By Omar Bah
The Drug Law Enforcement Agency of the Gambia has announced the arrest of a 32-year-old Senegalese with eleven wraps of suspected heroin and four stones of suspected cocaine.
Pape Salifu Dia was apprehended in Banjul on Sunday.
In a separate development, DLEAG also announced the arrest of Elem Onyekachi Chidozie, a 36-years-old Nigerian in Kunkujang with one parcel of suspected cannabis sativa, ten pieces of suspected cannabis resin (hashish) and eight tablets of suspected clonazepam.
The suspects are detained helping the DLEAG officers in their investigations.
DLEAG had earlier expressed concern over the increased usage of drugs among young people in the country.
“It is disappointing and disheartening that people, especially relatives, will be aware about their kinsmen is involvement in illicit activities and wouldn’t make any effort to address it. On the contrary, they will do everything humanly possible to ensure that such people are shielded and not brought to book. We must understand that it is our collective responsibility to ensure that our societies are safe and secure,” DLEAG said.
The agency added: “We are losing youths with high potentials and prospects to drugs. Children as young as 12 sit at joints within our communities abusing drugs all day long. No one dares to address them for fear of the disrespect they will receive from them. The agency continues to receive a countless number of complaints and reports from the public regarding drug related activities and open drug abuse.”