Man fined GH¢5,000 for unlawful possession of drugs

The Accra Circuit Court Eight has imposed a fine of GH¢5,000 on a 56-year-old driver, for unlawful possession of cocaine and heroin.

Emmanuel Mensah, who had 45 wraps of cocaine with the net weight of 1.4310 grams and 19 wraps of heroin with the net weight of 2.3635 grams without lawful authority, would serve 15 months imprisonment should he fail to pay the fine.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emmanuel Nyamekye told the court that the complainants were police personnel stationed at the Drug Law Enforcement Unit of CID headquarters, Accra.

The court heard that Mensah is a driver and a resident of McCar­thy Junction, in Accra.

DSP Nyamekye told the court presided over by Mr Jojo Hagan Amoah that the drugs were for Mensah’s personal use, but with­out lawful authority.

The prosecution said on March 2, 2023, about 10:15am, the complainants, acting upon intelligence, arrested Mensah at a narcotic drug peddling base at Tudu, Accra.

DSP Nyamekye said a search conducted on Mensah revealed 45 gold foil wraps of cocaine with net weight of 1.4310 grams and 19 gold foil wraps of heroin with net weight of 2.3634 grams.

DSP Nyamekye said Mensah in the investigation cautioned statement confessed to the crime and mentioned Borladz Mensah as his source of supply.

However, prosecution said Mensah could not assist police to arrest his supplier.

DSP Nyamekye said based on forensic science examination, Mensah was formally charged with the offence. — GNA

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