Bissau Guinean arrested with cocaine at airport

Monday, October 01, 2018

Operatives of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) have arrested one Braima Buaro, a Bissau Guinean national with suspected cocaine at the Banjul International Airport, The Point has been informed.

The spokesperson of the DLEAG, Ousman Saidybah, has confirmed the development to our reporter. The suspect, he said, was arrested with 104 pillets which was concealed in a small hand luggage black in colour at the airport. He is currently under our custody as investigation into the matter continues.

PRO Saidybah added that the suspect, Braima Buaro, entered through the Giboro border post in Kombo East District, West Coast Region, saying that he was believed to be heading to Portugal.

“We will continue on our efforts in making the country free from drugs and its related issues. However, the collaboration of the general public in stamping out the menace is of paramount significance.”

Saidybah said illicit drug abuse and trafficking continue to pose serious threat to national development, socio-cultural and religious lifestyles and values. Therefore, we will not relent our efforts in combating all forms of drug related issues in the country.

It could recalled that, Bakary Gassama, the director general of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) has once hinted that The Gambia could be a target of Drug Trafficking Organisations who are taking advantage of her strategic location to both South America and Europe as a drug trafficking route.

He said there are indications that the country can be used as a transit point for drugs coming from South America and some parts of Africa to the targeted markets in Europe and U.S.A. “Therefore, it is imperative to prepare well in terms of both human capacity and equipment to respond adequately to the illegal and clandestine activities of these organisations.”

Author: Momodou Jawo
Source: Picture:Braima Buaro