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Sierra Leone News: Cocaine case goes to High Court

After four prosecution witnesses, Magistrate Santigie Bangura on Thursday 20th December 2018 committed the alleged cocaine deal involving Cyprian Anayo Ndefo, a Brazilian, to the High Court for trial. The Magistrate pointed out that the accused has a case to answer as evidence was presented against him during the preliminary investigations. According to the police, on 5th August 2018 at the Freetown International Airport, Port Loko District, Cyprian Anayo Ndefo was allegedly found with 35 pellets of cocaine weighing 0.6 kilogram. The police claimed that the accused imported the cocaine from Brazil into Sierra Leone aboard the KLM Royal Dutch Airline. He was arrested and charged with Conspiracy, Importation of Prohibited Drugs to wit Cocaine and Unlawful Possession of Prohibited Drugs contrary to the National Drug Control Act of 2008. During his first appearance before the Court, the charges were put to him but he did not take a plea on them. His defence counsel pleaded with the court to put him on bail but the prosecution objected on grounds that the accused was a foreigner.

SV/20/12/18

By Sylvia Villa

Friday December 21, 2018.

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