AFP and Cambodian authorities working closely to combat drugs and transnational crime

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has formalised its ongoing cooperation with Cambodian authorities in the fight against illicit drugs and transnational organised crime, with the establishment of Strikeforce Dragon.

Strikeforce Dragon will target narcotics trafficking and money laundering between Cambodia and Australia, with the AFP working with the Cambodian National Police and Cambodian General Department of Immigration.

During his recent visit to Cambodia, AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cambodian National Police on combating transnational crime, as well as an Agreement with both Cambodian agencies, formalising working and information-sharing arrangements under Strikeforce Dragon.

“These Cambodian agreements demonstrate the continuing efforts of the AFP to work closely with our partners to tackle issues of common concern, and adds to last year’s Taskforce Blaze agreement with Chinese authorities and yesterday’s Taskforce Storm announcement in Thailand,” said Commissioner Colvin.

The establishment of Strikeforce Dragon also forms part of the AFP’s commitment to enhance international cooperation with partner countries to disrupt the supply of methamphetamine and other drugs.

“Australia already enjoys a close law enforcement relationship with its Cambodian counterparts to protect our respective communities and to bring to justice those that seek to profit from transnational crime,” said Commissioner Colvin.

“I am confident that these agreements are another step in a stronger working relationship with our Cambodian colleagues to jointly address these shared issues.”

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