Steve Kwaku Opoku, a native of Jamasi in the Ashanti Region, is likely to be hanged in far away Malaysia for attempting to smuggle illicit drug into that country.
Opoku, who claimed upon his arrest at the Kuala Kumpur International Airport he was a musician, attempted to smuggle crystal methylaphetamine, a form of Methamphetamine that can be smoked.
Methamphetamines is a new illicit drug that barons in the West African sub-region have developed and it has a large market in the Far East.
Opoku is being tried on the basis of the Malaysian Dangerous Drug Act of 1952 and if convicted would be hanged.
He was arrested on April 8, this year, when he traveled from Ghana with 1,700 grammes of the illicit substance. Opoku, upon his arrest, mentioned a Nigerian by name I.K., as the one who gave him a suitcase at the Kotoka International Airport to be given to somebody who would pick him up on his arrival at Malaysia.
His traveling arrangement was facilitated by the said I.K. when he expressed interest in traveling to that country. He was taken to Sungai Bulho prisons to commence trial.
Opoku, who was residing at Abeka Lapaz in Accra, gave his close relative name as Kwaku Gyimah, who happens to be his eldest son.
Source: The Enquirer
Category: Ghanaians Abroad