2 ‘pushers’ remanded

Akoto Castro Godsway and Ahmed Haruna who were carrying dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp and attempted outwitting the Police by using a fake diplomatic number plate, have been remanded in police custody.

Akoto, 24, unemployed, and Ahmed Haruna, 39, a driver, pleaded not guilty to both counts of conspiracy to commit crime and possession of narcotic drugs.

An Accra Circuit Court, presided by Mr. Francis Obiri, remanded them to enable the police to conclude investigations into the case. They would appear again on February 17.

Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Abraham A. Annor, told the court that at about 5 p.m. last January 25, a police highway patrol team on the Peki-Juapong road stopped a Landcruiser Prado with registration number CD 182-13 at Asikuma Junction, for a search.

He said though the vehicle had a diplomatic plate, the police became suspicious of Akoto and Haruna, the occupants.

The search of the vehicle revealed 446 compressed slabs of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis, concealed in a sack.

The two were arrested and when they were being sent to the Ho Regional Police Headquarters for investigations, Akoto offered the patrol team GH¢3,000 bribe which they rejected.

DSP Annor said the exhibits have been sent to the Ghana Standards Authority for test.

By Ernestina A Boateng    

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