Paulo Djabi Face 21 Criminal Counts for Money Laundering & Drug Offences

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By Kemeseng Sanneh

Paulo Djabi, an alleged drug dealer has been charged with twenty-one (21) criminal counts related to dealing with prohibited drugs and money laundering.

Paulo is charged together with Nadine Ismael de Gouveira Pereira and Mamadu Neto Djabi.

Count one relates to dealing in prohibited drugs contrary to section 33 (1) (d) and (3) (b) of the Drug Control Act. The prosecution alleged that Paulo Djabi and Nadine Ismael De Gouveira Pereira on or about the 27th of August 2023, in their apartment at Fajara Waterfront in the Kanifing Municipality, were found dealing in prohibited drugs to which they use, acquire and/or possess 1 gram 670 mg gross weight and 1 gram 220mg net weight of MDMA, a prohibited drug.

Count 2 relates to possession of prohibited or controlled drugs contrary to section 35(1) (a) of the Drug control Act. It is alleged that Paulo Djabi and Nadine Ismael De Gouveira Pereira on or about the 27th of August 2023 in their apartment at Fajara Waterfront, without a valid licence, were found in possession of 1gram 670mg gross weight and 1gram 220mg net weight of MDMA, a prohibited drug.

On count 3, Paulo and Nadine were charged with possession of prohibited or controlled drugs contrary to section 35(1) (a) of the Drug control Act. The prosecution alleged the two were found in possession of 4 bottles of Amfetamine, a controlled drug.

On count 4, Paulo Djabi is charged with dealing in prohibited drugs contrary to section 33 (1) (d) and (3) (b) of the Drug Control Act. The prosecution alleged that on or about the 27th of August 2023 Paulo Djabi was found dealing in prohibited drugs to use, acquire and/or possess 1 gram 930mg gross weight and 1 gram 290 mg net weight of MDMA.

On count 5, Paulo Djabi is charged with possession of prohibited or controlled drugs contrary to section 35 (1) (a) of the Drug Control Act. The particular of offence on count 4 is repeated in this count.

On count 6, Mamadu Neto Djabi is charged with dealing in prohibited drugs contrary to section 33 (1) (d) and (3) (b) of the Drug Control Act. The prosecution alleged that Mamadu Neto Djabi on or about the 27th of August 2023 at Bakoteh in Kanifing Municipality was found dealing in prohibited drugs to use, acquire and/or possess 3 grams 450 mg gross weight and 2 gram 990 mg net weight of MDMA, a prohibited drug.

Count 7 is possession of prohibited or controlled drugs contrary to section 35 (1) (a) of the Drug control Act. The particulars of the claim are the same as count 6.

On count 8, Paulo Djabi and Nadine Ismael De Gouveira Pereira, are charged with prohibition of certain activities relating to drugs contrary to section 41 (1) (c) (3) (a) of the Drug control Act. The two accused persons, on or about the 27th of August 2023, at Fajara, were found in possession of pipe, utensil or other things made or adapted for use in connection with smoking, inhalation, ingestion and/or injection of a drug.

Count 9 relates to currency disclosure contrary to section 48(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating of Terrorist Financing Act, 2012. It is alleged that Paulo Djabi and Nadine Ismael De Gouveira Pereira sometime between 2021 and 2023 at the entry points in the Gambia entered into the Gambia with more than Seven Thousand, Five Hundred United States Dollars ($7,500) or its equivalent in Gambian dalasi without disclosing it to a customs officer at the said entry point of arrival.

Count 10 relates to money laundering. The prosecution alleged that sometime between 2021 and 2023, at Fajara and diverse places in Kanifing Municipality, Paulo Djabi concealed or disguised illicit origin of certain amount of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime and converted the said money by purchasing four (4) properties at Fajara Waterfront from Construct Ltd, a registered company in the Gambia for the sum of One Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Four Thousand Dollars ($1,694,000).

Count 11 relates to the offence of Money laundering contrary to section 22(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating of Terrorist Financing Act, 2012 and read together with section 2 (1) (a) of the same Act. The prosecution alleged that Paulo Djabi, from 2021 to date at Fajara and diverse places in Kanifing Municipality concealed or disguised illicit origin of the money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing three (3) properties at Fajara Water front from Gem Waterfront Ltd, a registered company in the Gambia for the sum of Eighty-Nine Thousand Dollars ($89,000).

Paulo Djabi on count 12 is also charged with money laundering. It is alleged that from 2021 to date, Paulo Djabi concealed or disguised the illicit origin of certain amount of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing two (2) properties at Fajara Waterfront from Orchid Waterfront Ltd, a registered company in the Gambia for the sum of Fifty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty-Two Dollars and Sixty-two Cent ($50,762.62).

Count 13 is also money laundering. Paulo Djabi is alleged to have between 2021 and 2023 concealed or disguised the illicit origin of certain amount of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing two (2) properties at Kololi Sands from Global Properties, a registered business in the Gambia for the sum of Three Hundred and Eighteen Thousand and Forty-Three Euros (€318,043).

Count 14, also relates to money laundering. The prosecution alleged that Nadine Ismael De Gouveira Pereira between 2021 and 2023 at Fajara and diverse places in Kanifing Municipality concealed or disguised the illicit origin of certain amount of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing a property at Kololi Sands from Global Properties, a registered business in the Gambia for the sum of One Hundred and Nineteen Thousand, One Hundred and Eight-Three Euros ( €119,183).

Count 15 also relates to money laundering. The prosecution alleged that between 2021 and 2023 at Fajara and diverse places in Kanifing Municipality, Paulo Djabi concealed or disguised the illicit origin of certain amount of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing a property at Baraka Estate in Bakoteh from Global Properties, a registered business in the Gambia for the sum of One Hundred and Two Thousand Dollars ($102,000).

Count 16 relates to money laundering. It is alleged that Paulo Djabi between 2021 and 2023 concealed or disguised the illicit origin of certain amount of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing a property at Baraka Estate in Bakoteh from one Cherno Amadou Sowe for the sum of Eighty-Five Thousand Euros (€85,000).

Count 17 also relates to money laundering. The prosecution alleged that Paulo Djabi between 2021 and 2023 at Fajara and diverse places in Kanifing Municipality concealed or disguised the illicit origin of certain amount of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing two (2) properties at Forest View Apartment in Kololi from one Pa Modou Janneh.

Count 18 also relates to money laundering.

It is alleged that Paulo Djabi between 2021 and 2023 at Fajara and diverse places in Kanifing Municipality concealed or disguised the illicit origin of certain amount of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing a property at Forest View Apartment in Kololi from Dynamic Group a registered business in the Gambia in the sum of eighty-five thousand Euros (85,000.00) and thereby committed an offence.

Count 19 also relates to money laundering. It is alleged that Paulo Djabi between 2021 and 2023 at Fajara and diverse places in Kanifing Municipality of the Gambia concealed or disguised the illicit origin of certain amount of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing fifteen (15) vehicles of different types and models.

Count 20 relates to money laundering. Paulo Djabi allegedly concealed or disguised the illicit origin of certain amount of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing fifteen (15) vehicles of different models and types.

Count 21 also relates to money laundering. It is alleged that Paulo Djabi between 2021 and 2023 at Fajara and diverse places in Kanifing Municipality concealed or disguised the illicit origin of money, knowing that such money is proceeds of a crime to which he converted the said money by purchasing three (3) motorbikes of different models and types and thereby committed an offence.

The prosecution listed 10 witnesses including real estate dealers.

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