A drinking bar operator, Ama Forson, who used Indian hemp as “bitters”, was yesterday remanded by an Accra Circuit court for unlawfully possessing narcotic drugs.
She is expected to re-appear before court on October 19.
The mother of nine, who pleaded not guilty, broke into uncontrollable tears, creating an unusual scene in the courtroom when the charge was read to her.
The judge, Aboagye Tandoh, had to intervene occasionally, urging her to stop crying, for a serene atmosphere at the court.
According to her, she was unaware, the substance she was selling at her drinking spot as bitters, was Indian hemp.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector E. Afful, told the court that the accused person is a drinking bar operator and lived at New Bortianor in Accra.
He said the New Weija Police, carried out a swoop at New Bortianor on September 29, and arrested the accused person at her drinking bar.
The police, he said, conducted a search at her premises and quantities of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp were retrieved from a black ladies bag.
The police also found a wine bottle containing dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp soaked in liquid.
The substance has been sent to the forensic laboratory of the Ghana Police Service for examination.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme