Gambia: Alleged Cocaine Dealer Arraigned

One Mam Badou Sowe, a resident of Banjul was on Monday 26th November 2012 arraigned before Principal Magistrate Hilary Abeke of the Brikama Magistrates' Court on two counts of criminal offences, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

On count one, the accused was charged with being in possession of prohibited drug, contrary to Section 35 of the Drug Control Act. The particulars of offence stated that on or about 8th August 2012 at Primet Street in Banjul the accused had in his possession one gram of cocaine, a prohibited drug, thereby committed an offence.

On count two, the accused was charged with dealing in prohibited drug contrary to the Laws of The Gambia. The particulars of offence revealed that on or about 8th August 2012 at Primet Street in Banjul the accused used and acquired one gram of cocaine, a prohibited drug, thereby committed an offence.

When the charges were read to the accused person, he pleaded not guilty. However the presiding Magistrate Abeke granted bail to the accused on count one in the sum of D300, 000 with sureties who must have a title deed but in respect of count two the accused was not granted bail and was ordered to seek bail from the High Court.

The case was adjourned to 1st December 2012.

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