By Mafugi Ceesay
The Gambia police announced Saturday that its patrol team in Bundung apprehended one Yusupha Jambang, who was driving a yellow pickup truck belonging to the United Democratic Party.
According to the police, the driver failed to stop for checking resulting in pursuit and, while evading security check, he caused considerable damages to the patrol vehicle.
“Evidence of suspected cannabis were found in the vehicle leading to the arrest of the driver.
Since it’s a drug-related matter, the case has been handed over to the Drug Law Enforcement Agency of the Gambia for further actions.
Meanwhile, the traffic department of the police in assessing the damages caused to the patrol vehicle,” the police said. Meanwhile, the Drug Law Enforcement Agency yesterday confirmed to The Standard that the police handed over to them one Yusupha Jambang arrested on suspicion of possessing suspected cannabis.
“He was handed over with four wraps of suspected cannabis found in a black cross bag and some particles of suspected cannabis found in the car after it was searched in his presence.
Officers are probing into the matter as well as continuing with post-seizure measures and analysis of the seized suspected substance as provided for in the DCA 2003”, a statement from the agency stated.
“It has come to the attention of the United Democratic Party that one of our vehicles that was on maintenance at a mechanic workshop was last night intercepted by the police patrol team and bonds of cannabis were found with the driver.
The UDP wants to make it categorically clear that the driver at the time of the incident is not a member of the party but a mechanic tasked to repair the vehicle in question.
The United Democratic Party commends the Gambia Police Force for its continued vigilance in fighting crime and asks that a thorough investigation be done and the culprits punished for breaking the laws of The Gambia to the letter.
The UDP is disappointed that the mechanic betrayed the trust of the party by allegedly being in possession of cannabis while using our vehicle. The party is offering to cooperate with the police to make sure this matter is put to rest, and the UDP continues to strive for a crime-free Gambia,” the party reacted on its Facebook page.