Antinarcotics officers nab suspected trafficker from Casamance


Drug law enforcement operatives stationed in the West Coast Region have arrested one Pa Marong, a resident of Kiang Tendaba, with fifty-three (53) big bundles of suspected cannabis sativa. He was nabbed on 15 October 2021 around 23:25 hours GMT at Besse River crossing point.

His suspected accomplices Alagie Karamba of Kiang Tendaba, Lamin Sonko of Kiang Tendaba, and two (2) others are currently at large.

The said suspected drugs were all wrapped in cement papers and sellotaped. Twenty-five (25) bundles were covered with a yellow nylon bag and concealed in a blue and white bag, twenty-seven (27) bundles were covered with yellow plastic and seven (7) bundles were covered with a blue plastic bag and concealed in a white and blue bag. The suspects used two motorcycles to convey the said drugs en route from Casamance.

In a similar but separate development, operatives in the Kanifing Municipality also arrested one Ousman Jawara, a Gambian, and a resident of Tujereng with one (1) bundle and seventy (70) parcels of suspected cannabis weighing two (2) kilograms four hundred and fifty (450) grams. He was clutched on 18 October 2021 around 12:15 GMT at Tujereng, West Coast Region.

He is currently in custody while investigations into the matter continue.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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