British, Senegalese nationals arrested for growing suspected organic cannabis


This is the second biggest discovery by the anti-drug law agency involving a British national.

The suspects, Leon Washington Thayard Hall, a British and Abdul Majid Baldé, a Senegalese national from the southern troubled region of Casamance, were doing nefarious activities at Brusubi Tranquil where Mr Hall is resided and also rears poppies as a cover-up.

The suspects also occupied a house at Brusubi Phase 1 extension where they grow suspected organic cannabis which is also known as scorn, discovered by the drug law officials.

The kingpin suspect, Mr Hall, was arrested at a restaurant by the officials after he was found with some quantity which led to further investigations at his residence at Brusubi Tranquil, a notorious hideout for drug dealers.

The suspects, who are also trustees of a charitable foundation called Hand on Africa, have been rendering humanitarian assistance to many underprivileged in the country which has gained recognition.

The spokesman for the drug law enforcement agency, Lamin Saidybah briefed journalists about the next step in their investigations.

“This is another achievement for the agency in its strive to ensure the country is drug-free. We will continue to monitor with support from the public and with relevant and timely information to track the activities of the drug dealers and their hideouts,” Mr Saidybah vowed at the crime scene on Sunday.

Globally, drugs have become a major challenge, and nations around the world are putting up strict laws as a mechanism to control its negative effects, however, most countries have also decriminalized certain quantities of cannabis sativa for medical purposes and economic growth.

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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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