The suspected illegal drugs police seized from the fugitive soldier

A serving soldier of The Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) suspected of drug trafficking shot at law enforcement officers as he fled a drug raid.

The fugitive soldier identified as Nuha Conteh opened fire after being arrested with a bundle of cannabis, an illegal drug, by officers of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG). 

DLEAG spokesman Ousman Saidybah said during a routine stop and search at the Kalagi Check Point they discovered the illegal drugs hidden in a paint bucket.

Mr Saidybah said the bucket was seized and the passenger, who identified himself as a soldier, was arrested. 

He added that as he was being escorted to the officer in command the suspect took out a pistol “fired a shot into the air to pave a way for his escape. Later, a search was conducted but he could not be traced.”

Police have launched a manhunt and warned the public not to approach him.

The Gambia Armed Forces spokesman has been contacted for comment.

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