[Graphic Newspaper] – Three Guyanese who imported 414 kilogrammes of cocaine into Ghana were yesterday sentenced to a total of 34 years imprisonment with hard labour by the Fast Track High Court in Accra.
Percival Junior Court, an engineer; Samuel Monty and Singh Princhad, both seamen, were found guilty on three counts of engaging in criminal conspiracy, importation of narcotic drug without lawful authority and possession of narcotic drug.
Court, 53, and Monty, 47, were sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment on each count, while Princhad was slapped with a 10-year jail term.
The presiding judge, Mr Justice Clemence J. Honyenuga, ordered that the vessel which was used to cart the drugs to Ghana on November 19, 2013 be confiscated to the state.
The vessel is the MV Atiyah Ex-Alisam, with registration number 000471.
According to the trial judge, the prosecution, which was led by a Chief State Attorney, Mr Asiamah Sampong, was able to lead evidence to prove that the convicts had conspired, illegally imported and had possession of the narcotic drug.
The convicts, who wore white shirts, looked on pensively as the trial judge read the judgement, which lasted two hours.
The drug had a street value of $60 million as of the time the convicts were apprehended.