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US to open DEA office in Georgetown to fight drug trafficking

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2016 | 2:05 PM

GUYANA

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- The United States Drug Enforcement Administration is opening an office in Guyana, a presence it's been seeking for more than a decade.

US Ambassador Perry Holloway yesterday said the office is expected to open Wednesday at the embassy in the South American country's capital.

DEA agents stationed in nearby Trinidad previously worked on Guyana drug-trafficking issues.

The US government has long said Guyana is a major transhipment point for drugs headed to the States and accused local officials of not doing enough to fight drug trafficking and money laundering.