In Ghana Liberian reportedly jailed for 10 years in an attempt to smuggle cocaine at KIA to Bangkok

An Accra High Court has sentenced a Liberian national to 10 years imprisonment for attempting to smuggle cocaine, a narcotic drug, through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to Bangkok in Thailand.

The court presided by her Ladyship Justice Mary Ekua Yanzuh on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, after the conviction of Ms. Wolo Maikplay Margaret, also fined her ten thousand penalty units (GH¢120,000) in default to serve three years additional term.

According to one of the Ghanaian online news outlet, the Modern Ghana, the  accused pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted exportation and possession of a narcotic drug without a Minister of Health licence , in violation of sections 36 and 37 of the Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019), respectively.

The presiding judge, however, found her guilty on her own plea on each count to run concurrently.

Ms. Wolo Maikplay Margaret was apprehended by Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC) officers on the 14th of May 2022, while transiting through Kotoka International Airport (KIA) from Monrovia to Bangkok-Thailand onboard Qatar Airways.

A total of thirty (30) pellets containing cocaine weighing 277.2101grams were retrieved from beneath her breast and vagina when commission officials conducted a physical search on her after receiving a tip from a sister security agency at Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The commission also emphasised that the possession and attempted transportation of narcotic drugs is still illegal and punishable under domestic law.

It also assured citizens of its ongoing commitment to keeping the influx and smuggling of all types of narcotic drugs to a bare minimum through collaboration with the relevant stakeholders.

By Citi Newsroom

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