Marijuana remains the most trafficked drug in Guyana with the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) seizing approximately 2200 kilograms of cannabis during the first six months of 2022. That illicit drug is followed by cocaine.
Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU), James Singh, in his mid-year report disclosed that during the first quarter of 2022 (January-March), over 2000 kilograms of cannabis was seized compared to 110 kg seized during the same period last year. He noted that the seizures in the first quarter of 2022 marked a 179.8% increase.
The amount of cocaine seized also increased by more than 100%.
According to the CANU Head, 49.2 kg of cocaine was seized in the first quarter of 2022, compared to 7.5 kg during the same period in 2021.
Mr Singh said given the decline in the COVID-19 pandemic, the anti-narcotic unit increased its operations in an attempt to suppress the illicit trade.
“These operations in Guyana yielded a total of 2,127.5437 kgs of narcotics derived for Regions 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10. The highest narcotic seizures were recorded in Region 4, accounting for 51 percent of total narcotic seizures for the period, with cannabis accounting for 28 percent and cocaine accounting for 23 percent of total seizures. Region 6 accounted for 38 percent of the total seizures, with cannabis accounting for 100% of all seizures made in this region,” the CANU Head explained.
Regions 2, 3 and 10 accounted for 11 percent of the total seizures during the first three…