Narcotic Officer Testifies in Drug Trial

Narcotic Officer Testifies in Drug Trial

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Sainey Ceesay, a narcotic officer stationed at Bureng narcotic office, last week testified as second prosecution witness in a drug trial involving Momodou Jallow before a Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

Jallow is standing trial on one count of being in possession of 16g of suspected cannabis which the prosecution said was recovered from his compound at Dingirai village in the Lower River Region. He  denied the allegation.

In his testimony, the witness told the court that they received information that the accused is dealing in suspected cannabis and a team of narcotic officers were dispersed to his residence.

He said when the arrived at the accused person’s compound, they met him sitting with one of his friend Muhammed Jallow.

He said they introduced themselves to the accused and told him that they would like to conduct a search on him and his friend but nothing was found on them.

The witness added that a further search was conducted and a brown paper was recovered containing 13 wraps of suspected cannabis at the back of the accused’s bathroom.

He told the court that the accused person denied ownership of the suspected cannabis. According to the witness, another wrap was later recovered in the accused person’s room which, he said led to him and his friend’s arrest. He said during a further interrogation, the accused admitted ownership of the cannabis.

The witness told the court that he was later assigned to write the cautionary and voluntary statements of the accused person which he did and explained the wording to him in wollof.

Under cross-examination, the witness said the substances were recovered in the presence of the accused and that the he wrote the statement according to what the accused told him with regards to the suspected cannabis.

Hearing continues on 5th December.

by Meita Touray