By Ivy Benson
The Fast Track High Court (FTC), trying four persons over the importation of 125 slabs of cocaine, with a street value of GH¢10 million through the Tema Port, has ordered the release of the Fuel Additives, within which the illicit drug was concealed.
The court, presided over by Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh, yesterday, further ordered that the goods, which are in the possession of the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) be sold under the supervision of the service.
According to the court, the fuel additives should be released to its owners since the goods are not illegal. The decision of the court came at the back drop of a request made by Mr. Joe Aboagye Debrah, Counsel for Benjamin Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phormlaplus African Company Limited, the company that ordered for the supply of the fuel additives, for the release of the goods from CEPS.
State Attorney, Mrs. Evelyn Keelson had, however, opposed the release of the goods, since according to her, the goods were seized by CEPS under the Customs Management Act.
Benjamin Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Phormlaplus African Company Limited, Anthony Wilson, Operations Manager of Phormlaplus African Company Limited, Kyerewah Twum Barimah and Edward Kojo Arhin, both clearing agents, have pleaded not guilty to the charges of conspiracy and importation of narcotic drug without license, when they were arraigned before the court. All the accused persons are currently on bail.
In a brief fact of the case, the State Attorney told the court that in July 2010, Phormlaplus African Company Limited place an order to America for the supply of fuel additives, which was shipped through various ports to Ghana.
According to her, Benjamin Armstrong instructed Kyerewah Twum Barimah to clear the good from the Tema port, adding that in clearing the goods, the container was found to contain 125 slaps of whitish substances suspected to be cocaine.