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3 Parcels of Cocaine Intercepted At Banjul International Airport 

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Banjul International Airport

By Buba Gagigo

The Drug Law Enforcement Agency of the Gambia (DLEAG) has announced the interception of 120 pellets and three parcels of cocaine, weighing a total of 2 kg and 400 g, at Banjul International Airport.

“DLEAG frontline operatives at the Banjul international airport acting together with Aviation Security on Saturday 1 June 2024 intercepted Abdourahim Diallo, holder of a Senegalese passport and a Spanish residence permit, at the cabin screening point during check-in for a Royal Air Maroc flight to Casablanca. The passenger’s final destination is Spain,” DLEAG said.

According to the DLEAG statement, officers noticed unusual behavior from a passenger during routine screening as he passed through the metal detector archway. Consequently, they isolated him for a thorough search. Upon conducting the search, it was found that he was concealing items on his person. Subsequent investigation at the DLEAG office led to the discovery of 120 pellets and three parcels of cocaine, totaling 2.4 kilograms.

“When he was searched, it was realized that he was carrying something on his body. Further search conducted on him at DLEAG office resulted in the discovery of 120 pellets and three (3) parcels of cocaine weighing 2kg 400g,” DLEAG said.

While acknowledging the successful interception as a testament to the effectiveness of collective efforts against organized crime at the airport, DLEAG emphasized the exploitation of air travel by criminals, prompting initiatives such as the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) by UNODC.

As a beneficiary country of AIRCOP, the Gambia has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to combating drug trafficking by air.

“This is evident by the seizures we continue to register from curriers who use and device various kinds of sophisticated concealment methods. Our achievements are yet another demonstration of not only the institution’s capacity to counter drug trafficking but also our commitment and determination to confront powerful criminal groups effectively using the mega resources at our disposal,” they said.

Additionally, DLEAG addressed a purported disinformation campaign against its officials, attributing it to criminal financing.

“This is a clear sign of a criminally financed endeavor. However, it is not unusual in counter-narcotics to see officials who stand against criminals being smeared to distract them from the very good course. We are not moved by such an idle campaign and wish to assure all Gambians and, indeed, our partners around the globe that DLEAG is stronger today than ever before. We remain focused on the mission and pledge our selfless service to our nation – the Gambia,” they said. 

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