Guyana and The Netherlands to have regular meetings to tackle drug trafficking

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Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn and Non-Resident Ambassador of The Netherlands to Guyana, Henk Ary Christian van der Zwan met to discuss ways the two countries can cooperate to fight drug trafficking

Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn and Non-Resident Ambassador of The Netherlands to Guyana, Henk Ary Christian van der Zwan, met on Friday, to discuss ways the two countries can cooperate to fight narco-trafficking.

Importantly too, at the meeting, the officials agreed that there will be regular meetings between the relevant agencies in Guyana and its counterparts in The Netherlands to tackle the issue.

Also in attendance were the heads of agencies that have responsibility for combatting the use and trafficking of narcotics. 

In late November 2021, a container with Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL)-made rum that originated from Guyana was discovered in The Netherlands to also contain more than 1, 100 pounds of cocaine.

Then in November last year, law enforcement officials in Belguim found 11.5 tonnes of cocaine in a container of scrap metal shipped from Guyana. The illicit drug carries an estimated street value of €900 million.

Ever since this drug bust, Guyana’s Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) has been looking for the shipper of the container, Marlon Primo.

Seized upon its arrival at the Port of Antwep, the cocaine shipment was described as “the largest overseas drug bust ever, worldwide”.

In August 2020, over  €300 million worth of cocaine was discovered in a cargo ship container from Guyana containing rice in the German port city of Hamburg. The drug, according to reports, weighed 1.5 tonnes.

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