Two Military Officers remanded for possession of Cannabis

By Salifu Conteh

The Principal Magistrate of Court No 1 in Freetown Magistrate Komba Kamanda has warned Prosecutors to present their witnesses in the next adjourned date for the progress of the matter which involves two military soldiers who were arrested at the Makali Ebola checkpoint for Unlawful Possession of 2 ½ (two and half) bags of substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa.

The accused Military Officers, Hassan Morlai Kargbo and Foday Turay, are presently incarcerated at the Pademba Road Male Correctional Center, answering to three count charges before the Magistrate. They were charged with the offenses of Unlawful Possession of Cannabis Ssativa contrary to Section 48(1) of the Pharmacy and Drugs Act 2001, Possession of Drugs without lawful authority contrary to Section 8a of the National Drugs Control Act No. 10 of 2008, and Engaging in Activity for the Purpose of Promoting an Enterprise without Lawful Authority contrary to Section 10d of the National Drugs Control Act No. 10 of 2008.

According to the particulars of offence, it alleged that the accused persons on the 28th December 2014 at Makali Ebola Checkpoint were found in possession of two and half bags of substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa.

On the second count, it reads that the accused on the said date and place had under their control drugs to wit Cannabis, and the third count starts that the accused persons were engaged in an activity to wit the use of one TVS unregistered motorbike for the purpose of promoting an enterprise relating to Cannabis Sativa.

The accused persons were unrepresented and the matter is being prosecuted by Police Inspector J.M. Sanjah.

Due to the absence of the witness, the Prosecution pleaded with the Court for an adjournment which was granted, but the Magistrate warned that in the next adjourned date the matter must proceed.

The matter continues on 9th February this year and both accused remanded in custody.

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