James G. Singh has been appointed to head the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) with effect from October 1, 2008. Singh was selected from among a number of persons who applied for the post and were interviewed.
According to a press release from the Home Affairs Ministry, Singh has a Diploma in Public Safety and Security Management from the University of Guyana, an International Diploma in Business Management–Cambridge International College, and a Diploma in Electronics Engineering from the De Vry Institute of Technology, Toronto, Canada.
His responsibilities will include controlling the operations of the CANU according to the Laws of Guyana, relevant policies, procedures and standard operational procedures laid down by the Administration, and will be subject to the general guidance of the Minister of Home Affairs.
Earlier this year, several operatives on the unit, including former head Orville Nedd, were sent home after they failed polygraph tests.
We believe that Nedd was really targeted by the Government because the agency was in possession of information pointing to a drugs for weapons trade prosecuted by smugglers operating across Guyana's borders.
Nedd had actually spoken out about the information with SN And sources had told SN newspaper that a particular criminal gang (the Phantom Squad) operating in Guyana had benefited from this trade, with a number of high-powered weapons being supplied to the gang in exchange for cocaine.
We understand that the President was so pissed, he even told a close friend that Nedd had stepped too far and should have informed the Government first before going public.
So Nedd has been added to the pool of heads that rolled because the President was not pleased with the way his crimminal enterprise was being threated.