A 33-year-old man, Emmanuel Tefutor and a 16-year old Juniour Secondary School (JSS) pupil Master Senyo Dagbey, have been remanded in custody for allegedly dealing in narcotics while Tefutor has been remanded in police custody. Master Dagbey, has been placed in remand at the Osu Children’s Home.
Master Dagbey is a minor and therefore, cannot be remanded in custody with adults.
The two accused were arrested on their way to deliver 70 slabs of compressed dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp to an unnamed person at Fish Pond, a suburb of Accra.
They both pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy to commit crime, and possession of narcotic drugs without lawful authority.
The judge, Mrs. Abena Adjin-Doku Oppong, adjourned the case to February 6, 2017.
Superintendent Kweku Bempah, prosecutor, told the court that the accused were arrested by three police personnel, who received an information on January 17, 2017, at about 8:40 pm that an Opel Astra caravan taxi cab was conveying some goods to an unknown location.
He said that the policemen, Detective Corporal William Ofori of Adentan District Police, Corporal Edward Akum-Nyoro of Formed Police Unit (FPU), and Constable Eric Acquaye of National Patrol Department (NPD), intercepted the vehicle and
a thorough search conducted, led to the discovery of two “Ghana must go” bags, containing 70 slabs of compressed dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
According to the prosecutor, the accused admitted during investigations that the slabs were given them by Alex Dagbey (at large), and an uncle to the JHS pupil, to be delivered to someone at Fishpond.
But the accused have refused to take the police to the house of the person who was to receive the parcels.
Meanwhile, samples of the exhibits has been taken to the police Forensic Laboratory for analysis.
By Castro Zangina-Tong