Operation Mekong Dragon V & IRENE IV Briefing Meetin
19 Apr 2023
The Operation Mekong Dragon V & IRENE IV Briefing Meeting was held during 11-13 April
2023 in Shanghai, hosted by China Customs. The meeting started with welcoming remarks
from Mr. Zhu Kangping, Head of the Anti-smuggling Bureau of Shanghai Customs. Mr.
Wang He, Deputy Director General of the Anti-smuggling Bureau, General Administration
of China Customs, Mr. Vu Quang Toan, Deputy Director, Anti-Smuggling and Investigation
Department, Vietnam Customs, Mr. CheonJeong Park, Head of WCO RILO AP, Ms. Jenna
Dawson-Faber, Regional Coordinator for Southeast Asia, UNODC Global Programme on
Crimes that Affect the Environment delivered opening remarks respectively.
Officers of customs, police, and environment agencies from Australia, Bangladesh,
Cambodia, China, Hong Kong of China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia,
Nepal, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam
joined the briefing. RILO AP, WCO Environment Programme, IFAW, TRAFFIC, WCS, and
Meiya Pico offered support. Nearly 30 presentations were made and shared.
With the successful outcome of the previous operations, a proposal for the
implementation of Operation Mekong Dragon V and Operation IRENE IV were proposed
in the RILO AP NCP meeting and WCO AP RCP meeting. Operation OMD V targets the
smuggling of drugs and wildlife; heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ketamine, pangolins,
and their scales, turtles, tortoises, rhino horns, ivory and its products, siamese rosewood,
red sandalwood are the priorities of the Operation. Operation IRENE IV targets on small
arms and light weapons illegally traded and transported, including items prohibited or
restricted by national legislation through cargo, passengers, post, and express courier