29 June 2012

Gambia: Narcotics Officer Testifies in Court

Njagah Jarra, a narcotics officer Tuesday testified in the ongoing criminal trial involving the state against one Saikou Omar Jallow who isstanding trial for possession of prohibited drugs, He told the court that the accused was intercepted with 21 Sachets of diazepam and parcels of suspected drugs during his arrest.

Jarra, who is standing as PW2 before Principal Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates' Court said they received information from one accused person in their custody that the accused in the trial (Saikou Omar Jallow) has been supplying him with some cannabis. "Acting open the information, arrangements was made which I led the delegation to Latrikunda German were he lives upon our arrival, we laid an ambush waiting for the accused," he said.

The witness further told the court that when the accused was coming for his usual supply he was immediately intercepted and found with 21 sachets of diazepam tablets and suspected cannabis. He said they then proceeded to the accused person's house were some suspected cannabis and cash were recovered. "He was then arrested and taken to a police station and statements were taken," he added.

The PW3, one Saikou Sowe, also a narcotics officer attached to the same unit as PW2 said he was assigned to escort the accused to the weighing unit and medical and health laboratory where the said suspected cannabis was weighed, tested and later confirmed to be cannabis. He said the accused later thumb-printed the report and he countersigned. During cross-examination the accused denied the said cannabis saying he was forced to sign the report.

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