Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Musa Jarjue of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Monday gave his evidence in the ongoing trial of one Abdou Jammeh who is accused of drug possession before Magistrate Blessed at the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.
In his testimony, ASP Jarjue told the court that while he was on duty at the Talinding police station sometime in May 2016 he received tips about an alleged drug dealing involving the accused person and he acted on the said information.
He said accompanied by some other drug law officers, they visited the accused person’s residence. When they arrived there, he said, they met the accused person and introduced themselves to him as drug law officers and that they wanted to conduct a search on him, which he consented to. Having conducted a search on the accused and in his house, the witness said, they found nothing.
The officer said a further search was conducted within the premises of the accused person’s residence which led to the officers’ recovery of two big bundles of suspected cannabis from the toilet roof and the accused acknowledged ownership of them. He said this led to his arrest and detention at the Talinding police station, where statements were recorded from him in the presence of an independent witness.
During cross-examination by the accused, the witness said he could not remember who among the drug officers picked the two bundles of suspected cannabis from the toilet roof and denied the accused person’s allegation that he was detained for six days. He insisted the accused was detained for only three days before he was released on bail.
The case will continue on 7th November 2016.
by Sanna Jawara