Bitters Bar Operator jailed 11 years

Bitters Bar Operator jailed 11 years

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A Woman has been slapped with an eleven-year (11) jail term for selling alcoholic drinks containing Narcotic Drugs (marijuana), by an Accra Circuit Court.

The Convict, Ama Forson who was charged with the offence of possessing Narcotic Drugs (Indian hemp) without lawful authority, pleaded not guilty to the charge leveled against her by the Prosecution in her preliminary statement and evidence-in-chief. When she was put before court on October 2015, she was however found guilty of the charge after the case had been fully tried by the court.

The presiding judge, His Honour, Aboagye Tandoh, having considered the Prosecution’s case and evidence as well as the applicable law, sentenced Ama Forson to eleven (11) years in prison with hard labour.

Background to the Case

Presenting the facts of the case in court, the Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Afful said the Accused, Ama Forson, is a drinking bar operator and lives at New Bortianor in Accra.

The Prosecutor stated that on the 29th of September, 2015, the New Weija Police conducted a swoop at Bortianor and in the process arrested the Accused at her drinking bar.

The Police Officer added that a search was conducted on Ama Forson’s premises and quantities of dried leaves (Indian hemp) were retrieved from a lady’s bag.

‘The Police also retrieved a wine bottle containing dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp soaked in liquid’, the Prosecutor said.

Chief Inspector Afful also informed the court that the exhibit (Indian hemp) was taken to the Forensic Science Laboratory of the Ghana Police Service for examination and the test confirmed that the suspected dried leaves were Narcotic Drugs (marijuana).