A student and a lecturer from Freetown were denied bail and remanded in custody on Friday, April 5th, 2024, at Pademba Road Court No. 1.

Awoko reports that both individuals, whose names are being withheld, face six charges, including unlawful possession of substances used in drug manufacturing.

According to the prosecution, the student was arrested on December 18th, 2023, on Campbell Street. Police allege they found him with 29 plastic bags containing nearly 50 kilograms of dried leaves suspected to be used in drug production, along with containers of chemicals like methyl alcohol and acetone.

On the same day, authorities claim to have apprehended the lecturer at Mudge Farm with similar substances.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The prosecution presented Chief Superintendent of Police Juan Bull as their first witness. Bull introduced Joseph Stevens, a forensic analyst, who testified to examining the seized materials and finding evidence of precursor chemicals used in drug synthesis.

Defense lawyer Madieu Sesay requested copies of the evidence presented in court. However, the prosecution objected, citing the seriousness and recent nature of the case.

During cross-examination, Stevens confirmed his credentials and explained the limitations of the analysis conducted. He acknowledged that the identified substances could be used in drug production but could not confirm the exact type of drug.

Despite Sesay arguing for bail based on the defendants’ cooperation and previous police bail, Magistrate Sahr Kekura denied the request due to the severity of the charges.

The case has been adjourned until April 8th, 2024, for further proceedings.