By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The U.S Government is accelerating its efforts to establish its Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Guyana with a local office expected to be fully staffed and operational by mid-January.
Newly – accredited U.S Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway made the disclosure at a press conference on Monday where he stated that head for the local office has already been named.
“There has already been someone selected to be the head of the office, I cant share the name at this time, but I hope to see him on January 15 and his team around the same time,” said Holloway.
He pointed out however that the local office was previously staffed by temporary workers following the Congressional nod being given in July 2014.
“Since then we have started ramping up the process…we have had a lot of temporary staffers…We hoped the office permanently staffed…on or about January 15,” Holloway stated.
The announcement was made of a local DEA office at a press conference last June, between ex- President Donald Ramotar and Former US Ambassador to Guyana Brent Hardt, at the Office of the President.
The office, which will be stationed at the US Embassy in Georgetown, was equally welcomed by both the President and Ambassador Hardt.
The President had noted that the US DEA has also been working very closely with Guyana’s Police Force and Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) from its base out of its office in Trinidad.
Ramotar, from the very beginning of his tenure, expressed the view that narco-trafficking is an international problem that needs international cooperation to successfully combat it.