Driver jailed for attempting export heroine

jailAn Accra High Court has sentenced a driver resident in Italy to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for expelling 65 pellets of heroine.

Kwabena Adusei charged with possession of narcotic drugs and attempted exportation of narcotic drugs without lawful authority, pleaded not guilty.

The court sat over by Mr Justice Charles Quist after the trial found him guilty on the two charges and sentenced him to 10 years on each charge. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Mrs Marina Appiah Opare, Senior State Attorney, who prosecuted said the complainants are officials of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB).

On September 8, 2009 at about 0908 hours Adusei was picked up by NACOB officials at Boarding Gate One at the Kotoka International Airport while going through departure formalities.

Adusei was picked up on suspicion of having swallowed some narcotic drugs.

Prosecution said a field test of Adusei’s urine, who was scheduled to board a Delta Airline flight with flight number Dl 167 from Accra- New York, proved positive of heroine.

During interrogation Adusei confessed that he had swallowed 65 pellets of heroine. On September 9, 2009 Adusei under a careful observation expelled all the pellets.

In his caution statement, Adusei indicated that he swallowed the 65 pellets in Lagos, Nigeria where he purchased them at a cost of $24,000.

When the exhibits were forwarded to the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) for analytical examination, the drugs tested positive of heroine.

Source: GNA

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