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20.02.2009 Crime & Punishment

Driver convicted for drugs


An Accra Circuit Court on Thursday sentenced Isaac Boakye, a driver to 10 years imprisonment in hard labour for smoking and selling Indian Hemp.

Charged with Possessing narcotic drugs without lawful authority, Boakye pleaded guilty.

Before sentence, Boakye raised his hand for permission to speak and when granted, he asked the court to forgive him and that he was not going to indulge in that business again.

He confessed smoking and selling the hemp after which he was convicted on his own plea.

The court, presided over Mr. Iddrisu Mahamadu ordered the destruction of the Indian hemp and asked that scissors retrieved by the Police be sent to the Court's Registry.

Chief Inspector R. K Dogbetey told the court that Boakye lived near Kingdom Transport Services, near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra.

On January 19, 2006 upon a tip-off that some people had been dealing in narcotic drugs, Police personnel from the Greater Accra Regional Criminal Investigations Department mounted a swoop and arrested Boakye.

Police personnel found out that Boakye was using a kiosk as his room and when the place was searched, quantities of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp were found.

During investigations, Boakye confessed that he smoked some of the dried leaves and sold some to the public.