Two persons, who were arrested for possessing four mini bags and 34 wrappers of cannabis sativa, have been sentenced to five years imprisonment in hard labour by an Accra Circuit Court.
James Avinu, a 28-year-old carpenter, caught with four mini bags was sentenced to three years, while Mensah Adoboe, a 35-year-old petty trader, who had 34 wrappers of the dried leaves was sentenced to two years.
This was after they had pleaded guilty to the charge brought against them.
The court presided over by Mr Francis Obiri, however, convicted them on their own plea and sentenced them for the usage of the drugs.
Prosecuting Cletus K Abadamlora told the court that on July 14 this year, the Narcotics Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) gathered intelligence that Avinu had taken delivery of sacks of dried leaves and had kept them in a wooden structure at Japan Motor’s near Ashalley Botwe in Accra.
According to prosecution, the police further gathered that Avinu was, therefore, looking for prospective buyers, hence investigation commenced to track him down.
A team of policemen, therefore, lured him to a spot at Japan Motors for transaction to take place. The Police feigned interest in buying the drugs and succeeded in arresting Avinu.
Avinu, prosecution said led the police officers to his wooden structure where 52 parcels wrapped with black polythene bags all concealed in fertilizer mini sacks were retrieved.
In Avinu’s cautioned statement he told the Police that he bought the drugs at Mafi-Kumasi in the Volta Region for GHC240 and he was going to sell them to make profits.
The drugs were sealed and forwarded to the Police Forensic Laboratory for analytical examination.
In the case of Adoboe, on December 16, this year, Police personnel from the Narcotics Unit of the CID headquarters acting on intelligence report nabbed him at Mallam Atta Market with a black polythene bag containing 34 wrappers of cannabis and a cash of GHC16.
Adoboe claimed ownership of the dried leaves but failed to disclose his source of supply. The dried leaves were also sent to the Police Forensic Laboratory for examination.
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