Ekow Micah Ganja Weighed 127g Witness Tells Court

A witness in the narcotic-related trial of popular reggae musician Lester Ekow Micah has revealed that the substance found at the residence of the accused weighed 127 grams.

Ms Mercy Agyapong, a government analyst at the Forensic Laboratory of the Ghana Police Service who tested the substance, yesterday told an Accra Circuit Court that the substance proved positive for cannabis.

Led in evidence by the prosecution led by   Moses Atibilla, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), she said the substance which was handed to her in a sealed brown envelope was labelled ‘the Republic vrs Ekow Micah’.

The witness said having proven positive for cannabis, she wrote a report on the substance and submitted same to the ‘submitting agency’, insisting that the compressed substance weighed 127 grams.

During cross-examination, Andrew Kudzo Vortia, the new lawyer in the trial, while serving notice to the court to recall an earlier witness in the case, asked Ms Agyapong whether she saw any other name apart from that of the accused on the envelope.

In response, the government analyst indicated that she was unable to recollect other names on the envelope.

The trial judge, Aboagye Tandoh, has adjourned hearing of the case until Thursday, October 15, 2015 for the continuation of the cross-examination by Micah’s lawyer.

The reggae musician has denied the charge of possessing narcotic drugs without lawful authority and is currently on remand.

At the initial stages of the trial, ACP Atibilla said Micah is a resident of Ogbojo near Kokrobite in Accra.

He said on August 4 Micah was arrested by the Airport Police over an alleged extortion case currently under investigation.

ACP Atibilla said the following day, at about 1130 hours, the Police and the accused person visited Micah’s house to conduct a search and in the process, a quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp was found concealed in Micah’s bag.

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By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson


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