Six persons into the trading of restricted drugs including tramadol, aphrodisiac and unapproved cosmetics have been fined GhC3000 each.
A Koforidua Circuit Court presided over by Janet Animah Marfo convicted the six made up of five females and a male to a total fine of GhC18,000 and in default serve five years jail term.
The convicts pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of restricted drugs without lawful authority.The Judge said she applied the minimum sentence stipulated in the provision based on a plea by the defense counsel.
The convicts are William Murphy, 32, Shakira Mohammed, 24, Irene Boateng, 35, Evelyn Ama Asantewaa,48, Amina Sulemana,35, and Taufikatu Belson,35 – all traders and residents of New Juaben Municipality.
The Court has, however, issued arrest warrant on the first accused person Emmanuel Kofi Oppong, 42, for failing to appear before court.