Magistrate Fines Senegalese D200,000 for Possession of Illicit Drug

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By Louise Jobe

Principal Magistrate Muhammed Krubally of the Banjul Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 3 May convicted and sentenced one Ebrahim Cisokho for drug possession.

Cisokho was charged with Possession of Prohibited Drug contrary to section 35 subsection 1 (b) of the Drug Control Act. The prosecution alleged that the convict (Ebrahim Cisokho), on the 24th of February 2024 at the Amdalie border police check point in the North Bank Region, was found in possession of three hundred (300) tablets of Ectasy, a controlled drug. Ebrahim Cisokho pleaded guilty.

The brief facts of the case indicated that on the 19th of February 2024 at around 10 pm, the convict was intercepted by a narcotic officer, Omar K. Sanyang, at the Amdalie post who conducted the search and found with him 300 pills of controlled drug called ecstasy. Cisokho was then arrested and when he was cautioned, he accepted the charge against him. The voluntary and cautionary statements were tendered and admitted in evidence.

OS Jallow, appearing for the Drug Law Enforcement Agency-The Gambia (DLEAG), informed the court that out of the 303 pills of Ecstasy they had in custody, only 286 was left. The prosecutor said it was as a result of administrative procedures that the report was missing. He urged the court to convict the accused person based on his guilty plea.

The court convicted the accused person based on his guilty plea, the cautionary and voluntary statements, the analytical report, and the 24 hours daily report of the station.

The accused person confirmed the facts as narrated by the prosecutor as true.

Principal Magistrate Krubally sentenced Ebrahim Cisokho to pay a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Dalasi (D200,000) or serve a 2-year jail term.