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United States plugs more money and resources into Guyana’s drug fight.

On the morning after two of the most spectacular drug busts at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the United States plugged more money and resources into Guyana’s drug fight. Through the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, the US embassy here in Georgetown, this morning launched a comprehensive training programme for Police Drug Enforcement Officers and Officers from the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit, (CANU).

Twenty-five officers representing the two units will undergo training right here in Guyana, with equipment provided by the US to counter the narco trade. The programme forms part of the US Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and US Ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt, said over the next year the US will be working more with Guyana to combat the illicit trade.

The Ambassador said, the US Government is committed to ensuring Guyana is well equipped to tackle the drug trafficking problem.

Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, pointed to various efforts to arrest the issue of narco trafficking saying that the administration remains committed to stamping it out.

The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative came on stream in 2009 as part of US President, Barack Obama’s International push, to tackle the narco trade. Guyana has come under criticism in the past for not doing enough to deal with the problem but local authorities would always point to the demand end, and Guyana’s own lack of sufficient resources to adequately police the country’s many porous borders.

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