In cannabis sativa matter…


Constable testifies against Inspector, Sergeant

January 22, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Police Constable 9874 Memunatu Malica Turay attached to the Transnational Organised Crime Unit at Murray Town, Freetown, yesterday testified against her colleagues, an Inspector and a Sergeant, and a truck driver.

The trio is alleged to have been in possession of 19 knots of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis, and eighteen-and-half bags of charcoal.

In her testimony, the Police Constable told the court that on 16 December 2014 while on duty, a case and enquiring file together with three accused persons – Inspector Francis Dumbuya, Sergeant Hassan Sesay and Ibrahim Kamara – and 19 knots of suspected cannabis plus eighteen-and-half bags of charcoal, were handed over to her by Head of Drugs, Inspector Sanu, for further investigation.

She told the court that the exhibits were handed over to the Exhibit Clerk for safe keeping, and that on 18 December the second and third accused persons were interrogated and statements obtained from them.

She said the accused were again interrogated on 24 December, while a sample was sent to a forensic expert to test and ascertain whether the suspected dry leaves are cannabis.

She said the test came out positive, thus the accused persons were arraigned in court and charged with four counts of unlawful possession of drugs and having drugs under their control, contrary to section 48(1) of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act 2001.

According to police prosecutor Inspector J.M. Sanjah, the accused persons were arrested on 16 December at the Mathoir Ebola check point in the Yoni chiefdom, Tonkolili district while in possession of the aforementioned quantity of cannabis without lawful authority.