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Guyana is working to develop a new national drug strategy master plan to combat drug trade

Guyana is working to develop a new national drug strategy master plan, that it hopes will serve as a guide in the ongoing war against the drug trade.

The last National Drug Strategy Master plan was not fully implemented and the government came under heat for that. Now the administration is getting set to once again tackle the problem from a national level. Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, on Monday told the opening of a training programme for drug enforcement officers, that over the past few years Guyana has been strengthening ties with several countries especially the neighbouring ones all in an effort to stop the constant flow of narcotics through the country and the region. Locally there have been several drug busts for this year.

In many of those cases however, there have not been charges and when persons are charged, the conviction rate is not that high.

That may have to do more with the evidence provided in court. Still with assistance from the United States and other countries, Guyana is looking to step up the fight and the Home Affairs Minister believes, combating the trade cannot be a limited effort.

Just this past Sunday at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, there were two spectacular drug busts and drug enforcement officials are now said to be reviewing the entire security plan at the airport since despite all the security layers, drug pushers still seem to be getting the cocaine pass the security, using their own resource persons at the airport, who are based in highly secured areas.

The problem is a worrying one and a headache especially for airport authorities who have been making efforts to secure the airport more.

There have been cases of undetected bags laden with drugs being able to be packed onto aircrafts. The airlines are even more worried since they would be the ones facing huge fines if drugs are busted on one of their planes on arrival in the US.

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