Dismantling illicit Synthetic Drugs laboratories

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25 May 2012

The International Training Centre for Combating Clandestine Laboratories (ITCCCL) in Legionowo, Poland hosted a joint CEPOL / Europol course on 16-27 April entitled “dismantling illicit synthetic drugs laboratories”. The course attracted 31 participants from a total of 21 Member States and two Third Party Countries.

The aim of the course was to provide participants, law enforcement as well as forensic officers, with all the information required to successfully, and safely, dismantle illicit synthetic drugs laboratory sites in the course of their work.

Two experts from the Europol O6 Organised Crime Networks Unit with a further five experts from The Netherlands and Poland presented their knowledge on the production of synthetic drugs and the methodology and risks which can be encountered by law enforcement and forensic officers when involved in dismantling illicit synthetic drug laboratories. In addition, the Europol AWF Synergy team presented details on their operational capabilities, including expert systems and criminal analytical tools.

All participants carried out a series of practical exercises at the ITCCCL, involving simulated illicit synthetic drugs laboratories.

A glance at the course evaluation by participants was very positive with 95% strongly agreeing with all the questions regarding participant satisfaction.

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