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Report calls for the Ministry of Health to play a more active role in drug fight – 16th Nov 2012

In the year 2011, law enforcement agencies in Guyana seized a total of 879 pounds of cocaine as they stepped up their  monitoring of the drug trade and renewed efforts to stop the flow of drugs through this country.  That figure makes up part of the Ministry of Home Affairs report on the Drug Information Network for the year 2011. Over 200 persons were charged last year for drug possession. And that figure covers cocaine and marijuana.

93% of the persons charged for drug possession were males, with the majority of them being just over 25 years old.

With regard to the trafficking of drugs an additional 359 persons faced the courts. The report calls for the Ministry of Health to play a more active role in the drug fight by monitoring drug use as well as put in place prevention and rehabilitation programmes.

The report covers all the types of drugs that are used in Guyana, trafficked through Guyana and the impact on the society. The Guyana Drug Information Network falls under the Home Affairs Ministry. Based on the findings of the report and all the figures thrown around, the Government is expected to use the stats as a way of arming itself better to tackle the problem of narco-trafficking, possession and use in Guyana.

The United States would conduct its own report and over the years, the US Government which has been supporting the fight, has been calling for there to be a tougher fight in the war on drugs and drug trafficking.

For this year alone a number of US citizens were busted in Guyana, as they made efforts to take cocaine out. There have also been cases at the Cheddi Jagan Airport of the drugs, making it pass the security check points in untagged bags. That situation at the airport has led to well over a dozen security personnel attached to some of the airlines losing their jobs and a wider probe of the situation at the main international airport.

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