Nigerian National in Brazil Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Cocaine Possession and Smuggling in Ghana
Accra High Court has delivered its judgment on Ernest Nnajuiba Ukechukwu, a Nigerian national residing in Brazil, who was found guilty of possessing and attempting to smuggle cocaine into Ghana.
The court sentenced him to ten years in prison for his involvement in the illicit drug trade.
Confiscation of Cocaine at Kotoka International Airport
Ukechukwu’s illegal activities came to light when officials from the Narcotics Control Commission intercepted a significant quantity of cocaine at Kotoka International Airport (KIA). The confiscated cocaine weighed a staggering 16568.83 grams, indicating the seriousness of the crime.
Sentences Handed Down
The Accra High Court handed Ukechukwu a ten-year prison sentence, indicating the gravity of the offense. Additionally, his sentence includes ten years of hard labor and a fine of Ten thousand penalty units. Failure to pay the fine will result in an additional three (3) years of imprisonment. Notably, the sentences will be served concurrently.
Fighting the Menace of Drug Trafficking
The court’s decision to impose strict penalties on Ukechukwu underscores the seriousness with which Ghana is combating drug trafficking and illegal drug-related activities. Such stringent measures are essential to deter potential offenders and protect the country from the harmful effects of drug abuse and trafficking.
Source: Ghana News Agency