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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Source: GNA

Farmer jailed 10 years over hard drug

A Kumasi Circuit Court, presided over by Mrs. Afua Adu-Amankwaah, has sentenced a farmer caught with 128.24 grams of marijuana to 10 years imprisonment in hard labor.

Kofi Antwi, alias “Ratty”, pleaded guilty to the charge of possessing narcotic drug without lawful authority.

Police Chief Inspector Comfort Baffour Kyei told the court that the convict was arrested on September 21, last year, by the police regional highway patrol team.

The officers were on routine duty on the Kumasi-Obuasi road, when they intercepted the dried leaves, concealed on a-Ssangyong mini-bus.

Antwi was seized after he admitted ownership of the hard drug.

The prosecution said forensic laboratory test confirmed the leaves to be marijuana.