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Operation Bulldozer officer gave me heroin on credit, says witness

Aug 23, 2012, 9:22 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

One Vesna Faye Milosavljevic, first prosecution witness, on 22 August 2012 testified before Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court that Musa Sanneh, an Operation Bulldozer officer, gave her six stones of heroin on credit.

The accused, Musa Sanneh, was charged on three counts of abuse of office, corrupt practice and destroying evidence. He denied the allegations.

The witness, Vesna Faye Milosavljevic, told the court that she lives at Manjai, and is a retired nurse.

She knew the accused at the Operation Bulldozer office in Banjul, when on 8 August 2012 she met the accused at the Operation Bulldozer office.

She added that she asked the accused to help her with some heroin to use, further stating that the accused confirmed that he could help her.

The accused told her that he would call her to give her the heroin, and two days later, he called her. She then told him that whenever she was ready she would call him.

She called him two days later, and he went to her house with six grammes of heroin.

The accused gave her the heroin on credit to the tune of D9,000, she said, adding that she called him again the following day and asked him to bring a small quantity of heroin.

The following day, she went on, the accused came with two grammes of heroin to the tune of D3,700 on credit.

She paid the accused D12,700 on the same day, but minutes later, some police officers came to her house and arrested her and the accused.

She said the police officers were three in number, adducing that she and the accused were driven to the Operation Bulldozer office in Banjul.

She was asked to write her statement, and was later driven back home.

The second witness, Omar Corr, said he lives at Nemasu and is a lieutenant attached to the Operation Bulldozer office in Banjul.

He told the court that he knows PW1 and the accused who was working with him at the charge office in Serrekunda.

Corr testified that, on 10 August 2012 at the Operation Bulldozer base in Banjul, an intelligence report was received that a police officer had given 6 stones of heroin to one white lady by the name Vesna Faye Milosavljevic, and was supposed to collect a payment from the said lady on 11 August 2012.

An intelligence surveillance team was selected, of which he was a part, to watch the residence of Vesna Milosavljevic at Manjai Kunda.

On 11 August 2012, the surveillance team went to the area, and between the hours of 12 noon and 1 pm information was received that the said police officer was in the house of Vesna Faye Milosavljevic.

Corr further stated that the surveillance team moved to the house and stood by the main door, as one of the team jumped over the fence and entered through the back door, and met Musa Sanneh of the Operation Bulldozer charge office, who is the accused person, sitting with Mrs Vesna Faye Milosavljevic on a settee side by side.

He testified that the surveillance team member announced to the accused and Vesna Faye Milosavljevic that they were under arrest, and asked them to join them in their vehicle which was parked at the gate.

Vesna Faye Milosavljevic was then asked whether she had any deal with the accused and she answered in the positive, stating that she had paid the accused D12, 700 being payment of the six stones of heroin that the accused gave her as a loan.

A search was conducted on the accused and the sum of D12, 700 was found in his possession, he said, adding that the accused and Vesna Faye Milosavljevic were escorted to the Operation Bulldozer base in Banjul and handed over to the Operation Bulldozer charge office for further investigation.

Meanwhile, the accused was granted court bail of D500, 000 with two Gambian sureties.

The case was then adjourned to 29 August 2012.

The particulars of offence on count one stated that on 11 August 2012, at Manjai Kunda and diverse places in The Gambia, the accused, Musa Sanneh, being employed in the public service of The Gambia, sold drugs (heroin) to Vesna Faye Milosavljevic for the purpose of gaining money which he knew or had reasons to believe was against the function of his office.

Count two stated that on the same day he received D12, 700, being the proceeds of drugs (heroin) that he gave her.

And count three read that at the Operation Bulldozer base in Banjul, he unlawfully took drugs from the exhibits store and sold it to Vesna Faye Milosavljevic, knowing same to be exhibits.