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An Accra Fast Track High Court has handed a 10-year jail term to one Isaac Idowu Shobola aka Isaac Ossomo for possessing some whitish substances suspected to be cocaine. 

He was said to be in possession of three parcels of a whitish substance with a net weight of 296.9164g which proved to be cocaine, without lawful authority.

The first accused, Mohammed Abubakari, was acquitted and discharged but Ossomo was found guilty by the court presided over by Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh.

Counsel for the accused, Augustines Obour, had earlier told the court that the charges preferred against his client could not hold because they were not established in law.

Presenting the facts, the prosecutor said in August 2011, DHL Courier Service intercepted a mail parcel said to contain three packets of Neat fufu powder from the offices of Pills and Tabs, one of the local agencies at Legon, meant for one Kwame Kojo of 23 Pennington Drive, Winch Moer Hill London with the sender being a certain Malik Senare.

Prosecution stated that on examination, one of the packets of the Neat fufu was found to be stuffed with some whitish powdery substance suspected to be cocaine, a narcotic drug, in a transparent polythene material, adding that on August 4, the sender, now identified as Abubakari, called Pills and Tabs office to complain about the non-delivery of his parcels.

The prosecutor averred that on August 11, following a tip-off, one Bashiru Adio was arrested when he was sent by Abubakari to redeem the parcels, but denied knowledge of the narcotic drug in the parcels and led NACOB investigators to arrest Abubakari at New Town in Accra.

Prosecution further averred that a search on Abubakari lead to the discovery of a copy of the DHL way bill issued in respect of the parcel in the pocket of his trousers.

According to the prosecutor, Abubakari admitted sending the unsuspecting Adio to claim the parcel on his behalf.

He indicated that Abubakari also named Ossom, who was arrested with three parcels of similar substances which he (Ossom) later claimed ownership of, and explained that one Nuru, whose place of residence he did not know, gave it to him (Ossom) to be delivered to one Ibrahim at New Town for a fee of GH?300.

Prosecution said Ossom vehemently denied sending Abubakri to post any parcel for him, adding that one Jeep 4?4 vehicle with registration number GR 1181-09 which Ossom was earlier spotted driving, was towed to NACOB as the ignition was said to be in possession of one Kunle, now at large.

The prosecutor said Kunle was earlier seen removing a parcel suspected to be narcotic drugs from the said vehicle believed to have been procured from proceeds of the narcotic drugs.

The facts said the two narcotic drugs with a gross weight of 400 grams forwarded to the Ghana Standards Authority for analytical examination, proved to be cocaine.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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