The state has entered a nolle prosequi in a matter where a 60 year old Canadian army personnel had been taken to court for allegedly trafficking in over 300 grammes of marijuana laced in biscuits.
David Schaeffer on September 9, 2022 allegedly trafficked in 372 grammes of marijuana following a tip off to the Drug Enforcement Commission that man was dealing in suspected drugs in Kabulonga.
A team of DEC officers later went to the accused’s house in Kabulonga and conducted a search, In which a white bowl labelled Plain Yoghurt was found containing seeds suspected to be cannabis.
A further search also revealed that the accused had some biscuits suspected to be containing marijuana weighing 372 grams
During trial magistrate Exhildah Nsungu-Chanda heard from a state witness that the amount the suspect psychotropic substances contained in the biscuit would not be ascertained due to lack of machinery.
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After being found with a case to answer the accused opted to remain silent.
When the matter came up for judgement, the state entered a nolle prosequi.
Meanwhile, after being released the accused lawyer Inutu Suba said she was disappointed with the states action of entering a nolle, as she would have wanted to hear the court’s judgement over the matter.
Earlier this year the courts acquitted an 81year old man on similar offences due to failure by the state to establish the exact amount of a substance named delta-9 THC in the suspect psychotropic substance.
According to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Act of 2021, to ascertain the presence of marijuana in a product, there should be over 0.3 percent Delta-9 THC.
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