|UK High Commissioner David Morley handing over the drug testing kits to Director General of NDEA Samba Gajaja (Photo Credit: James Philips)|
David Morley, the British High Commissioner to The Gambia, on Wednesday presided over a donation of 200 drug testing kits to The Gambia National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDEA.
The kits, handed over to the NDEA at its headquarters at Pipeline, are intended to help the agency with its drug detection work across the country.
The UK High Commission also donated a specialised incinerator to the NDEA in March 2013 to help them safely destroy seized drugs within The Gambia.
In June 2010, the first public manifestation of The Gambia being a major transit point for drug cartels was the discovery and seizure of more than two tonnes of cocaine worth over US$1 billion at Bonto, a village in the Kombo East District, West Coast Region.
Mr Morley said on August 14 the chemical testing kits are a donation from the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) which has been working with the NDEA over for a number of years.
He is confident that the drug testing kits will help the NDEA in their attempts to locate and destroy drugs found in The Gambia.
|Cocaine bust, estimated to worth $1 billion, June 2010, Banjul (Photo Credit: NDEA)|
The UK and The Gambia have shared objectives in eradicating drugs found within The Gambia, much of which is bound for European markets, according to the diplomat.
“I know the SOCA look forward to a continued good relationship with the NDEA and are keen to hear about future NDEA successes,” he noted.
Drug traffickers are said to have made the tiny West African nation of The Gambia a major transit point for drugs destined for Europe and America due to the country’s “porous borders” and “weak judicial system”.
A June 2, 2012 controversial report of the Global Commission on Drug Policy argued the war on drugs has failed globally, and suggested that the decriminalisation of narcotics like marijuana can help weaken organised gangs.
Written by Modou S. Joof
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