EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Gambia’s anti-drug Agency has on Thursday announced the interception of 48 blocks of cocaine buried in a 40foot sugar container at the Banjul Sea Port.
Deputy Spokesperson of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Yasin Ndimbalan said the container in which the hard drug was found was collaboratively shipped in by a Mauritanian business man.
Seedy Muhammed, she said bought the consignment from a Lebanese food company called Laura’s Food Company Limited.
Gambian-US based online Freedom Newspaper on Monday reported that owners of the drug were Lebanese nationals, with offices in Picton Street in the capital, Banjul and Latri-Kunda Sabaji.
“According to the bill of landing, the container was addressed to Laura’s Food Company which is a registered company in The Gambia dealing in various types of food stuff since 2016. The drug was detected during offloading of the container at the sea port in Banjul,” Ndimbalan said.
She said initial search on the shipment found 26 blocks of cocaine after which additional two bags containing ten and twelve blocks of the drug was recovered.
“Another four bags of concealed cocaine were found containing 6, 20, 12 and ten blocks of cocaine”, she added.
Earlier reports indicated that the Lebanese company that claim to be engaged in sugar, meat and fish business, with some of its goods from Mexico, was registered during the Jammeh rule.
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The drug agency disclosed that one Ossama Mahmud owns 45 percent of the shares while Seaff Hussaine own 55 percent of the company. Both men are currently on holiday in Lebanon.
One Gambian, and a Lebanese are in police custody for investigation by narcotic officers.
Gambia has been reported to be one of new target routes for drug smuggling in West Africa for traffickers from mainly North American countries.
In 2010, tones of drugs, including cocaine were seized by anti-drug agents at a ware house belonging to foreign nationals in a small village of Bonto some 50 kilometer from the capital, Banjul.
In March 2015, eight staff of Business Company Shyben A. Madi and Sons Limited were charged before a superior court in Banjul for trafficking hard drugs at the company’s office in Kanifing.