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Brendan Pearce attends Operation Mekong Dragon Briefing

11.12am 27 April 2023 | Social Media

Customs Counsellor Beijing, Brendan Pearce, recently attended the Operation Mekong Dragon V and Operation Irene IV Briefing Meeting in Shanghai.

The event was co-hosted by the World Customs Organization Asia-Pacific Intelligence Liaison Center, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the General Administration of Customs of China, and Viet Nam Customs.

Customs authorities from around 20 Asian-Pacific countries and representatives of the above-mentioned international organisations attended the meeting. Brendan and Principal Advisor, Lingyue (Elaine) Wang, attended the meeting and introduced the New Zealand Customs drug interception results and related technology.

Brendan says Operation Mekong Dragon came about from the recognised need for a joint regional operation against drug trafficking. The operation was initiated by China and Viet Nam Customs and is currently the most successful joint operation against the trafficking of endangered species and drugs in the Asia-Pacific region.

“During the meeting, representatives shared their typical cases on recent law enforcement actions and conducted analysis on the new trends of smuggling crimes post-pandemic. Participating parties actively proposed to continue to deepen regional and international law enforcement cooperation and make full use of the Operation Mekong Dragon law enforcement cooperation to jointly combat cross-border organised crimes involving drugs, firearms, and endangered species. We remain committed to regional and international law enforcement cooperation, including Operation Mekong Dragon.”