Former Maltacom director jailed for drug possession

400 ecstasy pills, 166g of cocaine found on ex-director's property

Former Commercial Director of Maltacom Richard Attard, 61, of Gharghur, was jailed for two-and-a-half years after being found guilty of aggravated possession of ecstasy and cocaine. He was also fined €5,000.

The case goes back to 14 July 2007. Police Constable Trevor Cassar Mallia told the court that, following the granting of a search warrant, the police found drugs in his car, house and garage, as well as some €3,300 in cash.

In all, the police found 166 grams of cocaine and 400 ecstasy pills.

In his police statement, Attard admitted to sharing the drugs he had bought with friends. SMS messages and a notebook also pointed to his involvement in such activities.

Magistrate Miriam Hayman said that the court took into consideration Attard’s health problemts but as he was found guilty in drug-related crime, a jail term has to be implemented.  Lawyer Joe Giglio represented the accused and filed an appeal on his behalf.