Major breakthrough for DLEAG in 502 cannabis resin seizure, 3 arrested

Jan 13, 2021, 10:52 AM | Article By: Momodou Jawo

Operatives of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency, The Gambia (DLEAG) have made a major breakthrough as narcotic officers advanced a “historic” seizure of 502 cannabis resin blocks, with three suspects currently under arrest; The Point has been reliably informed.

The suspects are currently under the custody of the agency as investigation into the matters continues. A source familiar with the matter confirmed to The Point that one of the suspects was arrested with a pistol with five live rounds.

The country’s narcotic agency is currently making headlines, as personnel last Thursday made a record seizure of nearly three tonnes of cocaine from a shipment of industrial salt originating from Ecuador, amounting to over US$88 million. It is reported to be the biggest ever cocaine seizure in the country by the narcotic agency.

The 118 bags weighed a gross 2tonnes, 952kg, and 850g. The cocaine was discovered on Thursday during a search of a container shipped from the port of Guayaquil in Ecuador and through Algeciras in Spain, and then to the country.

Ousman Saidybah, who was contacted for comments on the latest cannabis resin seizure, confirmed the development, while confirming that the seizure was historic.

PRO Saidybah explained: “After about 48 hours of surveillance and undercover activities, personnel of the DLEAG attached to West Coast Regional Command on Sunday 20 December, 2020, successfully interdicted 502 blocks of cannabis resin (hashish) weighing 225 kg (760g) at old Yundum and Brusubi Phase One respectively.”

Explaining how the drug seizures happened, Saidybah said: “Eight (8) blocks were seized from the possession of one Ebrima Bittaye, while he came with Ousman Kanteh to collect them from one of the trucks parked inside a property located at Old Yundum. Meanwhile, 396 (three hundred and ninety six)  blocks concealed in eleven (11) wooden pallets placed on a green Scania truck registration number KM 7989 C parked in the same property and subsequently ninety eight (98) blocks recovered at a residence in Brusubi Phase One occupied by one Sedia  Ndow.”

Initial investigations, he further added, suggest that a person of interest linked to the case fled out of jurisdiction. However, Saidybah was quick to add that the suspect was subsequently arrested by DLEAG partner (OCRTIS) in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday the 29th December 2020 and handed over to DLEAG on Friday, 1 January 2021.

“This operation follows the seizure of 26 blocks of cannabis resin (hashish) weighing  12kg (150g) at the residence of Mr. Bai Modou Njie at TAF Brufut Gardens by a special operation squad of DLEAG Sensitive Investigation Unit on 10 December 2020.

“A pistol with five live rounds was also recovered from Mr. Njie. Initial findings revealed that the hashish seized from Mr. Njie is sourced from the consignment of the hashish seized on 20 December 2020. Both cases are currently being investigated.”

“Meanwhile, Mr. Ousman Kanteh (male, 30 years old), Mr. Sedia Ndow (male, 28 years old), Mr. Ebrima Bittaye (male, 52 years) and the said Mauritanian national are helping officers in the investigations.”