Covering the Kingdom: British teens guilty of trying to smuggle drugs from Ghana
Two British 16-year-old girls were found guilty by a Ghanaian court for attempting to smuggle 13 pounds of cocaine from Ghana to the U.K., according to a BBC News report.
Yasemin Vatansever and Yatunde Diya, both from London, were arrested in July at an airport in Accra for trying to smuggle the drugs onto a British Airways flight to London, the report said.
The girls are expected to appeal the verdict. They had told the court that they were set up, but the prosecution said they were involved from the start in the drug smuggling plot, the report said.
Both could face up to three years in a juvenile detention facility when sentenced on Dec. 5.
Giant cannabis factory seized in police raid in southern WalesA large-scale cannabis factory has been uncovered in a police raid in the southern Wales’ city of Newport, according to a BBC News report.
Police found 350 cannabis plants during the raid on a three-bedroom terrace house. The street value of the plants is estimated at being 150,000 pounds ($317,000) a year, the report said.
Thousands of pounds’ worth of hydroponics equipment, used to aid plant growth, also was discovered by police.
More than 30 other cannabis factories had been found in the city over the past year, the report said.
Man who participated in failed suicide attacks gets 33 yearsThe fifth bomber in the unsuccessful July 21, 2005, suicide attacks on London was jailed for 33 years last week, according to a British newspaper.
Ghanaian-born Manfo Asiedu, 34, was one of five would-be suicide bombers who tried to create more chaos on London’s transport system two weeks after 52 people were killed in a similar attack, a Guardian newspaper report said.
His role in the plot was to place a bomb in the White City Underground station, but he backed out at the last moment and ditched his rucksack bomb in a wooded area in west London. He then turned himself in to police five days later, according to the report.