By Adama Tine
Personnel of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) made a major breakthrough as they arrested Ousman Jatta, alias Eto, who has been described by the agency as a renowned drug trafficker, Mamos Media has been reliably informed.
The principal suspect, Ousman Jatta, together with his wife Mariama Jallow were arrested with 64 packs of suspected cocaine weighing 4.5 grams over the weekend. They are currently under the custody of narcotic officers as investigation into the matter deepens.
Mr. Jatta was arrested by personnel of DLEAG in the West Coast Region (WCR) who conducted the operation as the war on drug and its related activities intensify in the country.
The agency’s spokesperson Ousman Saidyba, who was contacted for comments on the matter, confirmed the development to Mamos Media saying: “The position of the agency is very clear. We will neither falter nor relent in our quest to bridle drugs from our societies. The success of our resolve, however, depends to a great extent on a concerted effort of all stakeholders.”
Narrating how the incident happened, Saidyba said the suspected cocaine was wrapped in a transparent nylon bag and concealed in a sofa with the wife sitting by it. “The officers were, however, very suspicious of her conduct after profiling her. She was then asked to get up in order for them to conduct a search. After a search was conducted on her, the cocaine was later discovered. Thereafter, both of them were arrested and charged with possession of prohibited drugs for the purpose of drug trafficking.”
Saidyba described Ousman Jatta as “a notorious drug dealer” and that he is no stranger to anti-narcotic officers. He said Jatta has in the past been convicted for drug trafficking related offences and that he is presently being tried for similar offences.
“The activities and conduct of Ousman Jatta and his likes were such that they became a nuisance, a burden and a threat to the peace, stability and development of the community of Brufut and its surrounding. He was the principal suspect alleged to be dealing in drugs and influencing all forms of vices in the community. It got to a point when the community had it at neck level and elders decided to write to the authorities about their conduct and illegal activities,” he further said.
Saidyba said a meeting was convened after which strategies were put in place to net him and tackle all forms of crimes in the community. This strategy, he said, paid dividends as Jatta is today in custody and those who do not heed their advices will become architects of their own destruction.
“We hope that justice will be served in his case. We must all have a common understanding that some of these people are a threat to humanity and human existence. People, who do not want to add value to their communities, are totally not interested in the spillover effects of their conduct and actions.
“People who are remorseless of the social upheaval of their conduct and action care less about the number of people who might become addicted to their illicit products or become psychotic as a result of abusing them, commit heinous crimes while under the influence of illicit substances, drop out from school, develop severe health complications, fatal road accidents as a result of driving under the influence of substances, among others,” he also said.
He argued; “All what they care about is their ill-gotten wealth. Well, let such people and their patrons, cronies and facilitators know that such ill-gotten wealth will be of neither benefit to them in this world nor in the hereafter. Justice awaits them in the nearest future either in this life or next. You cannot engage in doing something causing harm to people and society and yet still expects to have peace. That is the height of deception.”