Farmer jailed five years for supplying narcotic drugs

One Daniel Soku, a farmer, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by an Accra Circuit Court for supplying narcotic drugs.

Daniel was identified to the police by one Gideon Akanbey, an Electrician as his supplier of narcotic drugs, when he Gideon was arrested with a wrap of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.

Upon the arrest of Soku, the police found 668 wrappers of dried leaves, another quantity of dried leaves and seeds, all suspected to be cannabis, pieces of cement papers, three pairs of scissors, a hammer, screw driver, iron pincher and other rolling papers.

Daniel was charged for possessing narcotic drugs, while Gideon was charged for using narcotic drugs both pleaded guilty to the charges.

The court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh, in sentencing said the two were convicted on their own plea, adding that per the facts Daniel is convicted on the charge of supply, while Gideon is convicted on the charge of usage.

The court then sentenced Daniel to five years imprisonment in hard labour, while Gideon was sentenced to a day imprisonment with a fine of 100 penalty units in default serve 10 months in prison.

The court said the test report also proved positive to cannabis and ordered the CID to destroy the substance in the presence of the Court’s Registrar within three months.

Superintendent of Police, Patience Mario, prosecuting told the court that the complainants are police officers stationed at Adenta in Accra.

She said on December 3, at about 1800 hours, one Dominic Akandoli of Nmai Dzorn came to the charge office and reported dishonest appropriation of his mobile phones against one Gideon Akanbey of Mantey farms, Adenta.

The prosecution said Police proceeded to the scene and apprehended Gideon, who was found with dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp in his hands about to light and smoke.

A search conducted in his room revealed another six wrappers of the dried leaves.

Superintendent Mario told the court that, when Gideon was interrogated, he mentioned Daniel as the supplier and the Police proceeded to arrest him at Adenta.

She said the accused persons were brought to the Police station together with the exhibits.
She told the court that, in their cautioned statement they admitted the offences.

Source: GNA

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