Francis Osei, a student, who was found with 10 wrappers of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp on board a taxi from Tema Community 1 to Sakumono, has been put before an Accra Circuit Court.

The accused has been charged for possessing narcotic drug without lawful authority contrary to section 2(1) of the Narcotic Drug Law 236/90.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded into lawful custody to re-appear on March 24, 2014.

The Prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Tharukar Duuti presenting the case said the complainant Emmanuel Opoku is an information technician who resides at Tema Community 11, while the accused, a student also lives at Tema.

He said on February 28, 2014 at about 9.30am the complainant boarded a taxi from Tema Community 1 to Sakumono and in the course of the journey the accused also joined the car.

He said after the accused had joined the car, the complainant spotted the accused holding something like Indian hemp wrapped in a handkerchief.

Chief Superintendent Duuti noted that the complainant, assisted by one other person, arrested the accused to the Police Station and when he was searched, 10 wrappers of some dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp were retrieved from him.

He said, however, during interrogation the accused denied ownership of the suspected leaves. GNA

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