UPDATE (2): Does not admit to charges of drug trafficking and possession following Marsa raid
24-year-old Josef D’Amato of Marsa has not admitted to charges of trafficking and possession of heroin, cannabis and cocaine. Accused had been sought by the Police in connection with the raid carried out four days ago on a shed where he lives in Racecourse Street, Marsa.
D’Amato, who was arraigned before Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit, pleaded not guilty to the charges read out by Inspector Mark Anthony Mercieca. No request was made for bail, and accused was remanded in custody at Corradino Correctional Facility.
Josef D’Amato was arrested in Gzira during the night. TVM followed the moment when D’Amato was surrounded by three Rapid Intervention Unit Vehicles in Victory Street, Gzira shortly before 11.30 last night. After being handcuffed, accused was searched and then taken to Police Headquarters for further investigations.
UPDATED: Heroin, cocaine and cannabis recovered in yesterday’s raid