Collins Agyemang, a businessman, has been arraigned before an Accra High Court for allegedly swallowing 140 pellets of white substance suspected to be cocaine.
The accused person was arrested when he arrived at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to board a Virgin Atlantic flight to London.
He was charged with attempted exportation of 1263.677.6 grams of cocaine in a court presided over by Justice Charles Quist, where he pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Agyemang has been remanded while the case has been adjourned to May 6, 2011.
Mr. Esiama Asampong, the Chief State Attorney who presented the facts of the case, said on June 14, 2010 the accused person, a businessman, arrived at the KIA to board a flight to London.
According to him, the businessman was going through boarding formalities but due to his grim demeanour, the Narcotics Control Board officers stationed at the airport suspected he was carrying foreign materials in his stomach.
The officers inspected him thoroughly and took him to their office, where they asked him to undergo a urine test.
The accused person explained that he had just urinated before arriving to board the flight so could not do so again.
Furthermore, the state attorney said Agyemang was in the custody of the officers when he started expelling pellets of whitish substances till the next day, when he expelled 140 pellets of the stuff suspected to be cocaine.
Explaining further, he said the pellets were taken to the Standard Board for analytical examination and it was revealed that the substance had tested positive for cocaine.
In addition, Mr. Essiama told the court that the businessman, during interrogation, admitted that he was given the substance to be given to a certain man, whose name he gave as Kwabena, for a fee.
He said the accused person was put before court after police concluded investigation.
Source Daily Guide