DLEAG dismisses officer arrested with 4 suspected bags of cannabis

Apr 17, 2020, 2:07 PM | Article By: Momodou Jawo

Sergeant Lamin Sima, an officer of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) who was recently arrested by personnel of the Anti-Crime Unit of The Gambia Police Force (GPF) with four suspected bags of cannabis at Penyem village, West Coast Region, has been dismissed from the agency, The Point has been reliably informed.

The spokesperson of DLEAG, Ousman Saidybah, confirmed the development to our reporter, saying “Sergeant Lamin Sima has been dismissed from the agency effective yesterday for conduct in contravention of the DLEAG code of conduct.”

He added: “Lamin Sima, will be charged with possession of prohibited drugs for the purpose of drug trafficking in contrast to section 43 (4)e of the DCA 2003 and any other issue that might arise and any such matter contravened.”

The suspect, he added, has also been granted bail in adherence to his constitutional right; to be either arraigned or granted bail. “However, the matter is still being investigated and he will be surely arraigned accordingly.”

It could be recalled that Lamin Sima, was earlier arrested by personnel of the Anti Crime Unit with four suspected bags of cannabis. Meanwhile, two other suspects who were with the principal suspect are believed to be on the run.

The suspect Mr. Sima  was once arrested by the agency after a complaint was lodged against him.  “Investigations were conducted and the Professional Standards Disciplinary Committee (PSDC) of the agency recommended that the suspect be demoted from the rank of Chief Inspector to Sergeant and be given a warning letter.”

DLEAG spokesperson was earlier quoted as saying; “let me emphatically make it clear that DLEAG will not entertain any misconduct and will deal with anyone who is involved in drug related activities or anything that will tarnish the image of the agency.”

“Nobody is above the law and the general public is therefore urged to report any kind of activities especially on drug related issues involving its officers. We will continue working with our sister security apparatus to make the country free from drugs and crimes.