INTERPOL said that in cooperation with various agencies, their counterterrorism campaign, dubbed “Operation Trigger-Salvo,” resulted in the seizure and destruction of 2,000 illegal firearms, 3 million searches, including travel documents and freight.
During cargo checks, INTERPOL said it seized more than 800 pieces of firearms and 22 firearms.
It was also reported that 2,000 illegal firearms, seized over a three-year period, were destroyed by Mongolian law enforcement as part of Operation Trigger-Salvo.
“Mongolia’s decision to destroy these firearms symbolizes our commitment to Operation Trigger-Salvo and to strengthening security throughout the region,” said Police Lt. Col. Nyamdavaa Bayasgalan, Inspector in head of the INTERPOL Mongolian National Central Bureau in Ulaanbaatar.
INTERPOL also reported a seizure of almost 10,000 ecstasy tablets, worth around 290,000 EUR.
In order to detect terrorist activity and contraband, INTERPOL said that during a two-week period from October 25 to November 5, enhanced passenger and cargo checks were carried out at airports, seaports and borders, known as smuggling routes.
INTERPOL said the data was then cross-checked with INTERPOL’s global databases, allowing officers to identify wanted people and potential threats.
INTERPOL said the vast majority involved people using reported lost or stolen travel documents, and 19 people subject to INTERPOL Red Notices were also detected.
Human smuggling and immigration offenses
INTERPOL said it had faced more than 1,800 immigration-related offenses.
According to INTERPOL, the offenses led to 64 arrests for human trafficking and five Thai nationals arrested for facilitating, transporting and authorizing the illegal entry of one or more people across the Thai-Myanmar border. . The smuggled migrants were forced to work illegally in central Thailand.
Cell Phone Stun Guns
INTERPOL said it also discovered 10 stun guns disguised as ordinary electronic devices such as cell phones and vehicle transponders. This was discovered at the Hong Kong International Airport.
“We are pleased to see that the operation has contributed to the fight against illicit trafficking in firearms and terrorism. said Duan Daqi, head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Beijing.
“It is difficult to curb the transnational flow of illegal weapons in Central, East and South-East Asia due to porous borders, difficult terrain, regional conflicts, drug trafficking and the presence of terrorist groups. and organized crime syndicates, ”said Karel Pelan, Deputy Director. , Terrorist networks at INTERPOL.
INTERPOL said the successes of Operation Trigger-Salvo were made possible through close collaboration between the following participating countries: Brunei, Cambodia, China (including the Chinese jurisdictions of Hong Kong and Macao), Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.
According to INTERPOL, Operation Trigger-Salvo was funded by the government of the People’s Republic of China and supported by ASEANAPOL and the World Customs Organization.