DLEAG nabs man with 41 bundles of cannabis

The Alleged Suspect, Ebrima Sonko

The Gambia’s Drug Law Enforcement Agency, DLEAG, has arrested a man with 41 bundles of the illicit drug cannabis. The seizure was made Tuesday (26 October) morning near the Gambia College in Brikama in the West Coast Region, it announced in a press statement. 

The agency identified the man as Ebrima Sonko, a Gambian male, who was on his way to the Kombos from Foni. The accused was in a Mercedes Benz when he was arrested, and the drug was concealed in the booth of his car. It added that he was wearing a military camouflage trousers and cap and posing as a soldier.

“We take this opportunity to reiterate the call for non-serving members of the armed forces to desist from wearing military paraphernalia, including clothes, trousers, bags etc. The Gambia armed forces has on several occasions issued statements warning people to desist from selling, buying and or wearing military or military-like kits, materials and equipment.”
The agency said the man is in custody, and will be investigated and prosecuted for the drugs-related offence. “Subsequently, he will be handed over to The Gambia armed forces for appropriate action.”

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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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