Driver remanded for importing drugs without license


news, story, article

Caleb Kuleke, GNA

Ho, Nov. 19, GNA –
Padonu Olaolu, 46, Nigerian, has been remanded into prison custody by a Ho
Circuit Court for allegedly importing drugs without licence, importing
unregistered drugs and importing counterfeit drugs.

He pleaded not
guilty to the charges and will reappear on November 25, 2019.

Prosecuting, Police
Sergeant Patience Kuade told the court presided over by Madam Priscilla
Dikro-Ofori that the complainants in the case are officials from the Food and
Drugs Authority (FDA) and personnel from the Regional Drug Law Enforcement
Unit, whilst the accused is a driver, a Nigeria national and an employee of
George Umaka Okeke (GUO) Transport Company Limited in Nigeria and Ghana.

She said on November
9, 2019 at about 1530 hours the accused who was driving a white Toyota Hiace
with Nigerian registration number JJT 332ZF arrived at the Aflao border with
nine passengers, two Ghanaians and seven Nigerians.

The prosecution said
when officials of Narcotic Control Board and Food and Drug Authority conducted
a search on the vehicle at the vehicle examination section they discovered some
empty packets of Postinor2 and Mifabon in the vehicle and this prompted them to
send the vehicle to scanning facility at the border for scanning.

The prosecution said
when the officials analysed the scanned image they realized that some items
were concealed in a compartment under the seat beside the driver and the rest
on top of the spare tyre under the vehicle.

She said the
officials therefore conducted further physical inspection and retrieved 36
sachets x200mg of Mifabon drugs, 51 sachets x200mg of Cytotec drugs, 14 sachets
x100mg of Tramadol caps and 2,633 sachets x 0.75mg of Postinor2 drugs.

The prosecution said
the accused was therefore arrested and handed over to the police at the
Regional Drug Law Enforcement Unit and after investigation he was charged and