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Cablegate: Meeting Between the Russian Federal Drug Control Service

Published: Thu 18 Feb 2010 12:34 PM
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SUBJECT: Meeting Between the Russian Federal Drug Control Service
(FSKN) and the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police To Discuss Counter
Narcotics Issues Related to Russia-Afghanistan; GFXI-10-0003/FSKN
CCX: GFXI-10-9123/Afghanistan
REF A: DEA Moscow CO TWX #00165 dated January 25, 2010
1.(SBU) Summary: On February 11, 2010, the DEA Moscow CO and Kabul
CO organized a meeting between the Russian Federal Drug Control
Service (FSKN) and the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police to discuss
counter narcotics issues related to Russia-Afghanistan. The
following topics were discussed: exchanging drug intelligence more
frequently between the FSKN and Afghan Counter Narcotics Police,
identifying the top 10 Afghan traffickers who are responsible for
sending opiate shipments to Russia via the Northern Route, the
possibilities of conducting International Controlled Deliveries
(ICDs) from Afghanistan to Russia, the possibilities of posting
additional FSKN liaison officers in the northern provinces of
Afghanistan, and organizing case coordination meetings between
Russia, Afghanistan, DEA, and Central Asian countries to target
Northern Route Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) more
effectively. End Summary.
2.(SBU) Following the DEA Mid East Region's mini IDEC conference,
which was held in Bucharest, Romania the DEA Moscow CO and Kabul CO
organized a meeting on February 11, 2010, between the FSKN and the
Afghan Counter Narcotics Police to discuss counter narcotics issues
related to Russia-Afghanistan. The following individuals
participated in the meeting: FSKN General Alexander Kirushev, First
Deputy Head of Operations, FSKN Colonel Alexey Milovanov [FSKN
liaison officer posted to Kabul, Afghanistan], FSKN Major Inga
Mayke, Deputy Head of Enforcement, and Afghan Colonel Asadullah
Babakarkhel, Commander of the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police. Also
in attendance from the DEA were ARD John Dudley, Moscow CO CA
Michael Nowacoski, and Kabul CO Acting GS Kelly Dillinger.
3.(SBU) General Kirushev began the discussions by explaining that
Russia's main drug threat stems from Afghanistan and that
approximately 90% of all the drug addicts in Russia are abusing
Afghan opiates. General Kirushev described the Afghan drug threat as
not only a threat for both Russia and Afghanistan but also a threat
for numerous other countries, including the United States.
4.(SBU) General Kirushev stated that approximately one year ago, the
Russian and Afghan governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU) to exchange drug intelligence and to conduct joint narcotics
operations between their countries. As a result of this, the FSKN
posted Colonel Milovanov as FSKN's liaison officer in Afghanistan.
5.(SBU) It is understood that since a majority of all the Afghan
opiate shipments that are sent from Afghanistan to Russia transit
through Central Asia (commonly referred to as the Northern Route),
direct cooperation between the FSKN and Afghan Counter Narcotics
Police may be difficult. Both the FSKN and the Afghan Counter
Narcotics Police would like to utilize the DEA as a "common friend"
to increase cooperation between each other in conducting joint
investigations.
6.(SBU) Colonel Babakarkhel stated that approximately 60% of all
Afghan opiates are transported to Russia via the Northern Route, and
that this amount will probably increase due to the construction of a
new highway leading into Tajikistan from Northern Afghanistan.
7.(SBU) General Kirushev and Colonel Babakarkhel both agreed that a
way to increase cooperation between each country was to exchange
drug intelligence more frequently between each agency.
8.(SBU) As a first step, General Kirushev provided Colonel
Babakarkhel with two referral letters that identified individuals
who may be involved in narcotics trafficking. In the first referral
letter, the FSKN alleged that the following individuals may be
involved in orchestrating the production and smuggling of Afghan
opiates to Russia via Central Asian countries located along the
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Northern Route:
Najib LNU; identified as an organizer of drug smuggling routes out
of Tajikistan. Utilizes the following Tajik telephone numbers:
992-919-966622 and 992-919-940008.
Taj Mohammad; identified as a drug recipient based in Tajikistan.
Utilizes Tajik telephone number 992-919-966833.
Nematullah LNU; identified as a drug recipient based in Tajikistan.
Utilizes Tajik telephone number 992-919-235219.
Abdul WOZUZ; identified as an organizer of drug shipments from
Afghanistan to Tajikistan. Utilizes Tajik telephone number
992-919-326298.
Jamal LNU; identified as an organizer of drug smuggling routes out
of Tajikistan. Utilizes Tajik telephone number 992-919-335674.
Aminullah LNU; identified as a drug distributor based in Tajikistan.
Utilizes Tajik telephone number 992-919-225788.
Abdulkhak LNU; identified as an organizer of drug shipments from
Afghanistan to Tajikistan. Utilizes Tajik telephone number
992-919-64569.
Abdulmatin LNU; identified as a drug distributor based in
Tajikistan. Utilizes Tajik telephone number 992-919-60773.
Kurbon LNU; identified as an organizer of drug shipments from
Afghanistan to Tajikistan. Utilizes Tajik telephone number
992-919-60712.
Shavgiz LNU; identified as an organizer of smuggling routes out of
Tajikistan. Utilizes Tajik telephone number 992-919-40088.
Mirzamin LNU; identified as a drug distributor based in Tajikistan.
Utilizes Tajik telephone number 992-919-40889.
Wahed LNU; identified as an organizer of drug shipments to
Kazakhstan. Utilizes Tajik telephone number 992-919-40765.
Hamed LNU; identified as an organizer of drug shipments from
Afghanistan to Tajikistan. Utilizes Tajik telephone number
992-919-40765.
Navid LNU; identified as an organizer of drug shipments from
Afghanistan to Tajikistan. Utilizes Tajik telephone number
992-919-51123.
Khan Zaman; identified as an organizer of drug shipments to
Kazakhstan. Utilizes Tajik telephone number 992-919-50101.
Agent's Note: The Moscow CO has submitted the above mentioned Tajik
telephone numbers to SOD for further analysis via the DARTS system.
The Moscow CO will verify with the FSKN if this information has
already been shared with the Tajik Drug Control Agency (DCA). If
not, the Moscow CO will request the Dushanbe CO to pass this
information to the Tajik DCA for further investigation.
9.(SBU) The second referral letter from the FSKN alleged that the
following individuals are also involved in orchestrating the
production and smuggling of Afghan opiates to Russia via Central
Asian countries located along the Northern Route:
Madad DJAN; identified as a drug lab owner in Nangarhar Province.
Utilizes Afghan telephone number 93-799002726.
Nur RAHMAN; identified as the owner of multiple drug labs in
Nangarhar Province. Utilizes Afghan telephone number 93-775329432.
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Gol BASHAR; identified as a drug distributor in Kabul. Utilizes
Afghan telephone number 93-706099066.
Abdul VALI; identified as the owner of multiple drug labs in Takhar
Province. Utilizes Afghan telephone number 93-79692478.
Haji RAHMAN; identified as a manager of a drug distribution network
in Helmand Province. Utilizes Afghan telephone number 93-796104853.
Haji HAKIM; identified as a transporter of narcotics to Tajikistan.
Utilizes Afghan telephone number 93-795796028.
Abdul DJABBAR; reportedly distributes drugs from Afghanistan to
Tajikistan. Utilizes Afghan telephone number 93-79377492.
Ali KHAIDAR; identified as a heroin distributor in Kabul. Utilizes
Afghan telephone number 93-707412360.
"Maftun" LNU; identified as the owner of several drug labs in Kabul.
Utilizes Afghan telephone number 93-798212789.
Haji RAKHIMULLA; identified as the owner of several large drug labs
in Helmand Province. Utilizes Afghan telephone number 93-799379939.
Haji HIKMATULLA; identified as a drug distributor based in Takhar
Province. Utilizes Afghan telephone number 93-799204751.
Agent's Note: On January 15, 2010, the FSKN provided the above
mentioned information to the Moscow CO. For further details
reference is made to REF A. The Moscow CO previously passed the
above mentioned information to the Kabul CO for further
investigation and submitted the above Afghan telephone numbers to
SOD for further analysis. These names and telephone numbers have
already been indexed.
10.(SBU) General Kirushev and Colonel Babakarkhel discussed the
possibilities of the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police providing the
identity of the top ten Afghan traffickers who are responsible for
organizing shipments of Afghan opiates to Russia via the Northern
Route in order that these individuals/DTOs could be more effectively
targeted by Russian, Afghan, DEA, and Central Asian counterparts.
The FSKN also requested the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police to share
Central Asian telephone numbers, particularly Tajik telephone
numbers that are identified in on-going investigations. The FSKN
would then run these Central Asian telephone numbers in their own
databases in an attempt to identify any contacts/connections to
Russia.
11.(SBU) The FSKN inquired about the possibility of conducting
International Controlled Deliveries (ICDs) from Afghanistan to
Russia. It was learned that Afghan laws would permit ICDs to Russia.
One possible way to generate direct ICDs to Russia would be focusing
on the direct flights that operate between Kabul and Moscow. It was
explained that the Kabul CO is attempting to initiate a new Afghan
Airport Task Force Group with the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police,
which could then be utilized in targeting the direct Kabul-Moscow
flights for opiate shipments bound for Russia.
12.(SBU) In an effort to target Northern Route DTOs, Colonel
Babakarkhel asked about the possibilities of the FSKN posting
additional FSKN liaison officers in the northern provinces of
Afghanistan. General Kirushev stated that he would pass this request
to FSKN Director Viktor Ivanov.
13.(SBU) General Kirushev and Colonel Babakarkhel both agreed that
case coordination meetings between Russia, Afghanistan, DEA, and
Central Asian countries should be held more frequently and that the
first meeting should occur after the IDEC Conference, scheduled for
late April 2010 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. General Kirushev offered
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to research the date and venue for this first meeting.
14.(SBU) Acting GS Dillinger briefed the FSKN on DEA's and the
Afghan Counter Narcotics Police's operations and capabilities. It
was explained that the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police consists of
the Sensitive Investigation Unit (SIU) and the National Interdiction
Unit (NIU).
15.(SBU) The SIU consists of approximately 50 Afghan officers, which
should be increased to approximately 100 Afghan officers by the end
of 2010. Approximately 15 DEA agents support the SIU. The NIU
consists of approximately 250 Afghan officers, which should be
increased to 500 Afghan officers by the end of 2010.
16.(SBU) It was further explained that the DEA has approximately 5
agents posted in the Northern Afghan provinces, 6 agents posted in
the Southern Afghan Provinces, 7 agents posted in the Eastern Afghan
provinces, and 7 agents posted in the Western Afghan provinces.
17.(SBU) Acting GS Dillinger also provided a briefing on the Afghan
Finance Threat Center (AFTC), the Foreign-deployed Advisory Support
Teams (FAST), the Afghan telephonic intercept program, and the Major
Crime Task Force.
18. (SBU) ACTION REQUEST FOR THE KABUL CO:
Please request the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police to conduct
background/criminal checks on the individuals that are identified in
paragraph #8 in an attempt to verify if these individuals are
involved in narcotics trafficking. Additionally, please run the
Tajik telephones that are identified in paragraph #8 to determine if
these telephone numbers are associated with any prior or current
narcotics investigations conducted by the Kabul CO and Afghan
counterparts.
Please request the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police to identify the
top 10 Afghan traffickers who are responsible for organizing
shipments of Afghan opiates to Russia via the Northern Route so that
these individuals/DTOs can be more effectively targeted by Russian,
Afghan, DEA, and Central Asian counterparts.
Please request the Afghan Counter Narcotics Police to share Central
Asian telephone numbers that are identified in on-going
investigations so that these telephone numbers can be checked in
FSKN's databases in an attempt to identify any contacts to Russia.
19.(SBU) This cable was prepared by CA Michael Nowacoski in lieu of
a DEA-6 per DEA Agent's Manual Section 6242.11. Please direct any
questions or comments to CA Michael Nowacoski at 7-495-728-5218 or
by Firebird e-mail. Please note that Moscow CO is 8 hours ahead of
Eastern Standard Time.
INDEXING
1. Najib LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Numbers: 992-919-966622 and 992-919-940008.
Remarks: Identified as an organizer of drug smuggling routes out of
Tajikistan.
2. Taj Mohammad - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-966833; Remarks: Identified as a drug
recipient based in Tajikistan.
3. Nematullah LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-235219; Remarks: Identified as a drug
recipient based in Tajikistan.
4. WOZUZ, Abdul - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Numbers: 992-919-326298; Remarks: Identified as an
organizer of drug shipments from Afghanistan to Tajikistan.
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5. Jamal LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Numbers: 992-919-335674; Remarks: Identified as an
organizer of drug smuggling routes out of Tajikistan.
6. Aminullah LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-225788; Remarks: Identified as a drug
distributor based in Tajikistan.
7. Abdulkhak LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-64569; Remarks: Identified as an organizer
of drug shipments from Afghanistan to Tajikistan.
8. Abdulmatin LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-60773. Remarks: Identified as a drug
distributor based in Tajikistan.
9. Kurbon LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-60712; Remarks: Identified as an organizer
of drug shipments from Afghanistan to Tajikistan.
10. Shavgiz LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-40088; Remarks: Identified as an organizer
of smuggling routes out of Tajikistan.
11. Mirzamin LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-40889; Remarks: Identified as a drug
distributor based in Tajikistan.
12. Wahed LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-40765; Remarks: Identified as an organizer
of drug shipments to Kazakhstan.
13. Hamed LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-40765; Remarks: Identified as an organizer
of drug shipments from Afghanistan to Tajikistan.
14. Navid LNU - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-51123; Remarks: Identified as an organizer
of drug shipments from Afghanistan to Tajikistan.
15. Zaman, Khan - NADDIS Negative. Further identified as a male;
Telephone Number: 992-919-50101; Remarks: Identified as an organizer
of drug shipments to Kazakhstan.
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