The Malta Independent 2 April 2020, Thursday

Updated: Man caught with drugs, threatens police officers

Friday, 17 January 2020, 08:51 Last update: about 4 months ago

A 22 year-old man from St Julians has been remanded in custody on charges which include aggravated drug possession and threatening police officers.

Tyrone Difesa was arrested after he was spotted driving the wrong way down a one-way street and found to be driving without a licence or insurance cover. A crusher and cannabis was found in his possession. A subsequent search of his home recovered untaxed cigarettes and more cannabis. He had also threatened three police officers that he  would “find them” after getting out of prison, Inspector Joseph Xerri explained to duty magistrate Nadine Lia.

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Difesa was charged with aggravated possession of cannabis and driving the Citroen C3 without a driving licence or insurance. He was also accused of threatening police officers and accusing them of an offence which he knew hadn't taken place. More charges, relating to ignoring a "No entry" road sign, recidivism and breaching a suspended sentence were also pressed.

Defence counsel Yanika Bugeja entered a plea of not guilty and asked for bail.

The request was objected to by the prosecution due to the fact that Difesa had alleged that the drugs had been planted in his car by the police and had threatened to wreak vengeance on the police after he finished his sentence.

This was also the second time Difesa had been caught driving without a licence and with drugs, said the inspector, highlighting that the crimes had been committed during the operative period of a suspended sentence.

Bugeja argued that Difesa had handed the drugs to the police and could not have therefore alleged that they had placed them there themselves.

Bail was denied at this stage.

 

A protection order was issued in favour of the officers allegedly threatened.

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Earlier

A man was caught with drugs in San Gwann and, when taken to the police station, threatened officers, the police said.

The 22-year-old, resident of St Julian’s was seen driving along a one-way street in San Gwann. He was followed by police on patrol and was caught in Vjal ir-Rihan some time later. He was driving without a licence, the police said in their statement.

A search in the car yielded drugs and, during a search at the man’s residence the police also found a bag containing drugs and other drug paraphernalia.

The man was taken to the St Julian’s police station where he threatened officers taking part in the investigation.

He was kept under arrest and will be charged in court today.

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