Gambia seizes 1.2 tons of cannabis

2010-08-26 07:13

Banjul - Gambian authorities said on Wednesday they had seized 1.2 tons of cannabis and arrested six people, including three Senegalese nationals, in a raid outside the capital Banjul.

"The seizure took place (on Tuesday) night following a tip-off by villagers that some Senegalese and some Gambian nationals were engaged in illegal drug trafficking," said senior drug enforcement officer Ibrahima Camara.

The raid took place in the village of Foni, some 40km from the capital.

The west African country has been targeted by Latin American cartels as a transit point for trafficking drugs, mostly cocaine, to Europe.

In June, Gambian and British police seized more than two tons of cocaine worth about $1bn in a small fishing village - a record haul for West Africa.