INCB holds training on investigation of suspicious Internet postings related to precursor chemicals


VIENNA, 8 June 2023 -The International Narcotics Control Board concluded training for governments on investigation of suspicious Internet (surface web) postings related to precursor chemicals, at the Vienna International Centre. The training, held in Vienna from 29 May to 2 June, was attended by 24 officials of regulatory or law enforcement agencies from 14 countries of Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Tackling the use of the Internet (surface web) to facilitate precursor trafficking is one of the priorities of INCB. An international INCB operation focusing on precursor trafficking through the Internet, Operation Acronym, was carried out in 2021 with the participation of 34 countries and four international organization. The training held last week addressed the needs identified during that operation.

Participants received instruction on how to identify and investigate suspicious online postings, specifically those related to precursor chemicals. As a result, participants will now be able to monitor the Internet (surface web), request basic subscriber information and establish mutually beneficial relationships with online service providers. The proactive investigation of suspicious surface web postings represents an additional tool for Governments to help prevent chemicals from reaching illicit drug manufacturing laboratories.

The International Narcotics Control Board has a treaty-based responsibility to monitor governments' control over precursors and other chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of drugs, and to assist them in preventing the diversion of those chemicals into the illicit traffic. Every year, the Board publishes a report on the implementation of article 12 of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988.

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