Busted Cocaine Woman Jailed 10 Years
A Liberian woman has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for trafficking cocaine through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
WoloMaikplay Margaret, who was trafficking the narcotics substance through KIA to Bangkok, Thailand, was handed the prison sentence by an Accra High Court.
The court presided over by Her Ladyship Justice Mary EkuaYanzuh on Wednesday August 31, 2022, after the conviction of Ms. WoloMaikplay Margaret, also imposed a fine of ten thousand penalty units; in default to serve three years additional term.
The Liberian national was apparently apprehended by Narcotics Control Commission (NCC) officers on the 14th of May, 2022, while transiting through KIA from Monrovia to Bangkok-Thailand onboard Qatar Airways.
A statement from the Narcotics Control Commission, copiedThe Anchor, said WoloMaikplay pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted exportation and possession of a narcotic drug without a Minister of Health license, in violation of sections 36 and 37 of the Narcotics Control Commission Act, 2020 (Act 1019), respectively.
The presiding judge, therefore, found the cocaine trafficker guilty on her own plea on each count to run concurrently.
The statement dated September 6 and signed by the Acting Director, Public Affairs and International RelationsFrancis Opoku Amoah said, “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).”
Francis Opoku Amoah also emphasized that the possession and attempted transportation of narcotic drugs is still illegal and punishable under domestic law.
The statement also assured citizens of the Commission’s ongoing commitment to keeping the influx and smuggling of all types of narcotic drugs, to a barest minimum through collaboration with the relevant stakeholders.