GDF, APNU discuss narco-terrorism, drug trade

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Wednesday met with a  delegation from APNU during which narco-terrorism and the drug trade were discussed.

A release from the GDF on Monday said that Chief of Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips received a courtesy call from a delegation of the Parliamentary Opposition, headed by Brigadier (ret’d) David Granger. Other members of the delegation were Members of Parliament Joseph Harmon and Winston Felix.

The GDF receiving team comprised Deputy Chief of Staff Colonel Khemraj Persaud and other senior staff officers.

From left are APNU’s Joe Harmon, GDF Chief of Staff Mark Phillips, Leader of the Opposition David Granger APNU MP Winston Felix and Deputy Chief of Staff Colonel Khemraj Persaud. (GDF photo)
From left are APNU’s Joe Harmon, GDF Chief of Staff Mark Phillips, Leader of the Opposition David Granger APNU MP Winston Felix and Deputy Chief of Staff Colonel Khemraj Persaud. (GDF photo)

The GDF release said that discussions centred on the new dimension of narco-terrorism and the volume of drugs being shipped through Guyana. According to the release, the APNU team highlighted its concern about the holistic nature of smuggling in Guyana as it relates to fuel, drugs, gold and wildlife.

“They also registered their concern with the involvement of the Italian Mafia having Guyanese connections in cocaine trafficking, and its impact on the security of our senior government personnel and leaders”, the release said.

It added that the opposition team also voiced concerns over the absence of an effective Drug Strategy Master Plan and the “inability of the authorities to maintain a viable counter-narcotic scheme.”

To this end,  the release said that APNU expressed an expectation that the Guyana Defence Force would lead the Joint Services in the effort against narco-trafficking.

The release said that the opposition delegation also stated their support for the recapitalisation of the GDF  in the acquisition of aviation , maritime and land transport assets to combat narco-trafficking. It assured the Force’s leadership of its support for the  GDF’s budget in the National Assembly

“The Chief of Staff re-iterated to the Leader of the Opposition that any new Drug Strategy Master    Plan must be covered by the enabling legislation promised by the soon to be enacted Anti-Money Laun-dering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act. In this regard , the Opposition Leader committed himself to the support of the passage of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-ing the Financing of Terrorism Act in the House of Assem-bly”, the release further said.

More in Local News

default placeholder

Twenty communities identified for anti-crime measures under IDB programme

Twenty communities in five regions of the country and including large parts of the capital city have been identified for anti-crime measures under an IDB-funded programme.

Obina Hendricks

Man sought over drug trafficking at airport

Obina Hendricks ‘aka Hiney’ is wanted by the police for questioning in relation to ‘Trafficking in Narcotics’ on July 11, 2016, at the Eugene Correia International Airport, Ogle, the police say.

Carlton Chaitram, Tameshwar Jagmohan and Jairam Chaitram, 17, being escorted out of the Mibicuri Police Station.

Cops to charge trio over Black Bush murders

Police are preparing to charge a farmer, his teenaged son and an employee with last week’s  brutal Black Bush triple murder.

default placeholder

Over 100 passport applications received from NY weekly

Over 100 passport applications are being received from New York alone on a weekly basis and this has placed pressure on the Central Immigration and Passport Office, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix says.

default placeholder

Granger defends hiring former army officers for civilian posts

President David Granger “sees nothing wrong” with the appointment of retired or serving military officers to civilian posts and maintains that the appointments are being made based on competence.

David Outar

Co-worker charged with murdering Gafoor’s manager

A co-worker of murdered Gafoor’s manager Terry Lackhan was yesterday remanded to prison after being charged with killing him. In a city courtroom that was packed with Lackhan’s relatives and police, David Outar, 24, of 369 Foulis, East Coast Demerara, was not required to plead to the charge, which stated that on July 21, at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, he murdered Lackhan during the course or furtherance of a robbery.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: