Three accused persons were remanded after they made an appearance before Magistrate Marke Ngegba of the Magistrate Court No1 in Freetown.

The accused persons are standing trial on one count charge, cultivating Cannabis Sativa without lawful authority contrary to section 7(a) of the National Drugs Control Act of 2018 of Sierra Leone.

According to the particulars of the offense, it was alleged that the accused persons on an unknown date between 1st December 2022 and 16th February 2023, cultivated a prohibited drug, Cannabis Sativa weighing 1,367.5 kilograms without lawful authority in Waterloo.

After the charge sheet was read and explained to both accused persons by the registrar, they pleaded not guilty.

The matter was adjoined to another date for further hearing as the prosecuting witness was absent and the accused persons were remanded at the Male Correctional Center.