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01.12.2004 Crime & Punishment

Nursing Mother, Others Remanded

An Accra circuit court, presided over by Kwadwo Owusu, has remanded a nursing mother of a nine-month-old baby, a custom officer and a clearing agent in custody for allegedly importing 31 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs into the country without lawful authority.

Mary Mensah, also a hairdresser, Charles Amekudzi, an official of the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) at the Kotoka International Airport and Philip Amoafo, clearing agent, were remanded to reappear before the court on December 15, 2004.

The two men were remanded in police custody and the nursing mother, in prison custody to enable her baby girl to have access to adequate care.

Mary and Amekudzi have been charged with two counts of engaging in criminal conspiracy to commit an offence relating to narcotic drugs and importation of narcotic drugs without license.

Amekudzi is facing an additional charge of possessing narcotic drugs without lawful authority, while Amoafo is facing a charge of abetment.

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