President Barrow has taken a hard line against drug traffickers after the seizure of 3 tonnes of cocaine at Banjul port, the largest drug bust in The Gambia.

The president said the country would not be used as a transit point for drug traffickers and warned offenders that they would face the full force of the law.

Government spokesman Ebrima Sankareh said on Friday that “President Barrow unequivocally condemned drug abuse and trafficking, and declared zero tolerance for traffickers.”

“During Monday’s National Security Council (NSC) briefing, His Excellency, President Adama Barrow directed The Gambia’s Security Chiefs to immediately constitute a ‘Multi-Agency Taskforce’ that shall conduct a robust, thorough and impartial investigation into the case and ensure that all legal means are utilized in bringing the culprits to justice,” Mr Sankareh said. 

Gambian authorities have issued an international arrest warrant for the suspect Banta Keita who fled to Senegal after 3 tonnes of cocaine valued at D4.5 billion were seized at Banjul ports. 

Mr Keita and his accomplice Sheriff Njie have already been charged with three counts of drug trafficking. 

Njie is currently remanded at Mile Two Central prison. 

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