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25.03.2009 Crime & Punishment

Trader faces narcotic charge in court


Adamu Salifu, a 32 year-old trader, has been remanded in prison custody by the Asamankese Circuit Court for possessing two large bags of Indian hemp.

Salifu who pleaded not guilty will re-appear in court on April 1.

Police Chief Inspector Kate Ogyiri, prosecuting, told the court that on July 22, last year, policemen from the District Accident Squad on duty on the Asamankese-Suhum road intercepted a Toyota Haice bus numbered ER 684 Y.

She said during a search on the vehicle, they found two large bags containing dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.

The prosecutor said the vehicle with its passengers, which included the accused were sent to the Asamankese Police station for further investigations.

Two witnesses, including a porter who loaded the bags at the lorry station were invited and testified that the two bags belonged to Salifu.

Chief Inspector Ogyiri said the exhibits were sent to the Forensic Laboratory in Accra for analytical examination and were certified that the contents of the bags were Indian hemp weighing 28.830grammes.