Gov’t renews ‘zero tolerance’ policy on drug trafficking


By Maimuna Sey-Jawo

The director general of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEAG) has reiterated Government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on drug trafficking and related crimes, telling those involved in the trade ‘your days are numbered’.
Bakary Gassama was speaking at the opening of a two-day forum organised to sensitise young people on the dangers associated with illicit drug trafficking and related crimes.
He also warned those harbouring these dealers that “either the law will catch up with you or you will become a victim of your own doing and architect of your own destruction”.

He said: “Every patriotic and genuine person knows that illicit drugs have no place in any decent society. Its effect and impact on various spheres of life and society is enormous.”
Daniel Amankwaah, project coordinator of the Ecowas drug unit, said the severe impact illicit drugs have on health, development and peace and security have been well documented.


“According to the 2017 World Drug Report, about 19,000 people die every year due to illicit drugs use. It is necessary to note that this is not the end of the story, the problems caused by substance abuse also have rippling effects on families and communities and the nation as a whole,” Amankwaah disclosed.