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US Ambassador visits NDEA cocaine store

Jan 10, 2012, 12:12 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The Ambassador of the United State of America to The Gambia, Pamela Ann White, yesterday visited the exhibits store at the agency’s office in Banjul, where two and half tonnes of cocaine worth more than one billion dollars seized last year by the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), are kept.

Ambassador Pamela White, accompanied by senior officials of the US Embassy in Banjul, was taken on a conducted tour of the store by senior officials of the NDEA and senior police officers including the Inspector General of Police, Yankuba Sonko.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the US diplomat’s visit, NDEA public relations officer ASP Abdoulie Ceesay told journalists that the ambassador wanted to view the exhibits store, where the drugs seized are being kept.

He said the US diplomat checked the drugs, and that everything was intact.

When asked by the journalists what was the reason or motive for the US diplomat’s visit to the exhibits store, PRO Ceesay said Ambassador White wanted to check the exhibits store to ensure that all the exhibits are intact, and also whether they are being properly stored.

He added that after the inspection, the Ambassador said she was satisfied with the way the exhibits were being kept.

According to PRO Ceesay, the Ambassador was very appreciative of the efforts of keeping the exhibits safely up to now.