By Adama Tine
A 29-year-old Gambian man has been arrested with suspected bundles of cannabis in Sutukoba village, Upper River Region (URR), according to the Gambia Drug Law Enforcement Agency (DLEAG).
The agency said their operatives at Basse station “nabbed the suspect with four big bundles and six plants of the suspected drug last Sunday. The agency said three big bundles were concealed in a multi-coloured bag and the other big bundle was concealed in a multi-coloured poly bag.
According to the agency, all four bundles were discovered in a store in the compound. Also, six plants of suspected cannabis sativa were cultivated in a bathroom in his backyard,” the agency also alleged.
“The suspect is charged with being in possession of a prohibited drug for the purpose of drug trafficking contrary to section 43(4)(e) of the Drug Control Act (DCA) 2003, a conduct which also contravenes the provision of section 36 (1) of the DCA 2003.”
The agency said it is an offence and illegal for anyone to grow any plant from which a prohibited or controlled drug can be obtained except in compliance with section 36 (2) of the DCA 2003.
“Section 36 (1) of the DCA 2003 prohibits a person from cultivating any plant from which a controlled drug or prohibited drug can be obtained except in compliance with 36 (2) of the Act while Section 36 (2) on the other hand permits the Minister of Interior on the advice of the Agency to specifically authorize any educational or research institute or any establishment or public laboratory engaged in research work to cultivate for scientific, experimental, or didactic purposes plants from which controlled drugs may be obtained.”
Section 36 (3) further states that the specific authorization referred to in subsection (2) shall state which plant may be cultivated and their quantities, as well as other conditions and restrictions the Minister on the advice of the Agency, may deem necessary, it further said.
“Similarly, a 19-year-old Gambian was arrested onboard a commercial vehicle heading somewhere within the Gambia with four big bundles of suspected cannabis sativa. The bundles were concealed in a multi-coloured traveling bag, according to the DLEAG.
This is the second time, in less than a week, that the DLEAG operatives arrested persons suspected of cultivating cannabis sativa.