Court Remands ‘Truck Pusher’ for possessing ganja

Court Remands ‘Truck Pusher’ for possessing ganja

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A thirty-eight (38) year old Man has been remanded by a Circuit Court in Accra for possessing narcotic drugs (marijuana) without lawful authority.

According to the Prosecution, the Accused, Fuseini Gariba on the 1st of February, 2016, at Tudu in Accra had in his custody one hundred and eleven (111) compressed slabs of dried leaves suspected to be Indian Hemp without lawful permission to own them.

The Accused was as a result charged with possession of narcotic drugs without lawful authority but he denied the offence leveled against him in his preliminary statement. The court thus remanded the Accused into lawful custody to reappear on Wednesday, the 24th of February, 2016.

Background to the Case

The facts of the case as presented by the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Joyce Ama Kuwornu are that Complainants are personnel from the Anti-Armed Robbery Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D.) Headquarters in Accra.

The Prosecuting Officer narrated that on the 1st of February, 2016, at about 9:45 am, the Complainants received information from an informant that some people were conveying firearms in an Opel Vectra saloon car with registration number GT 2596 T towards Tudu in Accra, adding that the car was intercepted at the Tudu traffic light and a search conducted revealed two ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ maxi bags containing one hundred and eleven (111) compressed slabs of plant material suspected to be narcotic drugs.

‘Three occupants of the car managed to escape and the suspect, Fuseini Gariba was arrested. On interrogation, the Suspect denied ownership of the exhibits and indicated that he is a ‘Truck Pusher’ at Tudu and on that fateful day he was sitting on his truck at Tudu when the Opel Vectra pulled up with two men on board, the Prosecutor said. She added that the driver in charge of the car requested him to look for one other ‘truck pusher’ to accompany them to Kwame Nkrumah Circle to convey some goods for them, adding that the Suspect then called his friend, Issaka who obliged to accompany him, so both of them sat in the car.

Chief Inspector Ama Kuwornu also informed the court that a policeman immediately appeared at the scene and arrested the Suspect but Issaka and the two other occupants of the car escaped. The Prosecutor added that the exhibits (narcotic drugs) have been forwarded to the laboratory for examination and report, stating that the case is under investigation.