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01.06.2005 Crime & Punishment

Court sentences two for possessing Indian hemp


Tarkwa (W/R) June 1, GNA - A Tarkwa Circuit Court on Tuesday sentenced Kwame Adoko alias Kwame Pepe, unemployed to 10 years' imprisonment with hard labour for possessing nine wrappers of Indian Hemp. He pleaded not guilty The Court also sentenced Kwame Namawor, an accomplice to five years' imprisonment for possessing two wrappers of the drug. He also pleaded not guilty but they were both found guilty by the Court and were sentenced accordingly Police Inspector Joseph Agbedor of Atieku told the Court presided over by Mr John Ajet Nasam that on November 17, 2004, the Police had information that some a syndicate was peddling drugs in the town and two Policemen were detailed to monitor their operations. Inspector Agbedor said in the course of monitoring, the Police spotted Namawor exchanging money for something from Adoko and he was immediately arrested.

A search conducted on him revealed two wrappers of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.

The Prosecutor said Adoko bolted on seeing that Namawor had been arrested.

Namawor led the Police to the room of Adoko where nine wrappers of the drug were found.

The Police, however, managed to arrest Adoko the following day and he admitted being the owner of the drug.