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Cannabis trial…

ASP, soldier denied bail again

NOVEMBER 13, 2014  By Haw Amara

A senior police officer, a soldier and four others caught in a cannabis trafficking syndicate were again denied bail yesterday and remanded at the Male Correctional Centre in Freetown by Magistrate Komba Kamanda.

The sextet includes Assistant Superintendent of Police Aruna Turay, Police Constable 14600 Samuel Hallowell, Mohamed Dumbuya (a soldier), Musa Tarawally, Abu-Bakarr Kamara and Santigie Bangura.

Defence counsels A. Sesay and H.M. Gavao made fresh applications for bail, but their request was turned down by the presiding magistrate.

They accused were allegedly found with seventy-seven bags and five bundles of dry leaves, suspected to be cannabis sativa, and subsequently arraigned at the Freetown Magistrates Court No.2 on three counts of possession of drug without lawful authority, having drug under their control without lawful authority and engaging in an activity for the purpose of an enterprise relating to drug without lawful authority, as well as the possession of drug, contrary to section 8(a) of the National Drugs Control Act of 2008.

According to the prosecution, the accused committed the offence 10th October 2014 at Konsho village in Makari-Gbanti chiefdom, Bombali district, being aided by a vehicle with registration No. AIH 573.

The matter was adjourned to 17 November, 2014.

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