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Three Sierra Leonese Arrested For Drug Trafficking

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A police operation mounted on rue Saint Denis, Port-Louis, on the afternoon of Monday 11 September led to the arrest of three Leonese Sierras, including a 21-year-old student, for drug trafficking, following the seizure of 9.10 grams of cocaine and the sum of Rs 10,000. The money is suspected to have come from the sale of drugs. The three suspects arrested are Daniel Tamba Moiba, a 38-year-old electrical engineer, James Koroma, a 36-year-old businessman, and Fatmata Alima Bangura, a young student.

Police officers from the Flying Squad of the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (ADSU) mounted an operation in rue Saint Denis, Port-Louis, at around 2.50pm on Monday 11 September after receiving information about the involvement of foreign nationals in illegal transactions.

Daniel Tamba Moiba was stopped as he was about to get behind the wheel of a Honda car. He was accosted by police officers from the Flying Squad, who revealed their identities to him. The suspect immediately ran for his life, but was quickly caught.

Daniel Moiba was subjected to a body search, which revealed a package containing cocaine on his person. Two occupants of the car, James Koroma and Fatmata Bangura, were taken to the Flying Squad office in the Central Barracks. A transparent plastic bag containing six parcels of cocaine and the sum of Rs 10,000 were seized from the car’s glove compartment. The Flying Squad officers suspect that the money came from the sale of the drugs.

In the early evening of the same day, at around 6pm on Monday 11 September, a search was conducted at a house in Butte à L’Herbe, Grand Gaube, where Daniel Moiba and James Koroma live. Seventeen resealable sachets were seized. The Flying Squad suspects that they were going to be used to plant drugs. A raid on the home of the student, Fatmata Bangura, in the Palma area of Quatre-Bornes came to nothing.

Daniel Moiba was placed in a cell at the Piton detention centre and spent the night at the Vacoas detention centre. Fatmata Bangura was held at the Moka detention centre. The three suspects were brought before the Port-Louis court on the morning of Tuesday 12 September. They are facing a provisional charge of drug trafficking. They were subsequently returned to their cells.

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