A local Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) office is set for an official opening next week Wednesday.
According to an advisory issued by the United States Embassy yesterday, the DEA office will officially be opened by Ambassador Perry Holloway at the US Embassy Duke and Young Streets, Kingston, Georgetown location.
The event will include remarks from the Ambassador, a DEA official and a senior Guyana Government official.
At a press conference during the latter part of last year, Ambassador Holloway in speaking of the DEA presence in Guyana, disclosed that by January 15, last, an official was already selected and his team would be in place in Guyana.
In July 2014, former President, Donald Ramotar and the previous US ambassador, D. Brent Hardt, announced the establishment of a local DEA office to fight the drug trade.
This was following the approval of the DEA office in Guyana by the US Senate.
Measures were reportedly apace since then to ramp up activities in Guyana. In fact a number of temporary duty personnel were stationed here.
Ambassador Holloway reported last year that the DEA officials have been working closely with the local authorities not only on cases, but also on training and lending of technical assistance. The agencies included the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU).
There have been several high profile drug cases in both Guyana and the US.
Guyana, because of its geographical location in South America, has been a known trans-shipment point for narcotics for years now. The drugs have been making their way over the borders from Venezuela and onwards through the ports to the US or neighbouring Suriname for Europe.
Ambassador Holloway himself is no stranger to the drug fight.
He served in Colombia at various levels including Director of Narcotics Affairs Section and even in Washington doing work in counter narcotics.
Previously, before July 2014, Guyana had to seek help from the Trinidad and Tobago-based DEA office, in the sharing of intelligence and exchange of mechanisms to tackle drug-smuggling problems.
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