By Bekai Njie
Officials of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia have arrested at least 10 people in connection with the discovery of over 250kg cannabis from a bunker in the bushes near Sibanor village in the West Coast Region (WCR).
Cocaine was also discovered, operatives say.
Ousman Saidybah, the agency’s spokesperson has confirmed the development saying the suspects are currently under custody as investigation continues.
One Lamin Touray, a native of Brikama Darsilameh was arrested with 160kg of suspected cannabis. He is alleged to be one of the biggest cannabis smugglers within the Greater Banjul Area (GBA), Mr. Saidybah said.
He added that Mr. Touray was recently acquitted and discharged with similar drug case before a court of law. He stated that two other Senegalese were nabbed with 16 and 6 kg of suspected cannabis respectively.
He said four other suspects were arrested after a hot pursuit using a taxi to smuggle more than 38 kg of suspected cannabis.
“We will use all measures necessary in making the country free from drug related issues and Drug Control Act will be enforced to the country later without prejudice, fear or favour,” he said.
A lady was arrested using a metal box to traffic 36 kg of suspected cannabis. “Our agents are doing everything thing possible in ensuring that no one transports cannabis or other related issue in the country.”
A Nigerian and a Gambian national were nabbed with some suspected quantities of cocaine. However, he added that other Gambians were also nabbed with over 30 kg of suspected cannabis in the Kanifing Municipality, saying half ton of suspected cannabis is under seizure.