The Court, Magistrate Natasha Galea Sciberras presiding, yesterday concluded a total of twelve cases relating to drug possession and/or trafficking, with three accused being handed down effective prison sentences.
Some of the cases go back to 2009 and 2010, with the most recent cases occurring in 2013. Five of these cases involved possession of drugs at Corradino Correctional Facility.
Out of five persons charged with drug possession in prison, among them two brothers, only 46-year-old Sandro Mifsud was found guilty. Accused was found in possession of heroin during a search of his cell, and was sentenced to six months behind bars.
Of the other seven, two were found not guilty, two were given a conditional release, one was fined, and the other two were handed down prison sentences.
One is 49-year-old Jotham Saliba, who was found guilty of possession of ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis and LSD, with the first being found in circumstances indicating they were not for his personal use. Accused was also charged with drug possession close to a place frequented by youths, as well as being a relapser. Accused was handed down an 18-month sentence and fined 2,300 euro.
Another prison sentence was handed down in the case of 44-year-old Brian Barbara, who was found guilty of trafficking cannabis, after he had been stopped in 2010 at Paola by Police officers who had found drugs in his car. The Police had acted through an arrest warrant, after another person caught in possession of cannabis had said the drug had been purchased from Barbara. Accused was handed down a nine-month sentence and fined 1,500 euro.