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27.02.2009 Crime & Punishment

Illegal arms dealer remanded into prison custody


Andrews Kofi Agyapong, a Prestea-based locally manufactured arms dealer, has been remanded into prison custody by a Tarkwa Circuit court presided by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo.

Agyapong 21, pleaded not guilty to trading in illegal weapons and would re-appear on March 10.

Prosecuting, Police Chief Inspector Anthony Danso said in the afternoon of February 21, 2009 the police had information that accused had seven locally made pistols on him in Prestea looking for prospective buyers.

He said the accused who claimed to be an apprentice to the manufacturer of locally-made pistols told the police that his 'master' now at large gave him the pistols for sale at 25 Ghana cedis each at Prestea and Kumasi.

Police Chief Inspector Danso said the accused led the police to a carpentry shop at Buoho near Tachiman where his 'master' was staying but could not identify him.

He said the accused's residence was searched where a pistol was retrieved.