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Kinapharma Head OfficeKinapharma Pharmaceutical Company Limited has revealed that the substances identified in their warehouse last Thursday by a team of police personnel and Narcotic Control Board (NACOB) were not cocaine.

According to Francisca Holdbrook-Smith, Human Resource Manager of the company, out of the 27 test ran by NACOB, only one proves falsely positive to have contained a substance believed to be cocaine but the company challenges the outcome and urges that further test be conducted.

Three officials of Kinapharma Company were last Thursday picked up and detained by the CID for possessing substances believed to be containing some amount of cocaine.

They were provisionally charged yesterday, DAILY GUIDE learnt.

The three included Kofi Nsiah Poku Managing Director, Mrs Nsiah Poku, deputy Managing Director and Eshum Fameyeh, General Manager.

The three officials were nabbed upon a tip-off and a search conducted in their warehouse revealed that some of the chemicals had been contaminated.

Giving the names of the substances as Diazepam Powder BP 2002 and Chlordiazepoxide HCI BF2004, the Human Resource Manager noted that those were drug precursors imported for the manufacturing of drugs.

However, she was not able to tell which drugs those precursors were used in producing.

“Because of the nature of the substances, we kept them in a safety places with security men guarding them day and night and they are not enough because we do not produce enough of the drug to the public.”

She however challenged the claim that the company has the entire document covering whatever they import and produce.

Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, Chief
Inspector Joseph Benefo Darkwah, in an interview with DAILY GUIDE, indicated that investigations are still ongoing in the matter.

He said if the final test proves positive to have contained substance prohibited under Ghana’s narcotic control law, the management of the company would then be prosecuted.

“We the police are in to investigate, and until the final test proves negative, the officials arrested would still be under our custody.”

By Linda Tenyah

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