On 6th and 7th December 2016 the INTERPOL General Secretariat has organised the JOINT INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON DRUG TRAFFICKING AND NPS ONLINE MARKETS, jointly with the EPS/NPS Project – Enhancing Police Skills concerning Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), led by the Research Centre on Security and Crime (RiSSC).

More than 80 people attended the event representing almost all the EU Countries. There were also attendees from Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Russia, the Republic of Moldova, Qatar and Belarus.

A group of highly skilled, drug-isssue experts spoke about the NPS trafficking phenomena from their diverse perspectives: LEAs, prosecutors, legal experts, investigators, researchers and representatives from international organizations.

INTERPOL,EMCDDA, EUROPOL, UNODC, EuroJust, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Pompidou Group, Arma dei Carabinieri (IT), National Crime Agency (UK), University of Copenaghen, University of Hertdfordshire (UK), University of Eotvos (HU), Global Drug Survey (UK), National Research Centre (IT) contributed actively to the discussion enriching the topic and sharing important piece of knowledge in fighting back against drug trafficking.

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The meeting was organised following this structure:

Presentation and description of the NPS market. A description of the new psychoactive substances emerging in the market has been introduced, description of the new trend in consumption and description of the users market- demand side. A specific session has been dedicated to the presentation of the results achieved by the EPS/NPS project dealing with the following aspects of the market:
• Definition and specific characteristics of the psychoactive substances
• Peculiarities of the NPS trafficking, routes and supply chain, also with respect to traditional illegal drugs
• Role of organised crime and main (criminal) subjects involved
• Role of the Internet, with specific regards to the Deep Web/Darknets and the relationship between Surface and Deep Web/Darknets
• Demand of NPS and interdependencies between demand and supply

Then, a specific session was dedicated to the legal, enforcement and forensic issues along with the challenges facing us and the and good practices that have been introduced. Europol, Eurojust, DEA and University of Copenaghen (presenting the ENFSI network) provided the audience with a highly professional presentations about practices and tools to be used to combat the phenomenon.

In the end some tools to operatively fight back against NPS trafficking have been introduced by University of Herdtfordshire and by the UNODC. Among them the EPS/NPS project presented the “Cooperation Platform” which is currently a proof-of-concept with high possibilities to be translated into an operative tool to support LEAs and promoting cooperation through knowledge generation and information sharing.

The aim of the meeting was to create synergies at international level, give visibility to the best practices implemented so far, developing knowledge generation and promoting information sharing among LEAs, researchers and international organisations.

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A report describing main points and results from the conference will be available on the project web site in January 2017.