The Dormaa Ahenkro Circuit Court has sentenced a 24-year-old man to 10 years’ imprisonment for possessing 18 wrapped pieces of cocaine at Nkrankwanta in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The convict, Ali Umoru, a native of Nkrankwanta, pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of a narcotic drug, contrary to Section 2 Subsection 1 of PNDC Law 236 of 1990, but with explanation.
Umoru told the court, presided over by Mr Justice Alexander Osei Tutu, that the cocaine was given to him by somebody to be given to another person. But the court found him guilty and sentenced him accordingly.
The Dormaa Municipal Police Commander, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Mahmud Yussif, who briefed the Daily Graphic, said at 7.30 a.m. on April 12, 2013, the police had a tip-off that somebody was peddling narcotic drugs in an uncompleted building at Nkrankwanta, the capital of the Dormaa West District.
He said based on the tip-off, the police moved to the area and arrested Umoru.
A search on him by the police revealed 18 wrapped pieces of a substance found to be cocaine.
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Mr Yussif said when the convict was asked where he got the drug from, he said it had been given to him by one Monney to be given to somebody at Nkrankwanta.
However, the court later found out that Umoru’s claim was false.
Story: Samuel Duodu