Crime

Man introduces daughter to ganja business

Yao Agbetepey, believed to be in his 40s, was on Monday put before an Accra Circuit Court after police nabbed his eight year-old daughter, trying to sell Indian Hemp popularly known as wee.

The accused person was nabbed after the frightened little girl was caught trying to sell the substance to a police officer and mentioned her father as the one who sent her to do so.

Agbetepey was put before an Accra Circuit Court where he was charged with possession of narcotic drugs and pleaded not guilty to the offence.

He has been remanded in police custody on the orders of the trial judge Francis Obiri and is to re-appear on September 24.

Narrating events leading to the arrest, the state attor-ney handling the case, Alia N. Adu-Amankwah told the court that on May 9, personnel of the Narcotics Unit of the CID Headquarters embarked on all anti-narcotic operation to rid the city of drug peddlers.

According to her, the team in the course of their operations went to Odorkor official Town and came across the accused person’s daughter who attempted to sell dried leaves suspected to be ‘wee’ to one of the police personnel.

She said the officer took the girl to the accused person and searched his room where 27 compressed parcels of leaves suspected to be wee were discovered.

Furthermore, the state-attorney noted that when asked about who owned the exhibits, Agbetepey said they belonged to him and told police in his cautioned statement that they were for personal use.

She said Agbetepey also admitted that he sometimes sold some to friends when he had more than he could consume.

The prosecuting attorney said the accused person was consequently arrested and the exhibits forwarded to a police forensic laboratory for testing.

Results which were made available to the state proved it tested positive for Indian hemp.

She said the accused person was arraigned after police concluded investigations.

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