By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – President David Granger says that the Government has not taken a decision to merge the Customs and Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) with the Police narcotics unit and the Guyana Revenue Authority enforcement unit.
Reports had surfaced recently that the Government had taken a decision to merge CANU, along with the police narcotics department to form a new unit dubbed the National Anti Narcotics Agency (NANA).
“A decision has not been taken on the merger,” President Granger said on Wednesday adding that the government is “rationalizing the functions of the three agencies.”
The three agencies have been working separately over the years and have managed to make several huge drug busts independently and in joint operations.
Guyana is still bracing for the setting up of a local Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Office in Guyana. The local office expected to be fully staffed and operational by mid-January 2016.
United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway had 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 can’t share the name at this time, but I hope to see him on January 15 and his team around the same time,” said Holloway.