The Tarkwa Circuit Court has sentenced 30-year-old farmer, Iddrisu Ibrahim Koffie, to 12 years imprisonment in hard labour, for possessing cannabis (Indian hemp) weighing about 2,500 grammes without authority.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah, told the Court, presided over by Mr. Justice Obeng Asante, that at about 11 p.m. on August 22, 2013, the Asankrangwa Police Patrol Team had a tip-off that Iddrisu was trading in cannabis at Asankra Saa, near Asankragwa.
Upon receiving the information, the team proceeded to Asankra Saa and arrested Koffie in his house.
When the house was searched, a fertiliser sack with cannabis was found in his room.
Chief Inspector Amponsah said during interrogation, Iddrisu claimed ownership of the cannabis and mentioned one Kwaku, of Sefwi Bekwai, as his supplier, but all efforts by the police to trace Kwaku proved futile.
On August 26, 2013, the exhibit was forwarded to the Police Forensic Laboratory for examination.
On January 1, 2014, the forensic report was received and indicated that it was cannabis so, Iddrisu was charged with the offence.
Passing the sentence, the judge ordered the cannabis be burnt by the police under the supervision of the court registrar and officials of the Environmental Protection Agency, after 30 days.