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10.03.2007 Crime & Punishment

British Busted For Cocaine

By Daily Guide

A BRITISH NATIONAL who allegedly thought he could easily outwit the security personnel on duty at the Kotoka International Airport by concealing cocaine in a black shoe to export to London, has found himself in the grips of the law.

Although the plea of the accused person, Anthony Finder, was not taken, he was remanded in custody after the Senior State Attorney, Asiamah Sampong, prayed the court to remand him in prison custody to enable the police continue with their investigations.

According to the prosecution, the accused person, on February 27, 2007, attempted to export a quantity of cocaine in a pair of black shoes, but was arrested by security personnel on duty at that time.

Narrating the incident, the Senior State Attorney said, on that day, the accused person arrived at the Kotoka International Airport to board a British Airways flight for London, but as he was going through departure formalities, his blue travelling bag was searched by Narcotics Control Board officials on duty.

It developed during the process that an officer chanced upon a heavy black shoe in the bag. He examined it carefully, and to his surprise, he discovered a whitish powdery substance in the inner liner of the shoe.

The substance, according to Mr Sampong was field tested in the presence of the accused person, when it proved positive for cocaine, a narcotic drug.

During interrogations, the suspect admitted ownership of the bag, as well as the black shoe found in the travelling bag, but stated the shoe was given to him by a certain David in Ghana to be delivered to a certain Gordon in London.

Meanwhile, the suspected narcotic drug has been forwarded to the Ghana Standards Board for further analytical examination.