59 suspects of drug trafficking arrested in Mongolia this year

February 13, 2019 | Brainwave Science

59 suspects of drug trafficking arrested in Mongolia this year: Brainwave Science

SITUATION

The Mongolian police arrested three people in the capital city of Ulan Bator on Tuesday. They were found transporting a large number of narcotic drugs. The announcement was made by the National Police Agency (NPA) on Wednesday.

With these arrests, the total number of people detained for drug trafficking in the country this year has risen to 59, the NPA said. In this operation which took place on Tuesday evening, two men and a woman aged between 19-32 years, were arrested in Sukhbaatar district. The officers recovered methamphetamine worth around 500 million Mongolian tugriks (about 190,000 U.S. dollars) from their possession. The NPA said that further investigation is underway. According to Mongolian law, any person who is found guilty of trafficking drugs will be punished by imprisonment of at least two years.

CHALLENGE

Mongolia is a small country with a population of only three million people. Increased drug trafficking will be a great threat to the national security of this country. There is a need to take action to tackle the drug trade, drug abuse and drug-related crimes. In Mongolia, there is already a huge problem of alcoholism amongst its citizens, and the wide prevalence of liver cancer and other liver-related diseases. The government certainly does not want drug trafficking to become another headache. History shows that drug abuse had a significant impact on the collapse of the Manchu Dynasty, which illustrates how drug abuse affects the independence and existence of a nation.

There are still several places in Mongolia where plants that are used to make illegal substances can be grown, law enforcement authorities destroy the plants every summer to prevent young people from accidentally stumbling upon drugs.

Mostly, the illegal activities with respect to the possession, smuggling, selling, and the use of drugs have occurred in Ulaanbaatar. The two major gateways for drug trafficking are the Zamiin-Uud border checkpoint at the Mongolia-China border and Altanbulag border checkpoint at the Mongolia-Russia border. Mongolia has only three major areas that are home to illegal drug businesses, dismantling drug abuse among the youth in Mongolia will not be difficult, and taking strong measures in the hotspots will be an efficient way to address drug abuse.

If the government tightens its control to fight drug abuse in Ulaanbaatar and the two major border points, drug dealers and smugglers will seek to find other border checkpoints and distribution areas, especially Darkhan and Erdenet cities, to foster their illegal business. This means that a nationwide effort will be significant to blocking drug smuggling attempts at border checkpoints and addressing drug abuse.

When Russia and China increase their anti-drug operations, especially in areas along the Mongolian, Russian and Chinese borders, traffickers will possibly head to Mongolia to search for safer areas with less government pressure, which means the government of Mongolia must increase its anti-drug operation at the same time as its two neighbours. That is why increasing mutual collaboration with Russia and China by exchanging information and harnessing cohesion between the anti-drug strategies of the countries is important for Mongolia.

The bottleneck in this whole transnational exercise is the ability to process (interrogate and extract meaningful information) the huge number of arrested traffickers in an efficient (cost-wise, time-wise and manpower-wise) manner.

A fool-proof intelligence gathering mechanism is needed which can provide results-quickly, find out linkages between suspects, detect knowledge of specific crimes in a reliable and non-invasive manner.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Brainwave Science has taken the onus upon itself to develop and make such technology available to law enforcement and investigators across the world. They have introduced a cutting tool called iCognative which aims to overhaul the discipline of forensic science. It approaches intelligence gathering in a totally new way. iCognative is a revolutionary security technology that works on the premise that the best source of reliable information regarding a crime is the brain. All acts of crime, deliberations or planning are generated and recorded in the brain. This revolutionary technology is applicable in law enforcement, counter-intelligence, immigrationcounterterrorism, border security, human and drug trafficking.

Like a computer, the brain is the center for all data processing and storage. All significant information is recorded and stored for long periods of time probably until death and not so significant or passive information is forgotten over time. For example,  one might forget the clothes which one wore on a day as it is a regular or mundane activity, but if one stains their dress just before ones interview, one would most likely remember the dress for decades. Similarly, specific crime events are recorded permanently in the suspect’s brain because it is a significant process and activity.

iCognative is safe and non-invasive, does not violate any human rights, can be applied to 85% -95% of cases, and has a high accuracy rate of over 99.9% eliminating false positives or false negatives. While DNA and Biometrics have similar accuracy, they can only be applied in 1-2% of cases as many crimes do not have biological samples.

During a crime investigation, iCognative is used to determine a suspect’s involvement in a crime by measuring the tiny micro voltages emitted from the brain when specific crime-related evidence in form of pictures, images, words, texts, or phrases are flashed on a computer screen. These inputs are also called stimuli The brain reaction is captured and analyzed to determine whether the information as evidence is present in the suspect’s brain or not. However, the information provided to the subject/suspect must be crime-specific.

In the iCognative test of each of the arrested trafficking suspects, the stimuli can be trafficking-related details like the entry points of the drugs into the city, places where they peddle the drugs, known sites where these drugs are prepared like busted meth labs, details of traffickers higher up or lower down the supply chain, etc

Using iCognative on a national and transnational scale with cooperation from neighboring nations will help them to quickly discover linkages between organizations, understand supply chains, detect traffickers and their modus operandi, and help to end the drug trade in the region once and for all.

Main Source: XinhuaNet

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