Labourer jailed 12months for ‘Indian hemp’

An Accra circuit court yesterday jailed a labourer 12 months in hard labour for possessing Indian hemp without authority.

The convict, Thomas Cobbinah, was arrested by security personnel at the Nungua lorry park selling “Wee” to some of his regular customers on July 30, 2016, upon a tip-off.

Presenting the facts to the court presided by Mr. Aboagye Tandoh  yesterday, the prosecutor, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr. Kwaku Bempah said that the complainants, who were security personnel (one military officer and a policeman) had information that the convict was engaged in the sale of dried leaves suspected to be a narcotic drug at the Nungua lorry park to members of the public.

He said that they (complainants) immediately went to the lorry park and saw Cobbinah with some quantity of wrapped substances in pieces of brown papers suspected to be marijuana in black polythene.

According to the prosecutor, the security personnel saw the convict surrounded by some people buying the “Wee” whilst others were busily smoking the dried leaves.

He was arrested and 144 pieces of the wrapped substance were retrieved including an amount of GH¢76.10 but his customers escaped.

DSP Bempah said that Cobbinah admitted committing the offence in his cautioned statement.

By Castro Zangina-Tong        

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