Tajikistan's State Drug Control Agency (DCA) celebrated its 10th anniversary recently, drawing praise from President Imomali Rahmon for its success in combating narcotics trafficking. Even so, foreign officials continue to complain that large quantities of drugs continue to move across the Tajik-Afghan border and on to European markets.
Tajikistan's southern neighbor, Afghanistan, produced approximately 7,700 tons of opiates in 2008, 93 percent of global volume, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Though Afghan and Tajik drug control agencies predict Afghanistan's drug production to fall slightly in 2009, the organizations' capacities are still insufficient to properly counter international drug cartels, Lieutenant General Rustam Nazarov, head of the Tajik DCA, told the Asia Plus news agency on 28 May.
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Konstantin Parshin is a freelance correspondent based in Tajikistan.