British High Commission presents NDEA with incinerator and vehicle to assist counter narcotics work in the Gambia
At a ceremony yesterday morning (24th October), the British High Commission presented to The Gambian National Drugs Enforcement Agency (NDEA) a specialised incinerator to enable the NDEA to safely dispose of confiscated drugs in The Gambia. The incinerator (built and designed in the UK) will give the NDEA the capability to destroy large seizures of drugs such as the two tonnes of cocaine seized in The Gambia in 2010 in a joint operation between UK and Gambian law agencies.
In addition to the incinerator the British High Commission also presented to the NDEA a 4X4 vehicle which will enable the NDEA to tackle the problem of drug trafficking in the hard to reach up-country regions of The Gambia.
The event which took place on Wednesday morning at the HOLGAM office in Kanifing was attended by representatives from the British High Commission, the Director General of the NDEA Mr Benedict Jammeh, senior NDEA staff and representatives from the Office of the President.
Speaking at the event, Deputy High Commissioner George Sherriff said –
“Providing the NDEA with a specialised incinerator will enable them to safely dispose of illegal substances and help create a safer Gambia and safer UK by countering the drug traffic routes which run into Europe.
The donation of a 4X4 vehicle should help increase NDEA’s operational scope in stemming drug trafficking which has consequences not just for this region of West Africa but for Europe and the wider world.”