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Guinean woman arrested for smuggling fake drugs

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By Omar Bah

A 45-year-old Guinean woman was recently apprehended by security personnel at Nyamanar border post with dozens of illegal fake drugs she was trying to smuggle into the country.

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The regional customs manager in Basse, Buba Ceesay said Fatoumata Lamarana Jallow was caught by his customs officers and staff of the medical control agency at URR, during their routine screening of vehicles coming from Guinea.

He said Madame Jallow is currently helping the Basse police in their investigations.
“Fatoumata’s arrest reflects the strong collaboration between the regional security personnel,” he said.

He said the security personnel posted at the country’s borders will continue to do their best to ensure that criminals using the borders are brought before the law.
He said his personnel are responsible for screening vehicles and everything entering into the country to ensure that people in possession of illegal items are apprehended.
The regional health director and head of medicine inspection, Lamin Ceesay said the seized drugs are not only fake but the woman doesn’t have authority to import medicine into the country.

Also speaking on the matter, the URR governor Fanta BS Manneh said all security personnel posted at the border should remain vigilant to ensure the country’s borders remain safe.
She also expressed delight at the strong collaboration between the sister securities in the region. “We will continue to discuss how best we can tackle the importation of fake drugs through our borders,” she noted.

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