THE MADINA police are investigating how some quantity of cannabis (wee) got into four packs of Kalyppo fruit juice meant for an inmate in their cells.
A teenage footballer, Hamidam Azubire, who plays for Katameya FC in Egypt, has been arrested in connection with the case.
He is being held at the Madina District Police Headquarters cells to help in the ongoing investigation.
Narrating how Azubire, 19, was arrested, the District Commander of Madina Police, Supt. Joseph Owusu Bempah, told DAILY GUIDE that Azubire who claimed he played for Katameya FC, an Egyptian Football Club, called at the station on Sunday, July 8, 2012, at about 12:45pm to visit one George Ayitey, an armed robbery convict (also on remand for other robbery charges).
He came with a loaf of bread and a carton of Kalyppo containing 24 packs for his host. Against the backdrop of instances of visitors smuggling unauthorized substances into cells, the Madina Police have decided to inspect all items brought to cell inmates thoroughly.
Officers on that fateful day inspected each item for unwanted substance and soon discovered an unusual weight in one of the Kalyppo fruit drink.
They searched further and found dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp in three more packs of the fruit juice, bringing the number to four.
The visitor was quickly arrested and detained.
During interrogation, Hamidam played innocent, saying one Samuel Azure, a convict serving his jail term at the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons, requested him to bring the carton of Kalyppo and bread to George Ayitey at Madina who would in turn send them to him (Ayitey) at the Nsawam Prisons. He added that a woman met him at the Tema Community 1 Achimota Station and gave the stuff to him to give to George for safe delivery to Samuel at Nsawam as planned, explaining that he did not have any knowledge about the contents.
The police were not convinced about the explanation.
The police chief used the opportunity to warn the public to desist from smuggling narcotic drugs to inmates, explaining that a visitor died a few months ago at the station when he was choked by a substance suspected to be a mixture of cocaine and something else.
Supt. Owusu Bempah said the deceased, George Baidoo Duncan, concealed the drug in a hot bowl of soup he brought for one Joseph Kpakpo, an inmate at the Madina cells.
In bid to escape arrest, he reached out for the substance which was tied in transparent polythene and hidden in the soup and swallowed it.
He choked and died moments after at the station but his relatives accused the police of beating him to death.
Later, the police were exonerated by an autopsy report which indicated that the death was a result of the blockage of the upper respiratory tract.
BY Rocklyn Antonio