28 June 2012

Ghana: Driver Sentenced to 10 Years for Possessing Marijuana

An Accra Circuit Court has sentenced a driver to 10 years imprisonment in hard labour for possessing narcotic drug.

The convict, Frank Adono, claimed ownership of ten fertilizer sacks of cannabis, also known as marijuana, weighing 208494.9431 kilogram. According to him, he found them at an accident scene on the Accra-Ho Highway.

Adono was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing narcotic drug without lawful authority, before the court, presided over by Mr. Francis Obiri.

The presiding judge, who sentenced the accused person on his own plea, in his judgment, considered factors such as the gravity of the offense committed, the sudden increase of that particular offence in the country, the age of the accused person and whether or not the accused person had shown remorse.

The court, therefore, ordered that the exhibit be destroyed under the supervision of the Registrar of the court within two weeks, starting from yesterday, June 26, 2012, as it ordered that the exhibit be taken to the Police headquarters.

It was the case of the state that on June 11, 2011, the police had information that Adono was transporting narcotic drug from the Volta Region to Abelemkpe, a suburb of Accra.

According to the state, the police, therefore, mounted surveillance in the vicinity and arrested one Saviour Dakpo.

The state mentioned that the said Savior Dakpo led the police to the arrest of Adono and one Lucky Koto, adding that the said Lucky Koto as well, led the police to his room at house number C419/18 Abelemkpe, where the exhibit were found and sent to the forensic laboratory for testing.

"The convict claimed ownership of the exhibit found claiming that he collected them from a scene of an accident on the Accra-Ho highway" the state added.

The state narrated that Lucky Koto said it was Savior Dakpo who requested him to keep the exhibit in his room whiles he contacted the police for the arrest of the convict.

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