A woman believed to be in her 70s and sixteen others have been arrested by the Nkawkaw Divisional Police Command for cultivating and selling leaves suspected to be Indian hemp (wee).
The suspects were apprehended by the Nkawkaw Divisional Police Command at Apesika, in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region during a swoop in the town by the Police.
Divisional Commander in Nkawkaw, Chief Superintendent James Sarfo Peprah said on Adom FM’s Morning Show, ‘Dwaso Nsem’ on Monday that the police undertook the swoop as part of measures towards fighting crime before the Easter festivities.
According to him, the police discovered and carried away bags of the banned drug from each of the 21 houses in the community.
He added that the police arrested 17 persons but six were released after screening. The remainder, made up of six men and five women including a lady who was a dealer in the drug, are assisting in investigations.
The Police, he said had to hire a KIA Truck to carry bags of the banned substance from the town.
“We loaded two full trucks on two occasions before we could clear them from the village…,” he said.
Chief Superintendent James Sarfo Peprah further disclosed that attempts were made at bribing him and his ‘boys’ by the cultivators and dealers but he rejected the bribes.
“I knew certainly that they would approach us to take something but money is not everything because there are times when the lives of people are important…my boys were first approached but we all turned down the offers” he said.
Checks by Adomonline indicate a bribe of Ghs10,000 was offered.