(Issue, Monday, August 22, 2016)
Sgt Cherno Mballow, a police officer attached to the Mandinaba Police Station, recently testified in the trial involving one Bubacarr Baldeh, accused of being in possession of suspected drugs (cannabis).
In his testimony, officer Mballow told the court that on 25 March 2015, he was at the checkpoint together with NCA3 Ansu Jammeh, a narcotics control officer.
They received tip-off information that there was a vehicle with registration number 0827 coming towards Brikama, and that there was a boy in the said vehicle wearing a black shirt and having a black bag, which was containing suspected cannabis.
Upon the arrival of the said vehicle at the Mandinaba checkpoint, it was stopped by him and NCA3 Ansu Jammeh and CPL Samateh.
ANC3 Jammeh went inside the vehicle and, under the seat of the accused person, there was a black bag containing four bundles of suspected cannabis.
He asked the accused person, Bubacarr Baldeh, who owned the said bag, and the accused denied being the owner of the black bag.
There was a lady inside the said vehicle, who confirmed to the officers that the accused was the owner of the said bag.
The accused was arrested, and the bag was searched in the presence of the accused person, who was later taken to the drug squad office.
At that juncture, prosecutor O.S. Jallow applied to tender the black bag and the four bundles of suspected cannabis before the court, which was admitted without any objection from the accused person, and it was marked as an exhibit.
The case continues.