By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Commander – in – Chief of the Armed Forces, President Donald Ramotar today noted that his initial report on the discovery of a Self Propelled Semi Submersible (SPSS) in the Waini River is the work of drug traffickers.
The President was at the time responding to questions from the media at a press conference at the Office of the President, where he further noted that the area has been thoroughly secured to allow for a proper investigation.
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.
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, CANU said.
The Commander in Chief says he is convinced that the discovery is linked with “outside forces.”
He noted that the Security Forces are working in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on the matter.
CANU noted that 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.