By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee has defended the $92M allocated to the Customs Anti – Narcotics Unit (CANU) in the 2014 national budget.
At the same time, the Minister also issued a stern warning to drug traffickers. Rohee told the National Assembly on Monday, April 07 during his budget contribution that “Wherever they hide it, we will find it! That is the mantra that I have given to both CANU and the Narcotics Branch.”
Only on Sunday (April 06), Airport officials busted a Berbice businessman with cocaine stashed in pastries. He was arrested, charged and remanded to Prison on Monday.
The Home Affairs Minister lashed out at the combined Opposition for criticizing the work of the CANU.
“Rather than refer mockingly to CANU and the Narcotics branch of the Guyana Police Force, give credit to the fact that it continues to interdict drugs,” Rohee said.
He made reference to the 2013 report of the UN Organisation on Drug Control, which he noted speaks positively about Guyana’s ability to fight the drug trade.
Only recently CANU ranks found cocaine in fake awarra. Other innovative methods that were uncovered include: cocaine in cream liqueur, ochros, and straws among others.