A 20-year-old unemployed man, Richard Peprah, has been convicted to three years’ imprisonment in hard labor by the Asamankese Court for possession of narcotic drugs, contrary to section 37(1) of the Narcotic Control Commission Act 2020 (Act 1019).
The accused person was convicted on his plea when he appeared before the court, presided over by His Honour Abass Abubakari Adams.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Samuel Appiatu Appiah stated that the complainants in this case are police officers at Asuom, while the accused person also lives in the same town.
He said on September 5, 2021, at about 7:20am, the police at Asuom were out for an investigation on the suspicion of the involvement of the accused in a case, which occurred on August 5, 2021, in which a person was robbed and another murdered, when the police spotted the accused at Asuom Amankwakrom and picked him on the suspicion of possession of a firearm without lawful authority.
During a search of his room, the police found a yellow parcel containing cannabis (Indian hemp) which he admitted ownership of and said he sold it to some people at a mining site at Asuom.
The police later sent the suspected Indian hemp for test and confirmation at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Accra, and the result confirmed the drugs.
Later, the accused was arraigned before court for prosecution.