By Nelson Manneh
Ousman Saidybah, the Spokesperson of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency-Gambia (DLEA-G), over the weekend informed Foroyaa that Agency’s Sensitive Investigations Unit took into custody seven suspected drug traffickers and dealers who were apprehended at different locations within the Greater Banjul Area. The suspects he said were arrested with various quantities of alleged cocaine, suspected cannabis resin (hashish) and suspected cannabis ruderalis (skunk).
Saidybah said four of the suspects are Gambians, with one Sierra Leonean, One Conakry Guinean and one Bissau Guinean national.
“36-year-old Saikouba Bangura who is a Sierra Leonean; 39-year-old Bakary Jaiteh a Gambian and 37-year-old Lamin Njie also a Gambian were apprehended with one block of suspected cocaine in Bijilo on the 15th of May 2022,” he said.
At Brusubi, he said 40-year-old Gibril Beyai a Gambian and 38-year-old Ebrima Saidy also a Gambian were nabbed on the 10th of May 2022 with one pack of suspected cannabis ruderalis (skunk).
PRO Saidybah said 38-year-old Mohamed Lamin Kaba, a Conakry Guinean national also was nabbed on the 15th of May 2022, with 168 pillets of suspected cannabis resin (hashish) in Kololi.
“At the Giborro border crossing point, 42 year old Tony Silva, a Bissau Guinean national was also arrested with four small transparent nylon bags filled with suspected cocaine on the 13th of May 2022, and the said suspected cocaine was concealed inside his underwear,” he said.
He said all seven suspects have been taken into custody while operatives further probe into their matters.
Saidybah said the management of the Agency uses the opportunity to assure the public of its
commitment and resolve to fulfill its mandate as provided for in the DCA 2003.
Furthermore, he said management wants to make it clear that it will not be distracted or frustrated by any form of clandestinely calculated smear campaign, misinformation or disinformation; that every genuine and sincere Gambian and non Gambian alike residing in the country, is encouraged to complement Government’s effort and partake in keeping children, youth and drugs apart.
“Our collective safety and security should be the responsibility of all and sundry because drugs respect no boundary of one race, income, religion or political affiliation,” Saidybah concludes.