March 12, 2015 By Hawa Amara
A police Exhibit Clerk attached to the Transnational Organised Crime Unit, Detective Police Constable 9490 Mohamed Bangura, yesterday tendered in court 11 bales and 8 bundles of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa, allegedly retrieved from three accused persons – Gassimu Jalloh, a businessman; Ibrahim Koroma, a military officer; and Osman Mansaray, an ex-soldier.
The trio are standing trial at the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 presided over by Magistrate Komba Kamanda on three counts of unlawful possession of cannabis sativa contrary to section 48(1) of the Pharmacy and Drugs of 2001, having drugs under their control without lawful permission, and engaging in an activity for the purpose of promoting an enterprise contrary to section 8(a) and 10(d) of the National Drugs Control Act of 2008.
In his testimony, Constable 9490 Bangura told the court that on 19 February, 2015, while on duty, one Detective Police Constable 1344 Andrew delivered to him 11 bales and eight bundles of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa for safe keeping as exhibit.
He said he took possession of the exhibit and entered details in the court exhibit book against serial No.4/2015, and has since being in his custody. The said cannabis sativa was tendered in court as Exhibit A1 to 11 and B1 to 8.
Also, Detective Sergeant 12039 Ibrahim Gandi, attached to the Interpol office in southern Sierra Leone, told the court that the case of unlawful possession of cannabis was reported to the station and assigned to him for investigation.
He said that on 18 February, 2015, he and DPC 15455 Bendu obtained voluntary statement from the accused persons.
Sergeant 12039 Gandi stated that during the cause of their investigation, the senior crime officer took control of the military ambulance which contained the large cache of banned drugs.
He said the matter was later transferred to Criminal Investigation Department headquarters in Freetown for further investigation, before the accused was charged to court.
The matter continues on 18 February.