A raid by police officers from the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (ADSU) on the house of a 16-year-old teenager in the area of Riche-Terre late on Monday afternoon, September 25, led to the seizure of twenty-six doses of the synthetic drug, heroin and a sum of Rs 307,475. The ADSU officers suspect that this money came from the sale of the drug. The teenager is charged with drug trafficking. On the same day, 30-year-old Sheilaine Elizabeth Dambel, née Affock, was also apprehended in the same district after being found in possession of a sum of Rs 297,000, suspected to have come from the sale of drugs. Sheilaine Dambel has been charged with money laundering.
The raid by these officers of the Abercrombie Metropolitan Police ADSU, based on Sainte Croix, led by Cadet Inspector Hurhundee, was based on specific information that these two people were involved in drug trafficking. This information proved to be true, as the raid by these ADSU police officers was successful.
The first search was carried out at the home of Sheilaine Dambel at 4.55pm on Monday September 25. It revealed the sum of Rs 297,000. Five minutes later, the men of the same team went to the house of this 16-year-old teenager. The search was carried out in the presence of a woman in her fifties, the teenager’s grandmother.
The police found 4.66 grams of heroin, twenty doses of synthetic drugs (2.74 grams) and the sum of Rs 307,475. The ADSU suspects that the money came from drug sales.
The two suspects were taken to the ADSU office for questioning and subsequently released on parole. However, the ADSU officers will continue their investigation regarding the minor and will submit a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Office after obtaining a report from the Prosecutors’ Office. Sheilaine Dambel was brought before the Pamplemousses court on Tuesday morning, September 26. She is facing a provisional charge of money laundering.