The Government of Guyana will be moving to implement the National Drug Strategy Master Plan within the next two weeks.
Under the plan, the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit and the Narcotics Branch of the Police Force will be merged into a single new drug enforcement agency, the National Anti Narcotics Agency.
Speaking on the weekly “Public Interest” programme, President David Granger said his administration will be adopting the National Drug Strategy Master Plan within weeks as it strengthens its efforts to tackle the drug trade.
He said his government will be implementing the plan “and will appoint a new agency called the National Anti Narcotics Agency, and we are going to deal with the scourge of narco trafficking”. The President said he believes the narco trade in Guyana may be linked to other crimes and therefore it must be tackled.
Guyana has been faced with a major drug trafficking problem for a number of years as drug pushers access the country’s porous borders and ferry the illegal drugs in and out of the country.
The drug enforcement bodies have been stepping up their monitoring and have seen successes in a number of drug busts.
The United States intends to offer more support when the DEA office in Guyana receives permanent staffing.
When it comes to the current crime situation in the country, Mr. Granger said the government is working to tackle the problem but it is a societal problem that must be tackled in that manner.
He said already, moves are afoot to strengthen the investigative and prosecuting abilities of the Guyana Police Force.