Three personnel of the Gambia Armed Forces have been intercepted at the Mandinaba security checkpoint with cannabis sativa found in the pickup truck they were travelling with at the time of the police stop, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. The soldiers were also armed with AK 47 rifles. Police also found several hundreds of bullet rounds in the soldiers vehicle.
The soldiers tried to resist arrest, when approached by the personnel of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA). They fought with the arresting officers. One of the soldiers was taken into custody, while the remaining two fled with the vehicle containing the cannabis, and ammunitions.
The two fleeing soldiers were intercepted in Brikama by the police. Though, one of them managed to escape, leaving his colleague behind.
The police then arrested the soldier, and impounded the vehicle containing the illegal drug substance and ammunition.
The two soldiers are currently helping the NDEA in their investigations. One of the arrested soldier, is a native of Nuimi Brending. He was sacked from the army during dictator Yahya Jammeh’s rule on drug trafficking related offences. The soldier was reinstated after the fall of Jammeh. Now, he has found himself in another drug trafficking case.
The accused soldiers were travelling from the Foni end, when the police stopped them at the Mandinaba security checkpoint. The arrested soldiers work at the Yundum barracks.
The army spokesman could not be reached for comment at press time.
A security source have confirmed the arrest of the two GAF soldiers. Our source said the other soldier is currently at large.