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The Guyana government says it will do whatever is required to deal with the illegal drugs trade here after the authorities discovered a submersible vessel allegedly being used by drug smugglers in the North West region of the country.
“We will spend whatever is necessary; I can’t say that we will spend unlimited amounts. We have limited resources, and we have competing areas that we want to put our money into. Already we are spending quite a bit on security and we will continue to spend money to fight against crimes and criminal elements, if there is need to spend more money in the fight against drugs, of course we will do that,” President Donald Ramotar told reporters as he responded to the discovery of the vessel.
Ramotar said that there was need for international cooperation to deal with the illegal smuggling of drugs, adding that the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had been contacted and would be working with their local counterparts in the investigations.
“What we have done at the moment is that we have secured the place and we are going to move in with our own experts and the DEA people to examine so that we can have a better picture of what has taken place, what is there and have much more information on this matter in the not too distant future,” he said.
No one has been detained in connection with the discovery of the 65-feet long and 12-feet wide fiberglass vessel that was found by law enforcement officials including members of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU).
President Ramotar praised CANU and the other security services for the discovery of the vessel that is believed to have been constructed locally.
He said he expects to receive a full report on the matter within a few days.