AISHA GANGAREY, a TV presenter and six others who are facing trial in an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly sending 3.7 kilograms of heroin to the United States of America through couriers, yesterday faced fresh charges in an Accra Magistrate Court.
The suspects, Gangarey, Benjamin Boamah (alias Kweku), Derrick Boateng, Lawrence Aboagye, Alvin Salim Mustapha and Derrick Maxwell have been charged with conspiracy to import and export narcotic drugs without lawful authority and doing business relating to narcotic drugs.
Previously, they were charged with conspiracy to import and export narcotic drugs without lawful authority.
The suspects allegedly sent couriers to the US and when they (couriers) were arrested at JFK Airport and Washington International Airport, they mentioned the suspects as those who sent them.
All the suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and have been remanded into police custody on the orders of the trial judge, Arit Nsemoh, to re-appear on May 15,
The State Attorney, who presented the facts on the TV presenter, stated that she is a Ghanaian, adding that her husband (now deceased) had a partner who was arrested in the United States in 2012 over drugs.
She said the FBI, in collaboration with Interpol Accra, the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) and the United States Embassy, received a deposition on August 28, 2013 through the Attorney-General for the extradition of Aisha after her deceased husband’s partner, who was arrested in the United States over heroin, became a CW.
According to her, the suspect mentioned Aisha as the one who sent her 1.5 kg of heroin through a courier at the cost of $35,000.
The prosecutor stated that there was also an extradition request for Boamah, Boateng and Aboagye.
She revealed that the deposition stated that on April 19, 2012, a drug suspect was arrested at Washington
International Airport by US Customs after he had expelled pellets of heroin weighing 767 grams.
In addition, she said the suspect, during interrogation, mentioned the Ghanaian suspects as those who helped him to obtain the said drugs for a trip to the US.
The prosecuting attorney indicated that Mustapha and Maxwell were also wanted by the US authorities.
Explaining further, she said the request followed the arrest of a suspected courier at JFK Airport after he (courier) had arrived from Ghana with Delta Airlines with 1.4 kg of heroin allegedly given by the suspects.
The charges were dropped after the State Attorney handling the case, Rebecca Adjalo, entered nolle prosequi to free the suspects but they were re-arrested and hauled before an Accra Magistrate Court at Adjabeng for a remand order.
By Fidelia Achama
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