Tuesday, November 29

DLEAG operatives arrest man with suspected cocaine

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By Mustapha Jarju

Operatives of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency have arrested Kemo Saidy, a 40-year-old Gambian man with suspected cocaine at Bar and club in Senegambia.

“Some of the night clubs, bars, restaurants and joints within the Senegambia strip are used as hubs to deal in and openly abuse prohibited and controlled drugs. It is rather unfortunate that some of the proprietors and managers of these places promote these nefarious activities as means of promoting their businesses, attracting more customers and increasing their market share and profit margin irrespective of the devastating consequences on society and the nations at large.

“While some of the entrepreneurs operating around these areas heeded to our call and implemented stringent measures aimed at ensuring that their business environments remain safe, secure and conducive. There are some who are still heedless and hell-bent on promoting their businesses by encouraging and entertaining prohibited activities and criminal related behaviour and conduct,” the Drug Law Enforcement Agency said.

According to the Drug Law Enforcement Agency, it has in the past apprehended several suspects with varying types and quantities of prohibited and controlled drugs ranging from ecstasy, skunk, diazepam, heroine etc from some of the bars and restaurants.

“The owners were advised to ensure that they put in place adequate measures to prevent and discourage such illicit activities within their business premises because the consequences remain highly devastating on very young youth who end up getting hooked and addicted to these drugs.  On the 7 April 2022, DLEAG’s Kanifing Municipal Command apprehended one Kemo Saidy with one pallet and two wraps of suspected cocaine at Secret Bar and Club around 21:40 hours GMT Onwards. These Bar and club is located near Britannia in Senegambia.

“He is a 40 years old Gambian resident of Sanchaba and he claims to be a businessman by occupation.  He is presently in custody while investigations continue.  The agency will continue to target those identified to be the dealers and suppliers. We will therefore be grateful for any lead and information about the rings, networks and syndicates supplying highly potent drugs to our youth. It is a collective effort and any information is vital and relevant.”