By Joyce Danso, GNA
Accra Jan. 17, GNA- A High Court in Accra on Thursday remanded into prison custody two persons who were caught with 93 pellets of cocaine from Adenta Housing Down, a suburb in Accra.
They are Juliet Atuah Mandoh, the alleged courier who was to transport the drug filled pellets to United Kingdom for a fee and Nana Kwesi Owusu, who is alleged to be the owner of the drugs.
Juliet and Owusu, charged with conspiracy to commit crime and possessing narcotic drugs without lawful authority pleaded not guilty.
They are expected to reappear on January 31 before the court presided over by Mr Justice Charles Ekow Baiden.
Counsel of Owusu, Mr Christine Teye Azu who was holding the brief of Mr Sarkodie Tweneboa told the court that he had filed a motion for bail which has been slated for hearing on January 21.
Mr Azu therefore prayed the court to adjourn the matter to the said date.
In the case of Juliet, she informed the court that her counsel had asked that the matter be adjourned for two weeks.
Prosecuting, Mr. Adamah Watkins, an Assistant State Attorney (ASA) said he was not aware of the bail application and needed time to study it and respond accordingly.
He told the court that Juliet is unemployed while Owusu is a car dealer.
Mr Watkins said the complainants are the arresting officers of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB).
He said Juliet resides at Adenta while Owusu resides at East Legon.
According to prosecution, Juliet has been transporting drugs from Ghana to the United States of America and other European countries.
On December 7, last year, Juliet was apprehended by NACOB officials and during interrogation, she told the officials that the drugs were given to her by Owusu to be transported to the United Kingdom for a fee of 1,000 dollars.
According to prosecution Owusu met Juliet at Town and Country Hotel at Achimota and gave her the 93 pellets of powdery substance to ingest and later drove her to the Airport.
Prosecution said Owusu gave Juliet 1,000 pounds and $1,000 to be given to a gentleman when she gets to the United Kingdom.
Additionally, Owusu gave Juliet $ 1,000 as her fee for transporting the drugs.
He said at the Airport, Owusu had a call which suggested that he should not allow Juliet to check in at the Airport, so Owusu drove off with Juliet and then collected the 1,000 pounds and $1,000 from her.
The prosecution said Juliet went to lodge at Expo 67 hotel at Accra New-Town where she expelled six of the pellets and kept same in her hand bag.
He said NACOB officials who had been monitoring events however arrested Juliet with the six pellets and put her under surveillance till she expelled the rest of the drugs.
The state Attorney said Juliet cooperated by calling Owusu to informed him that she had expelled the rest of the drugs.
Prosecution said Owusu then sent a motor rider to collect the expelled pellets and gave GH¢200 cedis to be given to Juliet to pay her hotel bills and in return give to the motor rider the drugs to be delivered to him at his hideout.
He said the motor rider after delivering the money to Juliet however sped off.
On December 11, last year, Juliet was given police enquiry bail. Owusu was however picked by NACOB officials on January 2, this year and when his room was searched, 1,000 pounds and $1,000 was retrieved from his room.
Prosecution said Owusu admitted that the monies found were those that he gave to Juliet to be given to a gentleman in the UK.
The prosecution said Owusu said the drugs were given to him by one Ibo man at Lapaz.
Prosecution said when the drugs were forwarded to the Ghana Standard Authority it tested positive for cocaine with 72.3 per cent purity.