Over 164.9kg of cocaine, 889kg of ganja seized last year

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Some 164.9 kilograms of cocaine and approximately 889 kilograms of marijuana were seized between January and September last year.

This was disclosed by Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Guyana, Terry Steers-Gonzalez on Wednesday during his address at a forum at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.

He reminded that such drugs as they pass through countries seep into communities and expose vulnerable populations, especially youths, to drug use.

CANU had reported that billions of dollars in marijuana and cocaine were destroyed during last year’s eradication exercises throughout the country.

CANU Head, Major (retired) Michael Atherly had disclosed to this news entity that more than 300 persons were convicted for various drug crimes in 2018.

Statistics from the Guyana Drug Information Network (GUYDIN) – an inter-agency body comprising law enforcement agencies – revealed that during 2018 (as of November), a total of 132 kilos of cocaine and 440 kilos of cannabis were destroyed by the Police, while 45 kilos of cocaine and 554 kilos of cannabis were also destroyed by CANU in other areas.

The combined street value of the narcotics amounted to $513,310,940. The drugs were reportedly tested by staff of the Guyana Forensic Science Laboratory before being destroyed by way of fire.

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