Joseph Nartey flanked by armed police officers with the exhibits behind them
THE NINGO-PRAMPRAM police have in separate operations intercepted a total of 59 sacks of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp (wee) which were being allegedly smuggled outside the country with the use of canoes.
Joseph Nartey, a 33-year-old man, was arrested in connection with the purported transportation of the illegal goods after he allegedly attempted to bribe the police with an amount of GH¢2,630 so that he could be set free.
The sacks of the dry leaves were confiscated at two separate beaches namely, Djange and Ayiteypaya at Ningo and Prampram respectively. The substance was being transported to Nigeria and Benin by sea at Prampram and Ningo when the police pounced on them.
Police retrieved a Benin registered Toyota Sienna car with registration number BB 0267, Yamaha outboard motor, charcoal pot, 2 jelly cans fully loaded with premix fuel, a bag of charcoal and maxi sacks fully load with the suspected wee.
The canoe which was being loaded with the suspected wee
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Juliana Obeng, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Tema Regional Police Command who briefed the media, claimed that on Friday, February 19, 2016 at about 10:00 pm, her outfit had a tip-off that some people were loading suspected Indian hemp into a canoe at Djange beach to be smuggled to Nigeria.
Police quickly deployed officers to the beach where they met about 20 men briskly loading the cargo into a canoe.
According to the PRO, the suspects fled the scene upon seeing the police, leaving behind a total of 46 sacks of suspected marijuana in the canoe with the inscription, ‘In Jesus name we pray, Holy Ghost fire 3.’
She pointed out that Joseph Nartey was in police custody assisting with investigations whiles the suspected ‘wee’ had been impounded for laboratory testing.
Prior to that, at about 7:00 pm on January 22, 2016, the Prampram police had information about some people, numbering 50, carting sacks of Indian hemp into a canoe at Ayitepaya beach at Old Ningo.
Quickly, the police patrol team was dispatched to the beach where about 50 persons were spotted busily loading some compressed items into sacks from a vehicle.
The suspects took to their heels upon sighting the police, leaving behind the Benin registered Toyota Sienna family car which contained 13 sacks of compressed parcels believed to be Indian hemp.
The PRO said the car, which was immediately impounded, had a document which bore the name Bodjou Ambrose and was being hunted by the police.
From Vincent Kubi, Old-Ningo