Unemployed jailed five months on drug charges

An Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday sentenced a 21 year- old, unemployed, Nii Akai, to five months imprisonment for possessing 122 wraps of narcotic drugs without lawful authority.

Nii Akai who pleaded not guilty to the charge, was found guilty by the court after going through full trial.

The presiding Judge, Mr Francis Obiri handing the sentence said he had taken into consideration the fact that the convict was a first and young offender, and also because the court had been informed that his wife dumped their children on his relatives and escaped.

He said the court has also been lenient to him, considering the fact that he has been in custody for 11 months.

Mr Obiri advised him to learn from this experience, so that after his discharge he finds himself a good job, or maybe, take to boxing, since he hails from Bukom, instead of selling narcotic drugs in order to become a national asset.

Prosecuting Police Chief Inspector Patrick Hanson told the court that the convict is unemployed and resides at Bukom, and on June 26, 2013, a team of detectives from the Narcotic Unit, acted on intelligence and proceeded to a narcotic drug peddling post called ‘Ezekiel’ at Bukom and arrested the convict.

He said on the team’s arrival, the convict was seen selling some small wraps of substances to people standing by him. He was arrested and a blue leather bag was retrieved from him.

The prosecution said a search in the bag revealed 94 wraps of powdery substances and 28 wraps of rocky substances, all suspected to be narcotic drugs.

Police Chief Inspector Hanson told the court that the convict claimed ownership of the exhibits and mentioned one Nettey Ibrahim as his supplier, but failed to lead police to arrest him. GNA

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