EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: A personnel of Gambia’s anti-drug agency; National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have confirmed to Eye Africa TV of the Agency’s seizure of cocaine drug at the Banjul seaport that was addressed to a Lebanese food company in the country call Laura’s Food Company Limited, on Monday.
The personnel could not give further details about the seizure but Gambian-US based online Freedom Newspaper Monday reported that owners of the drug were Lebanese nationals, as gathered from sources familiar with the story.
The Company is said to have its offices in Picton Street in the capital, Banjul and Latri-Kunda Sabaji.
The critical online Newspaper also reported that the company that claim to be engaging in sugar, meat and fish cereal business activities, ordering some of its goods from Mexico was registered during Gambia’s former Dictator Yahya Jammeh’s rule.
Gambia has been reported to be one of the busiest drug smuggling route in West Africa for traffickers from mainly North American countries like Mexico.
In 2010, tones of drugs, including cocaine were seized by anti-drug agents at a ware house in a small village of Bonto in the West Coast Region of the country, some 49.9 kilometer from the capital, Banjul by foreign nations, including Mexicans and Nigerians.
In March 2015, eight staff of Business Company Shyben A. Madi and Sons Limited were charged before a superior court in the capital, Banjul for trafficking hard drugs which was seized by anti-drug agents at the company’s office in Kanifing.
They were accused of conspiring to commit an offence of aggravated drug trafficking by importing 49 kilograms of cocaine.