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28.07.2005 Crime & Punishment

Mumuni remanded in custody for possessing Indian hemp


Takoradi, July 28, GNA - Takoradi Circuit Court "A" on Wednesday remanded Abdul Mumuni, a 35-year-old unemployed in prison custody for allegedly possessing Indian hemp. The accused, whose plea was not taken, is to re-appear August 8, this year.

Prosecuting, Police Inspector Theophilius Agbemordzi told the court that, on July 27, this year, personnel from the Narcotic Unit of the Western Police Command, acting on a tip-off, mounted an operation at a washing bay at Effiakuma, near Takoradi. He said the accused and two others were seen wrapping some dried leaves believed to be Indian hemp to sell in a plantain farm, behind the washing bay.

Inspector Agbemordzi said the suspects took to their heels when they saw the Policemen but the accused was arrested and the rest escaped. He said during interrogation, the accused said he does not sell Indian hemp but goes to the farm to buy some to smoke. Inspector Agbemordzi said the accused told the Police that he does not know the names of the sellers and their places of abode. He said the dried leaves have been sent to the Police forensic laboratory for examination.