General News of Tuesday, 1 August 2017
The Eastern regional Police Command has revised its strategy to clamping down on illicit drug dealers in the region, notorious for narcotic drugs.
The effort of the Police has received a major boost following training by the United Nations Office on Drugs Control for some selected Police Personnel.
According to the Regional Commander, ACP George Alex Mensah, the narcotic peddlers have resorted to various modus oprandi to outsmart security which the Police Command has detected therefore using intelligence gathering to trail and arrest them to minimize the menace.
The Regional Commander said this in an interview with Starr News Eastern regional Correspondent Kojo Ansah following the arrest 2,228 parcels marijuana concealed under Sachet water, the biggest consignment of narcotics this seized this year in the region.
The Eastern Regional Police Command impounded a Kia Rhino Track loaded with a total of 2,228 slaps of marijuana concealed under Sachet Water bags in attempt to be smuggled to the United States of America.
One of the suspects Joseph Sarpong, 34, has been arrested but his two accomplices are at large.The suspect has been remanded on Tuesday.
According to the Police the Police Commander, On July 28, 2017 at 10:30pm, the Eastern Regional Police Highway Patrol Team led by Corporal Richard Sabi, upon a tip -off trailed three young men who were in the process of loading substance suspected to be Indian Hemp into a Kia Rhino Truck at Kpong near Akosombo to be smuggled to Tema port for export.
The Patrol team upon reaching Kpong within the KNUST farmstead laid ambush and managed to arrest suspect Joseph Sarpong 34 years.
However his two other accomplices managed to escaped and abandoned the Kia Rhino truck with registration number GN 4587-15 which contained fertilizer sacks concealed over with about 100 bags of Global Ice sachet water and covered with a Tarpaulin
According to the Police, the truck was impounded together with the suspect and brought to the Eastern Regional Police Headquarters for further investigation.
Further search conducted in the vehicle unraveled 8 white fertilizer sacks with each sack containing 80 compressed slabs, 21 large fertilizer sacks concealed in big black polythene bags which also contained 68 slabs each, and 4 mini fertilizer sacks also containing 40 slabs each of compressed dried leaves, all suspected to be Indian Hemp respectively.
The 33 fertilizer sacks contain total of 2,228 slabs of dried substance suspected to be Indian hemp out of which 1,428 of the slabs have been labeled “USA” with red marker, giving the suspicion that, that component was meant to be exported to the USA.
The Kia Rhino truck has been impounded, whilst the 33 fertilizer sacks containing 2,228 slabs of dried substance suspected Indian hemp is expected to be sent to police Laboratory for forensic test.