority for SELEC” stated Mr. Ungureanu on this occasion.

Laboratories for illegal production of precursors and synthetic drugs discovered during a joint investigation supported by SELEC

On 30 November 2017, the competent authorities from The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Republic of Serbia dismantled an international organized crime group involved in the production, trade and transport of synthetic drugs, as well as illegal trafficking in precursors, with final destination Republic and Turkey and probably Middle East. The exchange of information in this case was done through SELEC channel, which also supported several operational meetings between the involved case officers.

During the searches that were carried out in Tetovo/The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Police found a laboratory with sophisticated equipment for illicit production of synthetic drugs, a large quantity of pills and other raw materials, as well as a gun, two pistols and ammunition being seized.The following day, the Police performed two additional searches in the area of Skopje during which other equipment (machines) was found, as well as 64 pills, 98 bags with powder substance, one pistol and ammunition.

Following the forensics examination it was determined that the active component is Amphetamine, the pills being marked as “Kaptagon“.

The total amount of different substances seized is to be determined, until now 204,696 pills and 67 packs with a net weight of 35044 gr. were examined.(read more)

Successful elections for the position of Director General during the 16th SELEC Council meeting

The 16th session of the SELEC Council took place on 12 December 2017, at SELEC Headquarters in Bucharest/Romania, with the participation of official representatives of SELEC Member States, Operational Partners and Observers, such as Austria, Belgium, France, GCC-CIC, Germany, Europol, Italy, Spain, SEEPAG and USA.

Mrs. Snejana Maleeva, Acting Director General/ Director for Legal and Internal Affairs welcomed the participants and presented the latest developments within SELEC.

The main topic of the agenda were the elections for the position of Director General of SELEC for which two countries submitted nominations. The voting process finalized with the election of Mrs. Snejana Maleeva as Director General of SELEC, for a 4 years mandate, in accordance with the provisions of the SELEC Convention.

During the meeting the Operational Activity Report of SELEC for the first semester of 2017, as well as the stage of the projects’ implementation were presented by Mr. Romulus N. Ungureanu, Director for Operations.

As the Chairmanship of the Council for the year 2017 belonged to Montenegro and the Vice-Chairmanship to Republic of Croatia, Mr. Dejan Djurovic, Head of International Police Cooperation within the Ministry of Interior and Mr. Dalibor Juric, Head of Sector for Support of Criminal Police from the Ministry of Interior received certificates of appreciation for their contribution to the development of SELEC.

The next Council session to be held under the Chairmanship of Romania was scheduled for May 2018.

Joint investigation between Albanian and Turkish authorities on drug trafficking

Following three months’ intensive exchange of information between Albanian Narcotic Department and Turkish Narcotic Department via SELEC, on 21st of November 2017 Istanbul Narcotic Department have seized 410 kg of marijuana trafficked from Republic of Albania to Republic of Turkey by an organized criminal group consisting of Albanian and Turkish Citizens.

Operation codenamed “Sunshine” is still ongoing, further results being expected in the near future.