Inspector of Police, Alimamy Kargbo and Abu Bakarr Sow, were both granted bail after they were arraigned before Magistrate Hannah Bonnie at the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 1 on Pademba Road in Freetown, on the 27th January 2020, facing allegations of transporting cannabis-sativa. They were charged with conspiracy to transport a prohibited drug contrary to Section 15 of the National Drug Control Act No. 10 of 2008. They were also charged with aiding and abetting the commission of an offence contrary to Section 15 of the National Drug Control Act No. 10 of 2008. Police alleged that the accused Police officers between 4th and 6th September 2019, at Mange in Port Loko District, transported to Guinea, a prohibited drug; 306kg of cannabis sativa. Police allege that Kargbo, on the same date, aided and abetted Sow to transport a prohibited drug, 306 kilograms of cannabis sativa, without lawful authority. According to a police witness, Police Inspector Isaac Koroma, he was on duty at the Mange police check point around Port Loko, Kambia highway, when he received a tip that a Hyundai vehicle was stock with cannabis sativa heading for Kambia. Koroma said he immediately intensified searches around the checkpoint but could not find the vehicle.
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Inspector Isaac disclosed that since the vehicle in question was not found, he instructed other police personnel to patrol the vicinity. At around 4 a.m, the personnel called him to say that they had seen the vehicle. Koroma said he immediately proceeded to the location and found the vehicle and the second accused, Sow, sleeping inside of it. “The vehicle was stocked with dried leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa. Koroma revealed that himself and the Local Unit Commander of Mange Police Station, Chief Superintendent of Police, Madisson Sesay, visited the location where the vehicle was parked. The vehicle was later taken to the Regional Headquarters. Koroma said he later made a statement at the Trans National Organized Crime Unit. Another police witness, Abu Bakarr Bangura, said he also received intelligence that a vehicle was carrying cannabis sativa. He and some other police personnel embarked on a search and were able to find the vehicle parked in a compound and found the first accused (Kargbo) who claimed to have arrested the second accused (Sow). Inspector D.A. Taylor prosecuted the matter and neither accused were represented by a lawyer during the trial. The second accused, Sow, denied knowing both witnesses and argued that he was meeting them for the first time. Magistrate Bonnie adjourned the matter to 28th January 2020.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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