Interior DPS: Gambia target for cocaine, heroin transit

Friday, June 29, 2018

Lamin Camara, the deputy permanent secretary at Ministry of the Interior has disclosed that The Gambia, like other countries in the sub-region, has been a target for the transit of illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Mr. Camara was speaking at the commemoration of International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Drug Trafficking (World Drug Day). The event was held at the President International Award (PIA) with the theme Listen; Listening to Children and Youths is the First Step to Help Them Grow Health and Safe.

He added: “The spillover effect will leave some of these drugs in the local market either as payment for services rendered or as a source of profit for the traffickers leading to local consumption.”

The government of The Gambia, he said, is highly committed to fighting against drug menace, saying this is demonstrated with the ratification and domestication of international convention and protocols relating to drug trafficking.

“The Gambia is willing to strengthen its bilateral and multi-lateral co-operation with source and destination countries of illicit drugs. The Gambia is further committed to supporting ECOWAS, AU and UN agenda on drug abuse and trafficking.”

The director general of DLEAG, Bakary Gassama, stated that the theme for this year’s celebration is both appropriate and suitable.

“Children and youth seem to be the most vulnerable group as regards the abuse of drug yet they remain prestigious to every nation. There is no doubt that young people constitutes the greater percentage of the world’s active work force in all productive sectors,” he said.

According to him, the UN General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

Dembo S.N. Sannel, director of Compliance at KMC, said this campaign was first launched in 2016, noting that the event was celebrated each year on June 26.

 The UN Office on Drugs and Crime, he said, use the commemoration to highlight the dangers of drug use and their illegal trade and provides educational materials to teachers and public officials all over the world. This, he said, would help spread the message about the extreme cultural and economic harm the trade in drugs is still doing across the globe, one hundred years after the war on drugs was initially launched in Shanghai at the beginning of the 20th century.

Author: Momodou Jawo