Suspected cannabis was found under the accused bed, Witness tells court

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

One Ebrima Sisaho, a narcotic officer stationed at the Jarra Soma Police station yesterday testified as the first prosecution witness in a drug case involving one Paul Mendy, before Magistrate Lamin E. Bittaye of the Kanifing Magistrates’ court.

In his testimony, Ebrima Sisaho informed the court that the said suspected cannabis was found under the accused person’s bed.

According to him, on the said date he joined a taskforce to patrol around Jarra Soma and others places.

He said they went up to pipeline at Mansankoko main road where he and his team saw a compound gate called Touray Kunda, they got into the compound and sensed the smell of cannabis around that side.

They went inside the compound, he stated, adding that at the last house of the compound they knocked the door but no one answered and they decided to break the door and enter.

He narrated that they met three boys lying down on the floor and they conducted a search but nothing was found in their possession.

They then proceeded to the bedroom where they found two multi colored bags both containing suspected cannabis, he explained.

The bags were opened in presence of the household and they asked of the ownership, Paul Mendy, the accused, accepted ownership, he said.

At that juncture, the witness said, Paul was arrested and taken to Jarra Soma Police station for further actions.

The accused, Paul Mendy, was said to have in his possession 325g of cannabis sativa on 24 August 2017, at Jarra Soma, in the Lower River Region without a valid license.

NCA3 Jarju, the representative of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency applied for an adjournment to enable them brings the second prosecution witness to testify.

The application was granted and the case was adjourned until 28 December 2017.

Author: Isatou Ceesay Bah