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Guyana airports are having drug lapses

Published:Monday | July 12, 2010 | 12:22 PM

Authorities in Guyana have confessed that the local drug-fighting set-up is not effective.

The aviation minister, Robeson Benn, said only about 10 per cent of cocaine that leaves the country is detected locally.

The government last week began a security review after US officials made a report about a large number of cocaine-filled suitcases from Guyana were seized in American cities.

One suitcase at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in May contained fifty pounds (twenty kilograms) of cocaine.

Benn said that if this continues to happen it will be a strong indication that they are only seeing ten per cent of what goes through.