Monday, March 7, 2005
Guyana is under the microscope from U.S drug enforcement agents trying to stem the mounting flow of cocaine and other narcotics to the country.
A report on illegal trade blames corruption as the main cause of compromised joint U.S.-Guyana operations in fighting narcotics.
The report cites corruption within the local Police Force and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). However newly-appointed Police Commissioner Winston Felix is praised for doing his best to eradicate corruption within the force.
Interdictions and seizures of drugs being sent from Guyana to the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean increased significantly last year. But the report states, the economic, political and social conditions in the country make it a prime target for narco-traffickers to exploit as a transit point.