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Crime & Punishment of Saturday, 25 May 2013

Source: GNA

Carpenter jailed 10 years for possessing cannabis

A carpenter caught with 10.58 grammes of cannabis has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in hard labour by the Juaso Circuit Court presided over by Mr. Alex Obeng Asante.

Kwadwo Yeboah was arrested by the Juaso Neighbourhood Watch Committee on December 5, last year, and pleaded guilty to the offence of possessing narcotic drugs.

Police Inspector Manasseh Obimpeh told the court that members of the committee were on routine patrol when they spotted the convict smoking what they suspected to be cannabis at about 0200 hours.

He said the members decided to confront him, but on seeing them, Yeboah attempted to flee but was apprehended. A search conducted on him uncovered two wraps of dried leaves in his pocket, and he was handed over to the police together with the exhibit.

Police Inspector Obimpeh said a sample of the substance was sent to the Police Forensic Laboratory in Accra for examination and was confirmed to be cannabis.

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