Drinking bar operator granted GH¢50,000 bail over wee possession
A 33-year old drinking bar owner has been granted bail in the sum of GH¢50,000 with two sureties by an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly possessing two plastic bags of Indian hemp.
The accused, Baba Hassan is suspected of selling the hemp and smoking some.
The case was presided over by Judge Samuel Bright Acquah and Hassan is to reappear on March 13, 2023, to allow for further investigations by the police.
Facts of the case
Inspector Daniel Danku who narrated the case before court said the complainants were police officers with the Special
Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit of the Greater Accra Regional Headquarters of the Ghana Police Service.
According to Inspector Danku, on February 21, 2023, while on normal patrol duties at Airport junction in Accra, the officers received an intelligence report about a suspected narcotic drug operation.
“The officers proceeded to the location given which was a drinking bar at Airport junction, Gate Four. Upon arrival, the officers saw the accused person, Hassan, at the entrance casually smoking and they suspected it would be Indian hemp”, the prosecutor said.
Inspector Danku added that when Hassan spotted the police officers, he dropped the suspected weed into a dustbin which was later retrieved by the officers.
“The accused approached the officers and he was arrested immediately”, the prosecutor added.
“A search was conducted in the bar which also happened to be where Hassan lived.
A plastic container containing dry gin, other suspected narcotic substances and two small bags of dried leaves suspected to be the said weed were found”, the prosecutor stated.
Upon questioning at the police station, Inspector Danku said Hassan admitted ownership of the substances and claimed they were for his personal use.
The accused was however unable to lead the police to his supplier who he claimed was in the Volta Region.
“Hassan claimed he did not have the contact or address of his supplier”, Inspector Danku said.
The prosecutor added that the substances had been sent to the crime lab for examination.
“Per the criminality of the offence, the accused, Hassan, has been charged with unauthorised possession or control of narcotic drugs”, the prosecutor stated.