Efforts to combat smuggling, piracy intensifies with signing of MoU

The signing of the MoU

[www.inewsguyana.com] –Efforts continue to intensify by law enforcement agencies to combat instances of smuggling and piracy, with the introduction of a new floating patrol base.

The base will be located at the mouth of the Waini River. The singing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among law enforcement and drug fighting agencies, including the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) took place on Thursday, February 19.

The MoU outlines the standard operating procedures for the vessel which is expected to be shared among the agencies as they pursue a collective fight against these illegal activities.

During the singing, the GPF also boasted of its improved policing of Guyana’s coast and borders. Speaking on behalf of the GPF, Assistant Commissioner Balram Persaud said the base is expected to aid in the fight against piracy, smuggling and other illegal activities.

Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister and Chairman of the Task Force on Fuel Smuggling and Contraband, Clement Rohee said the vessel will build the police’s capacity to patrol the 220 miles of coast line.

This is the second floating base in Guyana; the first being built and operated by the Guyana Defence Force. [Tracey Khan – Drakes]