Gambia destroys 2 tons of Euro coke

2013-03-05 07:38

Banjul - Gambia's government on Monday held a public destruction of more than two tons of cocaine worth about one billion dollars seized in the West African nation in 2010.

The ceremony, carried out in the presence of diplomats from Britain, the United States, France and Taiwan, saw the burning of 2 190.5kg through an incinerator donated to the Gambia government by the British High Commission in Banjul.

"Ever since the advent of my government in 1994, I had consistently made it clear that my government would never be a party to any kind of social ill that has the potential of wrecking the future of the citizens of this country, especially the youths," President Yahya Jammeh said in a statement.

The cocaine was seized in 2010 in a joint operation between Gambian police and the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

The seizure of the cocaine, which was bound for Europe, led to the arrest, prosecution and jailing of eight foreign nationals including Venezuelans and Dutch.

  • frankvankaapstad - 2013-03-05 07:54

    Well done, this is great news. Most people that use cocaine seem to think it is okay because they feel it is their right to decide what they put into their bodies. What people don't realise and think about is how incredibly destructive the supply chain is that takes cocaine from South America to it's final destination, be it Europe, America or South Africa. All along the way there is murder, bloodshed and intimidation. Every gram of cocaine is tainted with the blood of both innocent people as well as gangsters killed in drug wars and smuggling operations. The only way to stop this is to stop the demand, ie people have to stop using it. Governments cannot win the war on drugs and stop the senseless killings, society has to change the way they view drugs. Even if you only use drugs occasionally without becoming addicted you are still contributing to the death of innocent people all along the supply chain.

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