CANU discovers suspected Drug Submersible Vessel in Waini River

The suspected drug sub. [CANU photo]



The construction area. [CANU photo]
The construction area. [CANU photo]
[] – Officials of the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit and the Guyana Defence Force Special Forces, Coast Guard and Air Corps conducted an operation along the Waini River in the North West District, during which they found a blue vessel (later identified as a Self Propelled Semi Submersible (SPSS)) about two miles in.

It is suspected that the vessel was slated to be used in the drug trade.

The joint operation also found a camp consisting of three structures – accommodation, workshop area and generator. The accommodation had the capacity to sleep approximately 12 persons, there was also a kitchen area located within the accommodation.

CANU in a statement noted that the workshop consisted of pulleys, power tools, paint, and several fiber glass materials. Based on the items present, it is evident that this area was used to build the SPSS found in the creek.

The suspected drug sub. CANU photo]
The suspected drug sub. CANU photo]

The SPSS upon closer inspection was already fitted with a diesel engine and steering wheel, navigation and other machinery to deem it serviceable. There was no contraband on board the SPSS.

Investigations are ongoing along with discussions with foreign counterparts as it relates to information sharing and assistance.



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