Three Gambians, Malian arrested with drugs


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, DLEAG, has announced the arrest of four persons in possession of various quantities of illicit or controlled drugs.

It follows raids in areas notorious for open drug abuse and dealing, in the Kanifing Municipality and Banjul.

According to the DLEAG, one Amadou Conneh, a Malian national resident in Tallinding was arrested in Kololi on 28 October 2021 with 80 sachets of Clonazepam, a controlled drug.

With each sachet containing 10 tablets, it came to a total of 800 tablets.

Kebba Bah, a Gambian resident in Banjul was arrested on 28 October in Banjul Half-die with 52 wraps of suspected cocaine.

The Suspected Drugs

Kemo Jaiteh, another Gambian resident in Manjai Kunda was arrested on 31 October at Kololi Queens Head with 37 tablets of Clonazepam.

One Isatou Bah, also a Gambian resident in Dippa Kunda, was arrested on the same day at Sports Bar in Kololi, with 39 tablets of Ecstasy, and seven wraps of skunk Cannabis.

All suspects are reported to be in custody, as the agency investigates their cases.

“We take this opportunity to remind those concerned with the management of premises, that pursuant to section 40 and 41 respectively of the DCA 2003, it is an offence to permit drug dealing activities within those premises.

“They must, therefore, within their capacity put in place adequate measures to ensure that such premises or business are drug free.
“We have in the past invited owners of popular joints, bars and night clubs known or suspected to be used for such activities.

“Discussion centered on measures and strategies aimed at preventing or curbing the open abuse or dealing in drugs within those premises.

“We enjoin them to adhere to those recommendations, and also ensure that their premises are drug free.

“Finally, let it be clear that we will not relent in executing our mandate within the ambit of the law and laid down standard operational procedures.

“Anyone found wanting will be dealt with accordingly”, the DLEAG declared in a news release seen by TAT.

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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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