Drug charges dismissed

Ferrari Posala was a free man yesterday after Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala Warren dismissed all three charges in relations to narcotics against him. 

Mr. Posala was represented by his lawyer Leota Raymond Schuster and Ofisa Tagaloa appeared for the National Prosecution Officer. 

In Justice Tafaoimalo's ruling she dismissed all three charges against Posala. The three charges were for possession of methamthetamine, possession of marijuana loose leaves and possession of utensils. 

She said there was not enough evidence from the prosecution to prove that the narcotics and utensils that were found in his flat belonged to him. 

In court last week Mr Posala maintained that he is innocent. 

Posala was one of the five suspects arrested last year during a police drug raid on August 22, 2015. 

His lawyer Mr. Schuster argued that his client had no knowledge of the drugs found in his flat at Ululoloa. 

One of the suspects, Panama Tevaga, was convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment. He admitted in court when giving evidence, that the drugs belonged to him. Mr. Schuster told the court that it is clear in Tevaga's evidence that the substances that was found in the back pack belongs to him as well as the stuff found in his room. 

Schuster confirmed that the house is registered under his clients name and he lives together with Mr. Tevaga and others. 

However, he claimed that his client is always absent from the house. 

Prosecutor Ofisa Tagaloa in his submission told the court, although it is clear that the substances found in the house belongs to Tevaga he strongly submits that the utensils belong to the accused, Mr Posala. 

Not only that, but Tevaga confirmed in his evidence that Posala knew about the drugs becuase he sometimes shares the marijuana with him. 

The police raided Posala's flat at Ululoloa and discovered 3.5 grams of methamphetamine and 2.6 grams of cannabis together with utensils. 

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