An Accra Circuit Court yesterday sentenced a construction worker, Ebenezer Asumah, to 10 years imprisonment for possessing narcotic drugs without authority and remanded another, Abraham Amponsah in police custody in connection with the offence.
The convict was arrested on September 23, at Adjiriganor, a suburb of Accra, for possessing some dried leaves and seeds suspected to be narcotic, without authority, contrary to section two of the Narcotic Control Drug Law, 1990 PNDC law 236.
Passing sentence, the presiding judge, Aboagye Tandoh, said he had considered the fact that the convict did not waste the court’s time during the trial.
He noted that the quantity of the substance, however, outweighed that of the threshold hence handing him the minimum sentence of 10 years.
Prosecuting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kwaku Bempeh said the complainant was a policeman stationed at Nmai-Dzorn, while the accused persons were construction workers resident at America House in Accra.
He said on September 23, the Nmai-Dzorn Police picked up an intelligence that the accused persons were trading in substances suspected to be Indian hemp at Adjiringanor.
Consequently, a team of policemen were dispatched to the scene where the accused persons were found in a kiosk wrapping the substance and were subsequently arrested and taken to the Adentan Police Station for interrogation.
He said Ebenezer Asumah admitted ownership of the substance in his caution statement and added that he derived his energy for his construction work from it.
The second accused person, Abraham Amponsah, for his part, said he was not a party to it, but only went there to collect a debt owed him.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme