Hagåtña, Guam – Thanks to efforts led by the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration, Guam is adding a new weapon to its war on drugs. Mail potentially containing illicit substances will have to contend with additional scrutiny provided by a military intelligence analyst from the Guam National Guard.
The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration is announcing a new partnership between the Guam National Guard (GUNG) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). This new partnership is the result of an aggressive federal mission in Washington D.C. led by Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio. Among the various officials and federal agencies Lieutenant Governor Tenorio, Chief of Staff Tony Babauta, and Washington D.C. Liaison Madeleine Bordallo met with last week, the team also engaged in discussions with USPIS Deputy Chief Inspectors David Bowers and Robert Wemyss, and USPIS Assistant Inspector in Charge Richard Sheehan.
“A couple of weeks ago we announced the repair of Customs and Quarantine’s X-ray machines and new drug detector dogs, and now we are securing an intel analyst who will be able to give us better insight and knowledge into how drugs are being smuggled through our postal service. Drug smugglers work every day to beat the safeguards we put in place. With this partnership, we are adding military-level training and expertise to our arsenal,” Governor Lou Leon Guerrero stated.
“This is a great step forward for our island and one of the surest ways to rid our streets of illegal drugs is to stop it at its source. But this is just one of many steps to achieving a drug-free island,” said Lieutenant Governor Tenorio. “I want to thank Inspector-in-Charge Rafael Nunez of the San Francisco Division and Guam National Guard Adjutant General Esther
Aguigui for recognizing this critical need and working collaboratively with us on this strategy. I have full faith in their abilities to carry out this mission successfully.”
“Our fine men and women of the Guam National Guard always stand ready to assist our island in any way we can,” noted Guam National Guard Adjutant General Maj. General Esther Aguigui. “We have had a great relationship with the FBI and I look forward to doing more work together to benefit our community.”