Monday, October 1, 2012

Drug agency arrest suspected drug trafficker

News reports monitored on Gambia TV, GRTS revealed officials of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) have arrested and detained a Nigerian suspected of drug trafficking.

John Agwy, 32, who the NDEA described as uncooperative with investigators was arrested during the early hours of September 14, 2012 at the Banjul International Airport. He had flown into the Gambia on board an Arik Airliner from Nigeria.

Mr. Agwy who the narcotic agency said was on their watch-list was reported to have swallowed 72 pellets of cocaine. He had lived in Gambia for four years.

The spokesperson of the NDEA, Superintendent Abdoulie Ceesay said the suspect had earlier denied being in possession of any substance, but later confess to swallowing pellets of cocaine while under custody and observation. He later excreted the pellets of cocaine.

The narcotic operatives are eager to know the final destination of the suspected cocaine, hoping for more arrests, but lament the suspect is not cooperating at the moment. 

Drug history

In 2010, Gambia witnessed its biggest cocaine (more than two tonnes) bust at a warehouse in Bonto village in the West Coast Region which British forensic experts said worth over $1 billion.  

What is clear is that the proceeds of crime in the country are mainly derived from drug trafficking, bribery and corruption, the tourism industry, foreign exchange transactions, and other related acquisitive crimes.

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