The United States (U.S.) Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Office in Guyana was officially declared open this morning. The DEA office, which is located within the Georgetown-based U.S. embassy complex, is expected to work along with local agencies to continue tackling the scourge of drug trafficking in Guyana.
For a number of years Guyana has been pushing for the United States to provide more assistance in the narcotics fight since in many cases North American countries, especially the U.S. seem to be the chosen destinations for the illegal substances passing through the country.
U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloway had stated that while he cannot talk about specific cases, his Government is monitoring local organisations believed to be engaged in narco-trafficking activities to the United States.
The DEA’s Regional Director Matthew Donahue, who addressed the simple but significant opening ceremony today, expressed confidence in his highly trained and knowledgeable team that will be based here in Guyana.
Among those at today’s launching ceremony were Minister of State Joe Harmon, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, as well as senior officials from the Army, Police Force, Customs Anti-Smuggling Unit (CANU), Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Chancellor of the Judiciary Carl Singh, and U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Bryan Hunt.
The following photos were taken by INews photographer Carl Croker at today’s opening of the DEA office in Georgetown: