Two men ac­cused of traf­fick­ing 4kg of cannabis from Si­cily to Malta

Malta Independent - - NEWS - He­lena Grech

After spend­ing a to­tal of two months in pre­ven­ta­tive cus­tody, two men have been granted bail after they were found with 4kg of cannabis while on a ferry from Si­cily.

The in­ci­dent took place on 15 Septem­ber, when Rita Sci­cluna, 41 from Luqa, and 27-year-old Osaro Osarenkhoe, 27 from Nige­ria, were both on the ferry from Si­cily to Malta. Ms Sci­cluna’s hus­band, Nicholas Obaseki, 28 from Nige­ria, was await­ing their ar­rival from out­side the ferry ter­mi­nal in Malta.

It was said that a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deal­ings of all three in­di­vid­u­als had been un­der­way for some time. It was an off-duty of­fi­cer in Si­cily who tipped off the po­lice in Malta, which led to the ar­rest.

Snif­fer dogs brought on site found two pack­ets of cannabis in a search of the ve­hi­cle that Ms Sci­cluna was driv­ing. Mr Osarenkhoe was in the pas­sen­ger seat.

Ms Sci­cluna was granted bail upon first re­quest due to the fact that she had a young child at home to look after. The courts twice re­fused re­quests for bail, un­til 2 Novem­ber when Mag­is­trate Neville Camil­leri up­held the re­quest for bail against a de­posit of €5,000 and a per­sonal guar­an­tee of €25,000.

All three had de­nied charges of traf­fick­ing.

Lawyer Al­bert Zer­afa is de­fend­ing Ms Sci­cluna and Mr Obaseki. Lawyers Franco De­bono and Amadeus Mus­cat are ap­pear­ing for Mr Osarenkhoe.

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