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CH2M joins fight against Kazakhstan’s drug trade

13 Dec 16 CH2M has been appointed to design and deliver infrastructure aimed at helping combat drug trafficking in Kazakhstan.

image by Jonas Satkauskas
image by Jonas Satkauskas

The project includes the design of passport control buildings, living and administration facilities for border guards and quarantine kennels for drug-detection dogs.

The task order is being carried out under an existing contract between CH2M and the US Air Force. A report on international narcotics control strategy by the US Department of State found that Kazakhstan is a strategically situated transit country along the main northern trafficking route for Afghan heroin and opiates. This route links Central Asia to Russia and Eastern Europe. Importation of synthetic narcotics from Russia, China and European countries into Kazakhstan has increased recently.

“These new facilities will directly impact people's lives in a positive way from helping combat the flow of drugs that threaten citizen wellbeing, to enabling a better immigration experience for those seeking immigration to Kazakhstan,” said Frank Smith, project manager and CH2M director of military installation planning.

"Our designs will provide facilities that not only facilitate the important mission of the Border Guard Service and Ministry of Internal Affairs but are sustainable as well," states Matthew Sutton, president of CH2M's environment and nuclear business.  

CH2M has been serving the Air Force under the overall contract for more than 10 years, working on over 50 projects including environmental planning, infrastructure development to remediation.

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