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Serving convict in court for possessing Indian hemp in cells

A serving convict at James Camp Prisons who was found in possession of five wrappers of dried leaves has appeared before an Accra Circuit Court.

Kojo Apana, 27, was alleged to have hidden the dried leaves in his sponge dish after he had returned from the bathroom.

Apana, who has been charged with possession of narcotic drugs without authority, has pleaded not guilty.

The court presided over by Ms Eva Bannerman-Williams has remanded Apana to reappear on September 25.

Prosecuting Chief Inspector Kwabena Adu said the complainant was Deputy Superintendent of Prisons (DSP) Godwin Abutiate, a Prison officer, stationed at the James Camp Prisons, Accra.

Chief Inspector Adu said on August 9, this year at about 11:40 pm, a witness and a serving convict known as Jerry Ziddah saw Apana hiding something in his sponge dish which he brought from the bathroom.

According to prosecution, Ziddah became suspicious and woke up one Mensah Gbedzo, the cell leader, who quizzed Apana and he brought the suspected dried leaves from his sponge dish.

The following day, Ziddah and Gbedzo informed their overall cell leader and in turn gave the information to the authorities at the Prison.

Apana was nabbed and handed over to the Police. During Police Interrogation, Apana claimed ownership.

The prosecutor said the dried leaves have since been forwarded to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Forensic Laboratory for analytical examination.

 

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