It has emerged that the owner of Sohin Security Check Limited – the company that was providing security at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) – Solomon Adelaquaye, can never return to the United States of America again.
He was jailed in the US for 24 months for dealing in heroin, a narcotic drug, and has since been deported to Ghana. He was jailed for only 24 months because he cooperated with investigators, according to sources. He arrived on Friday, February 13, 2015 via Delta Air Lines Flight 478 and was immediately whisked away by NACOB officials for debriefing.
A US Department of Homeland Security document deporting Adelaquaye after serving his sentence, sighted by DAILY GUIDE , shows that he has been banned from entering the US for life.
‘You have been found to be inadmissible to the United States under the provisions of Section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act or deportable under the provisions of Section 237 of the Act as a Visa Pilot Waiver Programme violator. In accordance with the provisions of Section 212(a) (9) of the Act, you are prohibited from entering, attempting to enter, or being in the United States,’ a notice to Alien Ordered Removed/Departure Verification filed on December 31 last year indicated.
Adelaquaye was arrested in May 2013 with two Nigerians and a Colombian following a joint US-Ghana operation.
He was tipping off drug barons as well as aiding them to use the KIA for their operations.
The ex-convict was said to have secured the KIA security contract using his National Democratic Congress (NDC) connection.
‘At any time, because in addition to being found inadmissible, you have been convicted of crime designated as an aggravated felony,’ the document, which subject identity was 351750614, affirmed Adelaquaye’s case.
The owner of Sohin Security Check Limited, who was touted as an NDC financier from 2009, had been issued a two-year US Multiple Entry Visa with Control number 20131235160003.
US investigators were able to prove that Adelaquaye, by virtue of his position at Ghana’s main airport, was able to conspire with others to export narcotic drugs to America.
He stood trial together with Colombian Samuel Antonia Pinedo-Rueda and the Nigerians were Frank Muodum and Celestine Ofor Orjinweke.
US Undercover Agents
During the trial it emerged that at a meeting on February 25, 2012 at Adelaquaye’s office at the KIA in Accra, a US undercover agent who feigned interest in the narcotic drugs business said he (agent) had hidden 1kg of heroin in his laptop and that the Sohin Security boss was able to use his influence to bypass security checks and handed over the computer to the agent later.
Again, the agent was able to give Adelaquaye $6,000 cash to guarantee the safe passage of the heroin through the airport.
It also emerged that at a separate meeting in Accra in May 2013, another US undercover agent who posed as a dealer from Colombia was able to discuss with Adelaquaye, Muodum and Orjinweke a plan to supply them with 3,000kg of cocaine, valued at $25,000 per kilogramme, in exchange for an amount of heroin of similar value.
Adelaquaye, Muodum and Orjinweke told the agent that they could transport the heroin to the United States by airplane in multiple shipments of 25kg each.
He (Adelaquaye) and the Nigerians were arrested in New York soon thereafter while Pinedo-Rueda was apprehended in Colombia.
In a related development, the security agencies are yet to disclose the steps they took when fresh allegations emerged against Adelaquaye over the â‚¬1 million (approximately GH¢2.6 million at the time) which was reportedly found in his local bank account.
The amount was tracked down by the undercover agency, the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), which was instituted to hunt down money launderers in Ghana as far back as October 2012.
The FIC’s investigations had been triggered by a whistleblower within Five Stars Mining Company Ltd – the company also owned by Adelaquaye – and a confidential document of October 10, 2012 was addressed to the then National Security Coordinator, Larry Gbevlo-Lartey.
Investigations conducted by the FIC into the activities and operations of Five Star Mining Company Limited later revealed that although it was registered with the Registrar-General’s Department to do mining prospecting and mining as well as deal in mining equipment and chemicals, ‘the company was engaged in an unlawful business since it has no mandate from PMMC to deal in gold.’
The FIC accordingly wrote to the National Security Coordinator to inform him of the outcome of its investigations in a letter dated December 13, 2012, in which it also identified the Directors of the company as Adelaquaye who was CEO, one Mark Archibald, Rufus Kofi Korvili Mensah and Eric Kwaku Harrison as the secretary – all purported to be bearing Ghanaian passports.
The letter had alerted Col. Gbevlo-Lartey about the fraudulent activities of Adelaquaye in the report, including how Adelaquaye’s mining company’s bank account number 8700231292600 with a local bank (name withheld) had been used as a conduit for laundering all sorts of fraudulent money for his partners abroad.
The Sohin Security boss was believed to have retained 50 percent of all the monies transferred through him as payment for allowing his account to be used for the fraudulent movement of cash.
By William Yaw Owusu
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