By Dauda Koroma
A joint security patrol team has arrested Nigerian duo Marcel Zoro and Charles Okonkwo (photo) for allegedly smuggling two 20ft. containers of military fatigues, tramadol and other items of police interest.
The Office of National Security (ONS) says illegal importation of military fatigues is a criminal offence under the laws of Sierra Leone whilst a representative of the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone finds that each of the drugs is over 900mg. and far exceeded the normal prescription for pain, and there is no inscription of the manufacturer.
Police say a raid on the premises of the suspects led to the discovery of 39,000 fake U.S. dollars; three chequebooks of United Bank for Africa, Skye Bank and FBN Bank.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) heading the Trans-national Organized Crime Unit (TOCU), Alhaji Kelfala Mbadie Bangura told a news conference last Friday that the two foreigners arrested on 28th Dec. claimed to have a registered business in Sierra Leone run by an agent named Kadie Bangura.
“TOCU is now investigating all three suspects for the illegal importation of drugs, military fatigues and printing of fake currency,” ACP Bangura said.
Police deputy spokesman Samuel Saio Conteh told the SLBC Morning Coffee today that the duo might be operating within an organised syndicate and they [police] will endeavour to dismantle it.