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22.02.2007 Crime & Punishment

Drug Convict Balanced

By Daily Guide

A CONVICT WHO was sentenced by an Accra Regional Tribunal to 5 years imprisonment for smoking wee could not help shedding tears of joy.

Although convicted and sentenced, he was not going to prison having already spent five years in remand. In effect therefore, he had been freed!
Gyafaro Amadu was convicted for using narcotic drugs contrary to 1990 PNDCL 236 which he pleaded guilty to.

According to the story, on May 22, 2007 at about 10:00 am at Odawna behind the Ghana Commercial Bank, a team of policemen from the Adabraka Police Station mounted an operation to clamp down on drug peddlers in the area.

In the course of the operation, the policemen met the accused person smoking some substance suspected to be wee.

The police therefore arrested him, seized the stuff and sent the substance to the Police Forensic laboratory for analytical examination. The results proved positive for cannabis sativa, a narcotic drug.

After investigations, he was arraigned but had been in custody since May 2005.

In a related development, a Nigerian has found himself in the grips of the law for allegedly attempting to export cocaine from Ghana to Amsterdam, Holland.

The accused, Osamwonyi Obazee was arrested by personnel of the Narcotic Control Board on duty on May 10, 2006 when he arrived at the Kotoka International Airport to board a flight to Amsterdam.

According to the prosecutor who pleaded anonymity, the accused was invited by the personnel because they suspected him to be carrying narcotics drugs.

He was sent to the 37 Military Hospital where he was subjected to an X-Ray examination which revealed that he had foreign materials in his stomach.

He was thus placed under observation by NACOB officials and according to prosecution, expelled 59 pellets of whitish substance suspected to be cocaine, a narcotic drug.

When the accused was interrogated, he alleged that one Idrus, a Ghanaian national based in Spain brought him to Ghana to carry the drug for a fee of 2500 Euros.

Obazee has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempting to export narcotic drug and possessing narcotic drug and has been remanded into prison custody to re-appear on March 13, 2007.