It took police officers two days of surveillance to get the hard evidence they needed to nail a man who was trafficking cannabis resin from his house and garage, jurors heard yesterday. Police Superintendent Norbert Ciappara gave a rundown of the case against John Fenech, 48, of St Paul’s Bay who is pleading not guilty to trafficking and being in possession of 600 grams of cannabis on March 3, 2004.
The officer, who was an inspector at the time, told the trial by jury that, after receiving information that the accused was selling drugs, the police monitored his house and garage. Over two days they saw people talking to him, exchanging suspicious looking packages and, on the day of his arrest, a car stopped near his house and the accused handed over a package. Policemen followed the car and stopped it further up the road. A search was carried out and a passenger, a Nigerian national named Michael, was found carrying cannabis resin. The accused was arrested minutes later and at first denied having a garage.
When the police searched his pockets they found the key to the garage. Once inside, the accused began cooperating and handed over two bags containing the drug. A search at his home yielded other drug-related paraphernalia. In a statement to the police, which was read out in court yesterday, the accused refused to answer questions on the drugs raid. He also refused to reply when asked how he was coping with expenses including paying rent on his house and the garage. The trial continues. Lawyer Lara Lanfranco from the Attorney General’s Office prosecuted. Lawyer Simon Micallef Stafrace was defence counsel.
via : TimesofMalta.com
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