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Crime & Punishment of Sunday, 5 August 2018


Teenager handed 15-year jail term for illegally trading Tramadol

The Nsuta Circuit Court in the Sekyere Central District has sentenced a 19-year-old farmer to 15 years imprisonment for illegally trading in Tramadol.

Dada Musah, a resident of Ejura, pleaded guilty to the charge of dealing in prohibited drugs and also causing unlawful damage.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Emmanuel Kyei Sarpong, told the court presided over by Mrs Lydia Osei Marfo that, the convict was arrested at a market in Ejura, the capital of the Ejura Municipality.

He said on August 1, this year at about 11.30 am, a police officer and a witness in the case, accompanying a complainant to the Ejura market to effect the arrest of a suspect reported to have stolen and dishonestly received some items, chanced upon the convict selling the illicit drug on the open market.

The Prosecution said the convict tried to resist arrest and in the process assaulted the Police officer.

However, with the help of some civilians in the market, he was overpowered and arrested and later sent to the police station together with a pair of scissors, a bag containing 54 packs of 250 mg of Tramadol and a cash of GH¢200.00 being the proceeds from the sale of the drugs.

ASP Sarpong said at the police station, the convict became aggressive and caused unlawful damage to furniture and other items belonging to the Ghana Police Service.

He said in his caution statement, the convict admitted ownership of the drugs and he was charged with the offence and arraigned.