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Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement Country Program: Guyana


Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
January 20, 2009

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Challenges

Guyana is a transit point for cocaine destined for North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. Direct shipments of narcotics to U.S. markets is minimal. The Government of Guyana (GOG) has, thus far, achieved few of the original goals of its National Drug Strategy Master Plan (NDSMP) for 2005-2009. Minimal cooperation among law enforcement bodies, weak border controls, and limited resources for law enforcement have allowed drug traffickers to move shipments via river, air, and land without meaningful resistance.

U.S. Counternarcotics Goals 

  • Help strengthen the rule of law and increase the effectiveness of the judicial system

U.S. Programs

U.S. policy focuses on cooperating with Guyana’s law enforcement agencies, promoting good governance, and facilitating demand reduction programs. U.S. Government (USG) counternarcotics support includes provision of equipment and training to Guyana’s under-equipped, inexperienced counternarcotics agencies, including the Guyana Police Force (GPF) narcotics branch and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU). The USG also plans to help bolster the work of Guyana's Financial Intelligence Unit and facilitate prosecution of financial crimes.

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