On October 10, Zaporizhzhya Regional State Administration held a closed session of the Coordination Council of security services attached to the Zaporizhzhya Governor.

The main topic of the discussion was counter drug traffic. The region is in top five of the Ukrainian drug trafficking regions. Over 8,000 patients are registered in the regional narcological dispensary. According to experts’ estimations, this number may be multiplied by 10, Governor Yevhen Chervonenko stressed.

Governor Chervonenko outlined the problem of drug trafficking and ways to resolve it. Foremost, it must be dealt by joint cooperation between local authorities, law enforcement agencies and doctors. He admitted that there is a very close connection and some sort of protection (roof in Ukrainian slang) between police and drug dealers.

The Coordination Council has scheduled several actions aimed at improvement of means countering drug trafficking and drug addiction: to scale up number of SBU special units proved their successful combat on this path; to request all media to publish names of law officials connected with drug mob. “Let relatives of junkers know them by names,” summed up Governor Chervonenko.


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