Georgetown (Guyana) (AFP) - The United States is taking its escalating fight on regional drug barons to Guyana, American ambassador Brent Hardt said Thursday.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is setting up an office to help local authorities in the Caribbean country, a former British colony neighboring Venezuela that is used as a transit point for cocaine trafficking.
"There is definitely a shift to this region as we work closely with Mexico and Central America to tighten up some of the areas there, so this does have a strategic purpose, in the sense that the flows are increasing and there is a need to boost our presence and engagement in the Caribbean," said Hardt.
The DEA has already begun shifting equipment to the American embassy, where the office will be housed.
President Donald Ramotar said: "I would like to make our country totally inhospitable towards those who try to use it for trafficking drugs."