Crime & Punishment of Monday, 19 May 2014
A 22-year-old labourer has been arrested for allegedly possessing 1,340 wraps of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis.
The police gave the name of the suspect as Alhaji Musah from Sandema in the Upper East Region but residing at Nmai-Dzorn in Accra.
The Accra Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Christian Tetteh Yohonu, briefing journalists last Saturday, said the police received information on the cannabis from two security guards of the University of Ghana Farms.
He said the security guards hinted the police about a man with a bag containing cannabis on the farms about 6:35 p.m. on May 12, 2014.
“The police proceeded to the farms and found the suspect with a bag containing 1,340 wraps of dried leaves believed to be a narcotic drug and arrested him,” he said.
When the police arrested the suspect, Mr Yohonu said, he told the police he was a labourer who worked on the University Farms for a man he identified only as Kofi.
“He also told the police that the said Kofi had given him the bag which he (Kofi) claimed contained his personal belongings and instructed the suspect to carry it to the roadside for him (Kofi),” Mr Yohonu said.
However, the Regional Police Commander said, the suspect “could not lead the police to the said Kofi” and also failed to provide further details of his supposed accomplice.
He said the police would put the suspect before court while the dried leaves would be sent to the crime laboratory for scientific analysis to confirm the suspicion of the police or otherwise.