On 23 October 2017, a Nigerian, Gozie Udoka Isaacs, was alleged to have been in possession of 50 palettes of cocaine at the Lungi International Airport. The accused was charged with six counts ranging from Transporting Prohibited Drugs, Importing Prohibited Drugs among others, contrary to Section 7 (b) of the National Drugs Act of 2008.
On Thursday 18 January 2018, the accused appeared before Magistrate Albert Moody of the Freetown Magistrate Court 1. Testifying in Court, Detective Police Officer, Ali Mansaray, of the Transnational Organized Crime Unit, said that on the date in question he was on duty when the accused was arrested and brought by Detective Police Inspector Patrick Sesay and Sergeant Idriss Sesay from the Lungi International Airport.
According to the witness, the accused was handed over to him together with the 50 palettes of a white substance suspected to be cocaine, one black bag, a Nigerian passport bearing the name of the accused and travelling certificates.
Mansaray noted that he handed over the exhibits to the Exhibit Clerk, DPC Bangura M.N., for safekeeping.
The witness underscored, “I was informed by the analyst that the said substances were cocaine. On the same day, myself and DPC 1344 Andrew Ironko obtained voluntary caution statement from the accused.”
He emphasized that in October, he wrote to various Ministries, Departments and Agencies including the Immigration Department to get adequate information about the accused, and 25 October he received from the Security Sierra Leone Limited biometric details of the accused.
Mansaray said on the same date the substance was finally tested in a lab at the Connaught Hospital and proven to be cocaine.
The accused was represented by Julian Cole and Magistrate Moody remanded the accused at the Male Correctional Centre and adjourned the matter 1 February 2018.
By Mohamed J. Bah
Friday January 19, 2018.