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Security forces to join contraband and smuggling fight

police 13The security agencies are now joining forces to tackle fuel and contraband smuggling across our porous borders.

Today a memorandum of understanding was signed between the heads of the Guyana Defence Force, the Guyana Police Force, Guyana Revenue Authority, Customs Anti Narcotics Unit and the Guyana Energy Agency.

It will provide for the use of the Guyana Defence Force Floating Patrol Base, which is located in the Pomeroon River.

Major General retired Michael Atherly who is a part of the ministry of home affairs task force said the focus is to have a united approach to tackle drug trafficking, fuel and contraband smuggling and piracy.

Deputy chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force Kemraj Persaud said Inter-agency Cooperation is the way to respond to the common threats.

Home Affairs minister Clement Rohee said the signing of the MOU will take the enhanced cooperation a step forward. He said a similar patrol base will be established for the Guyana Police Force in the coming weeks.

The task force is hoping that this assistance will remove the tools from criminal gangs as well as depriving wrong doers of their potential proceeds of their crimes.

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