The Tema Regional Police Command has intercepted over 50 bags of two consignments of substances suspected to be Indian hemp along the beaches of Ningo.
Briefing the media at Ningo, the Public Relations Officer of the Tema Regional Police Command, ASP Juliana Obeng, noted that the consignments, which were meant for export to Nigeria, were intercepted at two separate beaches in the Ningo-Prampram area.
In the first incident, ASP Openg narrated that the police received a tip off concerning a group of young men who were carting sacks of Indian hemp onto canoes for transport to Nigeria on the evening of January 22.
She said when the police got to the scene, they encountered about 50 suspects who fled upon seeing them leaving behind the sacks on the canoe and a Toyota saloon car which also had 13 sacks of Indian hemp.
The police also revealed that the Toyota car had in it documents bearing the name of one Buju Ambrose, a Benin national.
In the latest incident on Friday February 19, the police made their way to a beach following another tip off that some individuals were trying to transport some sacks of the banned substance to Nigeria.
She said the police got to the scene and found 20 men loading sacks of Indian hemp into a waiting canoe, but the suspects again escaped leaving the canoe and its contents which included cell phones, 43 maxi sacks and 3 boxes of substances suspected to be Indian hemp.
ASP Obeng assured that investigations were still ongoing to arrest the drug smuggling syndicate and revealed that one man has been arrested for trying to bribe the police to ease their investigations into the drug smuggling operations.
“He attempted bribing the police with an amount of GHc2,630 in his bid to get the police to cool down the case. He is presently in police custody,” ASP Obeng said.
The cultivation and sale of the banned substance has become rampant with the police closing in on offenders.
Just last week, over 200 bags of substances suspected to be Indian Hemp, was seized at Apeisika, a farming community in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region.
Another seizure today [Tuesday]
In another case, a huge consignment of the substance was today [Tuesday] seized by the Eastern Regional Police Command.
The Indian hemp concealed in sacks, were being smuggled to Cote d’Ivoire from the Eastern Region.
Eastern Regional Crime officer, Chief Superintendent Edward Fakye-Kumi briefing the media said the substance was intercepted on Saturday February 20, after the Police had a tip off that a Benz bus with registration number, AW 138-15 from Atimpoku towards Tema, had on-board the Indian hemp.
By Delali Adogla-Bessa/citifmonline.com/Ghana