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Military officers remanded for cannabis

March 5, 2015 By Hawa Amara

Two military officers and a driver were yesterday remanded at the Male Correctional Center on Pademba Road for allegedly been found in possession of bundles of cannabis, known locally as ‘diamba’, without lawful authority.

The accused persons – Gassimu Jalloh, Ibrahim Koroma and Osman Mansaray – were arraigned on three counts of unlawful possession of cannabis contrary to section 48(1) of the Pharmacy Drugs Act of 2001, having drugs under their control without lawful authority, and engaging in activity for the purpose of promoting an enterprise relating to drugs contrary to section 8(a) and 10(d) Act No. 10 of the National Drugs Control Act of 2008.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused on Wednesday, 18 February, 2015 were found in possession of a large quantity of cannabis without lawful authority, and used a military vehicle with registration No.70-SL-79 for the purpose of promoting an enterprise relating to drugs at Fallah joint police and military checkpoint in the Kakua Chiefdom, Bo district.

In her testimony, Sergeant 8387 Jenneh Ansumana attached to the Operational Security Division at the Bo police station told the court that she was tipped-off about the accused by a patrol team commander while deployed at the Fallah checkpoint at around 1:15am on 18 February.

She said she alerted her colleagues at the checkpoint and barely 30 minutes later a military ambulance with registration number 70 SL 79 arrived at the checkpoint.

“I intercepted the second accused in order to ask what was in the ambulance and he replied that it was chlorine. I ordered the accused persons to open the ambulance but they refused. It was the patrol commander who was able to persuade the accused persons to open the ambulance and I saw bundles of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa,” Sgt. Ansumana explained.

The witness said the accused persons were escorted to the Bo police station by the patrol team commander.

Also testifying, Police Constable 9444 Dauda Samula Koroma attached to the CDIID in Bo, said a colleague by the name of Tejan gave him information about the accused persons, which prompted him to alert his colleagues at the checkpoint.

“About 4am, I received a phone call that the said military ambulance has been apprehended and has been taken to the Bo police station together with the accused persons. Upon my arrival at the station, I saw the second accused and the bundles of dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa,” he said.

The matter continues on 9 March.

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