A 34-year-old trader has been put before an Accra Circuit Court for selling Akpeteshie, a locally brewed alcohol, laced with substances suspected to be Indian Hemp.
Adjoa Frimpomaa was arrested by police personnel at Taifa in Accra after they received information that the accused was selling the local drink laced with substances suspected to be cannabis.
The police personnel also found four plastic containers of the Akpeteshie at the drinking spot.
Adjoa was put before the court on one count of possessing narcotic drug without lawful authority.
She pleaded not guilty.
Her lawyer prayed the court to grant her bail, saying she is a nursing mother and would make herself available for the trial.
The court, presided over by a relieving judge, Harriet Akweley Quaye, granted the accused bail in the sum of GH₵20,000 with one surety who must be gainfully employed.
She will reappear on September 27, 2018.
The prosecution, led by Chief Inspector Victor Dosoo, told the court that the complainants in the case are police personnel stationed at Kwabenya District.
He said on September 3, 2018 at about 1 pm, the police officers were on their routine patrol when they gathered intelligence that the suspect was selling alcoholic drinks laced with narcotics at her drinking spot.
The prosecutor said the police stormed the drinking spot and a search conducted revealed four plastic containers of Akpeteshie laced with herbs suspected to be cannabis.
“Also found at the bar were one and half gallon of similar drinks and dried leaves suspected to be cannabis used in lacing them,” Chief Inspector Dosoo told the court.
He added that the accused was transported to the police station together with the exhibit and a formal complaint was lodged.
He told the court that the exhibits would be forwarded to the police forensic laboratory for examination.
By Gibril Abdul Razak