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11.01.2011 Crime & Punishment

Farmer gets 10yrs for possessing 'wee'

By Ghanaian Chronicle
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A-50-year-old farmer has been sentenced to ten years in prison for possessing Indian hemp. The accused person, Apraku Dawunor, was arrested by police officers stationed at the highway patrol unit at Teacher Mante, Near Nsawam, for possession of five sacks and one red bag containing Indian hemp.

The accused, who resides at Nkurakan near Koforidua, was convicted on his own plea on the charge of possession of narcotic drug without lawful authority, by an Accra Circuit court presided over by Mr. Eric Kyei Baffour.

Narrating the facts of the case to the court, the prosecutor, ASP C.K Abdamlora noted that on January 3rd, 2011, while the complainants, who are police officers and stationed at the highway patrol unit, together with other police officers, on high patrol duty on the Accra-Konongo highway, stopped a Hyundai Grace bus with registration Number GE 4487 Y, at Teacher Mante near Nsawam, at about   10: 45am.

According to the Prosecutor, the bus was driven by Abdul Rahman Alidu with the accused, and other passengers on board. The Prosecutor further indicated that a search conducted in the vehicle during the exercise revealed five sacks and red bags containing dried leaves, suspected to be Indian hemp.

According to him, the driver pointed at the accused person as the owner of the items, leading to the arrest of both of them. The accused person in his cautioned statement claimed ownership and admitted to the offence, the prosecutor added.

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