Gambia makes large cocaine seizure

Gambian authorities seized nearly three tonnes of cocaine from a shipment of industrial salt that had originated in Ecuador, a spokesman said late last week.

It was reported to be one of the largest ever cocaine seizures on the west coast of Africa.

The 118 bags of cocaine were discovered on Thursday January 7th during a search of a container shipped from the port of Guayaquil in Ecuador and through Algeciras in Spain, said Ousman Saidybah, a spokesman for Gambia’s drug enforcement agency.

Saidybah said the drugs were not intended for local consumption.

“This seizure is yet another confirmation that the Gambia, like other West African states, continues to be a storage and transit route for cocaine by international organised criminal groups,” he said.