With support from the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard, the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit has broken up part of a major drug trafficking ring that involved players in other countries in the Caribbean.
A two-week operation by CANU agents and the Coast Guard culminated with the arrest of six suspects and the seizure of 1,007 pounds of marijuana. The seized marijuana carries a street value of more than US$2.2 million.
The operation covered communities in Regions 4,5, 6 and 7. A quantity of the marijuana is suspected to be imported.
CANU has also seized three go-fast vessels that were used to ship the marijuana around various parts of the country through the waterways.
In a statement, CANU said the aim of the operation was to gather critical intelligence on the movement of narcotics by a local drug trafficking organisation to other Caribbean nations.
The arrested suspects are all Guyanese and they are expected to remain in custody until charges are filed.
The Customs Anti Narcotics Unit has been stepping up its monitoring of the country’s waterways to tackle the movement of narcotics.