230 million people globally use illicit drugs

Friday, November 09, 2018

The spokesperson of Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEAG), Ousman Saidybah, has said that globally, an estimated 230 million people use illicit drugs with almost 300, 000 of them dying annually.

Mr. Saidybah made this statement on Tuesday at Tango, during the official launching of Journalists Against Illicit Drug Trafficking, Abuse and Organised Crime (JAIDTOC), at Tango.

He further said that there is high suspicion that The Gambia like many other West African countries continues to be used as transit for the trafficking of cocaine and heroin from South America and Asia, cannabis originating from Cassamance region of Senegal and Methamphetamine from Nigeria.

He added that it is also suspected that the sea and air borders are mostly used to traffic these drugs, adding that cannabis from Cassamance enters the country through the land borders and in some instances use of small canoes at sea or rivers.

Giving the national seizures statistics from 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2017, Mr. Saidybah revealed that cannabis sativa seizure was 1 ton, 538kg, 525g, 392mg in 2012 while in 2017, it rose to 2 tonnes.

Author: Arfang M.S. Camara