Partnership to fight illicit drugs coming through the mail

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Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio, Chief of Staff Tony Babauta, and Washington D.C. Liaison Madeleine Bordallo met with officials from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on October 7 to discuss drug interdiction efforts in Guam. From left: David Bowers, Deputy Chief Inspector, USPIS; Tony Babauta, Chief of Staff; Robert Wemyss, Deputy Chief Inspector, USPIS; Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio; Madeleine Bordallo, Washington D.C. Liaison; Richard Sheehan, Assistant Inspector in Charge, USPIS. (Adelup photo)

Adelup has announced a new partnership between the Guam National Guard (GUNG) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) to fight illicit drugs coming through the mail.

Under the partnership, mail potentially containing illicit substances will now have to contend with additional scrutiny provided by a military intelligence analyst from the Guam National Guard.

According to Adelup, the new partnership is the result of the 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.

“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.”

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