Arresting officer testifies in free health care drugs theft

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March 12, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Detective Police Constable 10170 Mohamed Kamara on Tuesday testified against four accused persons who were allegedly found in possession of eight hundred and seventy-six (876) cartons of Class A, B and C free health care drugs.

Constable 10170 Kamara, who is attached to the Fraud Syndicate at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), told the court that on 23rd January this year while on duty he received information related to the accused persons and a vehicle with registration No. AJB 974 containing drugs and medical equipment, being property of the government of Sierra Leone.

The witness told the court that upon the information received, he and DPC 16215 Jusu E.L. boarded a motorbike and left for the scene, and that 10 minutes later, they saw the said vehicle coming from the west-end and heading for the east-end of the city.

“We pursued the vehicle up to an area called New London in the Yams Farm community, Western Rural, where we intercepted it along with the third accused,” the witness explained. “The third accused told me that he is only a driver who was hired by the second accused, and that the second accused was around. The second accused then appeared and upon his interrogation, he stated that he was the owner of the vehicle. I then asked him for the documents of the consignment but he told me the owner of the drugs will provide the documents later.”

The witness further stated that on arriving at the Rokel police post, the vehicle was checked and there were 138 cartons of hand gloves and 300 cartons of Class A drugs. He said two additional personnel were assigned to accompany the second accused and the drugs to the CID headquarters in Freetown for further investigation.

The witness said at the CID, the first accused was identified as the owner of the drugs.

“The matter was then assigned to the investigation officer at the CID for further investigation, and the exhibit was handed over to the Exhibit Clerk for safe keeping,” Constable 10170 Kamara further told the court.

It could be recalled that the accused persons – Isatu Jalloh alias ‘Iye Fullah’, Alhassan Bah, Abu Bakarr Sultan and Abdulai Hassan Kamara – were arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.2 presided over by Magistrate Albert J. Moody on four counts of conspiracy to commit a crime contrary to law, possession of Class A, B and C drugs contrary to Sections 17 and 59 of the Pharmacy Drugs Control Act of 2001.

According to police prosecutor, Inspector M.K. Dumbuya, the accused Abdulai Hassan Kamara on Thursday 22 January 2015, at the United Commercial and Petty Traders Union headquarters store at Ferry Junction in the east of Freetown, stored a total of 438 cartons of Class A, B and C drugs.
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The prosecution also alleged that the accused persons, on Friday 23 January 2015 along the Freetown-Waterloo highway, were arrested in possession of 138 cartons of IV Gelofusine 500 milliliters, 200 cartons of 60 milligrams of Atesunate injections, and 100 cartons of examination gloves (Nitile).

The matter was adjourned to today for further hearing.