THE Mpraeso Magistrate Court presided over by Her Worship Madam Mariam Salleh Sinare has remanded nine suspects out of the 11 who were arrested by the Nkawkaw Divisional Police Command for dealing in substances suspected to be wee.
The suspects, currently in police custody, are to reappear before the court on 2nd March, 2016.
Seventeen suspected wee dealers were initially arrested by the Nkawkaw Police Command at Apesika in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region, after the police seized 204 bags of Indian hemp. But they were screened to eleven.
Chief Supt James Sarfo Peprah, the Nkawkaw Divisional Police Commander, said the 11 suspects were charged with the offence of possessing narcotic products contrary to section 2 ( 1 ) of PNDC Law 236/ 1990.
According to Supt James Sarfo Peprah, two women—Amaliba Clemencia, 21, a physically challenged pregnant woman, and Adwoa Amaliba, 20, a nursing mother—were granted bail to the sum of GH¢ 10,000 with a surety.
Chief Superintendent James Sarfo Peprah explained that the police, upon tipoff, gathered intelligence about the activities of farmers in the area and embarked on a dawn operation to arrest them.
According to him, that was his first time of embarking on such an operation in that area. He added that the village comprises 21 houses and that they retrieved wee from almost every house.
The Nkawkaw police chief further stated that the suspects attempted bribing the police with GH¢1000 after they were busted but the officers refused their offer. He said a Kia truck was used to convey the wee to the police station.
Samples of the substances, as gathered, have been sent to the Police Laboratory for examination.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Mpraeso – Magistrate Court