Guyana to receive US$500K for drug fight

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The Unired States has agreed to give the South American country of Guyana half a million dollars to help fight drug trafficking.


The amount is five times what Guyana received last year under the 2009 Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.


Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett says the money will be used to increase interdictions, seizures and eradication operations as well as to reduce drug-related violence.


The US government has repeatedly said Guyana is a major transshipment point for drugs headed to the US and has criticised local authorities for not doing enough to combat the trade and money laundering.


The agreement was signed late Monday.




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