Guyana is expected to work closer with the US Drug Enforcement Administration and Interpol to better monitor and track down those persons suspected of being involved in the drug trafficking trade here.
Appearing on an NCN Budget in Focus TV show, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan explained that successful efforts have been made in the drug fight and that will continue with support from international agencies.
He said “we are tying into that effort, the effort to surveil the big people who are doing cocaine in Guyana, in association with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Interpol and so on. And that is what caught this guy Big Head to be caught”.
Guyanese hotel owner, Shervington “Big Head” Lovell, was recently extradited to the United States from Jamaica. He was arrested in Jamaica just after arriving there on a flight from Guyana. He is currently facing multiple drug trafficking charges in a New York Court. The charges are related to a major drug bust that involved several international drug enforcement agencies, including agencies from the US, Colombia and Europe.
The Public Security Minister said he is convinced that a big chunk of the money that was in the economy before the government changed three years ago, was as a result of the involvement of drug lords and narco dealers.
“And people seem not to want to believe that, but we had some very very important articles written by Clive Thomas on the criminalized state. Nobody can deny. We don’t have the evidence probably like the Americans now have in relation to “Big Head”, but we didn’t have the evidence to bring to our Courts in Guyana as to how big this thing was, but indeed it was big. Roger Khan was big in it”.
Ramjattan said some persons might be upset with the Government for weeding out the influence of the drug trade on the local economy. He said an economy with such an influence would be considered a “distorted” one.
Just last week, the former US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway indicated that the US government through the DEA, intends to continue working closely with Guyana to arrest the drug trafficking problem with links to the United States. He said he expects that in the coming years, the US will seek the extradition of a number of suspected drug king pins in Guyana.