Amat Bittaye, a narcotics officer attached to the Sibanor Police Station, recently testified in the trial involving one Omar Fadera, accused of being in possession of prohibited drugs (cannabis), at the Brikama Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Malafi Jarju.
In his testimony, officer Bittaye told the court that on 25 January 2016, he was on duty at the Sibanor Police Station when he joined the sister forces for vehicle checking on the highway.
While they were on the highway, a commercial vehicle registration number BJL 0827K blue in colour was seen coming from Kanilai highway, and the vehicle was stopped.
They conducted normal checking of the vehicle and he, the witness, saw the accused sitting in the middle seat inside the vehicle.
There was a black bag under the seat where the accused was sitting, and which was suspected to be containing suspected cannabis.
He asked the accused person who owns the said bag, and the accused person denied ownership of the bag.
The driver and the apprentice of the said vehicle confirmed that the accused person was the owner of the said bag.
The accused person was then escorted to the station together with the bag.
At the police station, the said bag was opened and a bundle of suspected cannabis was recovered. It was concealed in a cement paper wrapped with cellotape.
The accused person later confessed that he is the owner of the bag, and was subsequently cautioned and charged.
He later came to know that the accused person’s name is Omar Fadera