Last updateDim, 01 Fév 2015 11am

Justice/Ghana: Two jailed over huge cocaine import

Accra, Ghana - Two people have been jailed by the High Court in Accra for importing 414 kg of cocaine into Ghana. Miller Roland O’Neil, a Guyanese, and Seth Grant, a Ghanaian based in Brazil, were jailed on Tuesday for 20 years and 15 years respectively for importing the drugs.

The state-owned Graphic newspaper reported on Wednesday that they pleaded guilty to engaging in criminal conspiracy, importation of narcotic drugs without lawful authority and possession of narcotic drugs.

Three other suspects - Percival Junior Court and Samuel Monty, both Guyanese, and Singh Primchand, an Indian - have pleaded not guilty and their trial will commence on 10 January.

O’Neil said he had run into financial difficulties and was on the verge of losing his house and therefore agreed to cart the drug for a fee of US$ 50,000.

The drugs were seized when a ship on which it was being transported, MV Atiyah, was intercepted in Ghanaian waters by the Navy in November last year.

Pana 08/01/2014