US setting up DEA office in Guyana to go after drug lords

US setting up DEA office in Guyana to go after drug lords

Thursday, 26 June 2014 –  Written by  Denis Scott Chabrol – Demerara Waves

 President Donald Ramotar and US Ambassador, Brent Hardt

President Donald Ramotar and US Ambassador, Brent Hardt

The United States (US) is to set up an office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) here to help go after drug kingpins at a time when there is a shift in trafficking routes, American Ambassador Brent Hardt announced on Thursday.

“There is definitely a shift to this region as we work closely with Mexico and Central America to tighten up some of the areas there so this does have a strategic purpose in that sense that the flows are increasing and there is need to boost our presence and engagement in the Caribbean,”  he told reporters.

He said the DEA would be moving equipment and personnel very soon in keeping with Congressional approval to set up for the office in Guyana. It would be based in the US Embassy.

The American envoy has previously said the anti-drug agents of the police and Customs and Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) would have to be screened to ensure that that they do not leak vital information to suspects.  He explained on Thursday that local agents would be responsible for arresting suspects after receiving and sharing intelligence with the DEA.

“It’s a matter of working to build cases, use the intelligence to draw on DEA’s global and regional organisations,” he said.

Hardt echoed the desire of President Donald Ramotar for the passage of amendments to the Anti  Money Laundering and Countering of Financing Terrorism (AML/CFT)Act.

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  • gigi  On 06/27/2014 at 3:16 pm

    Oh dear, the war on drugs comes to Guyana. What this means is that the DEA aka the US military industrial complex and Wall Street now wants in on the money to be made from this lucrative business by taking it away from the locals to fatten their own personal wealth and to fund and carry out their clandestine and hegemonic operations around the globe.


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  • Wycs  On 06/27/2014 at 7:58 pm

    Note the above Mr President and take action if it is necessary.

  • Sugerencias Socialistas  On 06/28/2014 at 10:20 am

    Gigi – Could not have said it any better. I´m a Guyanese living in Venezuela and my first thought was that DEA in GT would be more to facilitate covert destabalization efforts in the south, especially Venezuela. Where Chavez threw them out because the DEA actually is the opposite of what it portrays itself to be or do. They actually aid in and profit from the drug trade and use it as a tool to further their control of regions.

    The War on Drugs is a farce and ridiculous.

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