The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) Counternarcotics Program recently delivered vehicles and equipment to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The CENTCOM Counternarcotics Program is part of the U.S. Department of Defense effort to reduce drug trafficking, and to provide No-Cost Technical Assistance to Kazakhstan and other partner nations.
On June 26 and 27, 2017, representatives from the Office of Military Cooperation of the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan turned over six Toyota pickup trucks, four All-terrain vehicles, two Niva vehicles, and six GAZel vehicles modified for working dog transportation to representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and its regional departments. The vehicles were supplied with communications equipment and spare parts. Two GPS navigation units and two satellite phones were also delivered. Upon delivery, the vehicles transited to various oblasts of Kazakhstan and were immediately put to use combating illegal drugs.