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Police Testifies In Drug Matter


Police Testifies In Drug Matter

By Jane B. Mansaray…………….
Detective Police Constable (DPC) 9548 M.B.Sesay yesterday testified before Magistrate Komba Kamanda of court No. 2 in a case of alleged possession of drugs without lawful authority involving two police officers, one military officer and three civilians among others.
The six accused persons included Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Aruna Turay, Constable Samuel Hallowell, Mohamed Dumbuya military personnel, Musa Tarawallie, Abubakarr Kamara and Santigie Bangura. The accused were late in October 2014 arraigned in court on four counts of possession of drugs without lawful authority contrary to section 8(a) of the national drugs Act No. 10 of 2008, engaging in an activity for the purpose of presenting an enterprise relating to drugs contrary to section 10(d) of the national drugs control Act No. 10 of 2008 and other related charges of the same.
In his testimony before court, DPC 9548 Sesay said he recognised the accused persons and recalled on the 10th October 2014 at Konsoh village check point Pamlap police division. While on duty at the said check point the first accused ASP Aruna Turay who is the opts officer and second accused DPC 14609 Hallowell met him at the check point in their private jeep ACP 373. He instructed him (Sesay) to collect bags of charcoal from a truck with registration No. AIH573 and he (Sesay) allowed the vehicle to move without checking.
After handing over the bag of coal his immediate boss Sgt 2277 Bangura ordered the truck to be checked but said through the influence of the opts officer and the third accused, the military officer allowed the truck to go together with the 1st 2nd. and 3rd accused.
Sgt 2277 immediately ordered him together with OSD officers to chase the truck and arrest it. He said at the scene of the crime where the truck was arrested he met the first and second accused with an unidentified person.
DPC9548 Sesay said that the first accused asked him to take it easy as he had interest in the truck in question but said he insisted on the arrest during which the two accused escaped.
He said an unknown person who he could not indentify approached him with a bribe of one million five hundred thousand Leones which he said he refused. He said his boss later arrived at the scene of crime and arrested the vehicle together with the accused persons. DPC9548 told the court that he was later on called to make statement in relation of the matter.

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