Officers of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency has seized 502 blocks of hashish and a gun during a drug raid at Old Yundum and Brusbi Phase One.
The agency said in a statement “Personnel of DLEAG’s West Coast, Kombo North Divisional Command on Sunday 20th December 2020 successfully interdicted huge quantities of cannabis resin (hashish) at old Yundum and Brusbi Phase One respectively.
“This seizure happened after 48 hours of diligent undercover operation. Notably, the seizure of 502 blocks weighing 225 kg (760g) of hashish is unprecedented and a landmark in the history of the agency and the Gambia.
“Ebrima Bittaye while in the company of Ousman Kanteh was nabbed with eight blocks that he came to collect from one of the trucks parked inside a property located at Old Yundum.
Subsequently, operatives discovered 396 blocks concealed in 11 wooden pallets in a green Scania truck with Registration Number KM 7989 C parked in the same property.
“Further probing into the matter, operatives recovered 98 blocks at a residence in Brusbi Phase One.
“One Sedia Ndow occupies the said property.
“Initial investigations linked a Person of Interest who fled our jurisdiction. OCRTIS, our counterpart in Senegal clutched him in Dakar on Tuesday 29 December 2020 and handed him over on Friday 1 January 2021.
“Prior to this landmark seizure, the special operation squad of DLEAG seized 26 blocks of cannabis resin (hashish) weighing 12kg 150g at the residence of one Mr. Bai Modou Njie.
“Mr. Njie is a Gambian, male and a resident of TAF Brufut Gardens on Thursday 10 December 2020.
“Similarly, operatives recovered a pistol with five live rounds from him. Initial findings revealed that the hashish seized from Mr. Njie was sourced from the consignment of hashish seized on 20 December 2020.
“Investigation into the matter continues while, Mr Ousman Kanteh (male, 30-year-old), Mr Sedia Ndow (male, 28-year-old), and Mr Ebrima Bittaye (male, 52 years) are helping officers with the investigations.”
Reporting by Adama Makasuba