The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

Hemp is a versatile plant. It’s used for making fiber ropes, fabrics, paper and oil. However, it’s mostly known as a raw material for drug production. And though it grows in all Central Asian states, Kazakhstan (or rather its Shu valley) seems to be the most notorious place in this respect.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

This man is the terror of all Shu criminals. He’s name is Bolatbek and he’s the Head of the department that combats drug trafficking in the city of Shu.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

Taking into account the specific features of this work, even men on duty are always in full combat readiness.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

It’s difficult to imagine a combating drug trafficking organization without canine units. Specially trained search dogs are the most effective means of detecting drugs. A German Shepherd dog named Pirate is able to search for drugs, weapons and even catch criminals.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

Today, the canine unit is going to comb a railroad area where a large concentration of wild hemp grows. The group consists of two police agents, a dog expert and Pirate.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

To be able to move on rough terrain, the department has two cars – the Niva and the UAZ. But the policemen complain that they need at least a cross-country vehicle to successfully operate in such conditions.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The combing of an area includes the detailed observation of terrain, tracks and roads and the search of natural shelters where criminals could hide.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

In this area, the density of wild hemp is particularly high.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

Suddenly, Pirate smelled something.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

Without revealing themselves, the policemen spotted some man hiding in high bushes.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

Having surrounded the stranger, they arrested him following a well-established pattern. All this happened in just a few seconds.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

This is a real arrest. A resident of Shu was taken red-handed while collecting hemp.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

It’s not allowed to show his face until his identity is verified and the court passes sentence.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

A few days ago, not far away from this place, the police arrested another resident of the city of Shu who had 6.4 kg of marijuana and o.5 kg of cannabis with himself.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

Having done all that was required of him, Pirate is having a deserved rest inside a car.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The detainee was taken to the local police station and put into a temporary detention facility until the clarification of the circumstances.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The previously mentioned unfortunate drug dealer is held here as well.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

Kazakhstan’s Criminal Code provides 3 years of imprisonment for drugs possession and 3-7 years for their distribution.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

Bolatbek has been working in the police for 15 years. He says, it’s a hard job, and, as usual, there is never enough people and equipment.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The title of the book “The future without drugs”.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

The territory of the Shu valley occupies more than 138 thousand hectares. This is a very large area, and to monitor all that happens there is almost impossible.

The Green Curse of the Shu Valley

Aspara Station is located about 18 km far from the city. The greater part of arrests takes place in this area. Local marijuana is of a very high quality and notable for strong psychoactive properties.

40 thoughts on “The Green Curse of the Shu Valley”

  1. So this guy has to go to prison for something God put on this ground. It’s a plant it grows from the earth how can you condemn such a thing?

  2. What self respecting person would wear blue to wander around in the countryside up to no good. Could be spotted miles away.

  3. They will never successfully stop this trade, and trying to do so is a fool’s errand. Why waste all this time and money trying to protect people from themselves?

  4. I’m betting that wild hemp is pretty tame compared to what we grow here in Northern California. Leave the wild weed alone.

    “The more people smoke herb, the more Babylon fall.”

  5. Meh. I’m no smoker, but countries should just get over themselves. Legalise it, tax it, and use the funds to take care of real problems. Even alcohol is worse in most ways. How many people do you see hospitalised or dead from weed overdose?

  6. There is analog to this in America. It is Nebraska. Everyone knows the best cannabis is found in Nebraska roadsides.

  7. Why do countries insist on fighting this losing battle? It should be legalized, and then regulated and taxed like alcohol and tobacco products are. While I am against using marijuana personally and would advise against it to anyone who asks me, I am also a realist. Keeping it illegal is worse than the effects of legalizing it and I can see no reason to enforce my personal moral beliefs on others who disagree with me on this matter. Would not all of the money and time spent on enforcing the laws banning it’s consumption and incarcerating otherwise productive individuals caught with it be better spent elsewhere?

  8. Now I know which IQ you have, if you think Borat is real.
    Haha typical american arrogant living in a fantasy world

    • people do talk about persons in film even though they know they are fictional, I mean you cant be that dumb “historian” that you think he was talking about a real person or did you for a moment wonder what “Borat” he was mentioning? really !!! when everybody else knew what he was talking about.. why do you think he is an American? you are so full of prejudice Historian go have a diet coke or something ..

  9. No sorry, it is words like “pleases” instead of places, lack of puntuation, all signs of a low life illiterate scumbag….^____^

    • so you are from Kazakhstan, you should not talk highly of illiterate people…. I mean the police job must be hard for you no sex, except with the dog.

    • what do you know about literacy Pong ? give us a break will you. Where and when in life have you added anything above your superficial intelligence. Don’t call people “scumbags” you haven’t got the guts to do that in real life, we all know that.

  10. @ Sissy, hey, lay off the dog. The dog has valuable skills even though they are used for the wrong reasons.

    Everything else I agree with, carry-on.

  11. Tip off the drug lords…

    http://media.englishrussia.com/newpictures/greencurseofthechuvalley-9.jpg

    Now he will have to sleep with a gun under his pillow…

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