US Drug Agency To Set Up Guyana Office

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Fri. Dec. 30, 2005: The United States Drug Enforcement Agency is in talks with the Guyana government to set up a local office there.

That’s according to Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon. Luncheon made the disclosure yesterday at his weekly post Cabinet media briefing, but acknowledged that “certain details” have to be discussed before the entity becomes a reality.

The claim comes as a USAID contractor was murdered in Guyana earlier this month and as the U.S. State Department report this year insisted that that Guyana is a transshipment point for cocaine from South America that is making its way to markers in North America, Europe and the Caribbean.

Luncheon welcomed the move saying it will provide local officials with the support, expertise and resources, which are integral to stemming the drug trade.

“Guyana like other developing countries in the region, are not fully equipped to handle criminal activities associated with the narco-trade,” he said. “One can concede that the United States’ role as international or hemispheric policeman is necessary for the effective handling of this situation.”

The US’ International Narcotics Control Strategy Report of 2005 states that, “the economic, political and social conditions in Guyana make it a prime target for narcotics traffickers to exploit as a transit point (and) there has been an increase in crime believed to be linked to narcotics trafficking in the past year.”

The report also stated that the government’s counternarcotics efforts are hampered greatly by the lack of adequate resources for law enforcement. –