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2,497 Wee Slabs are Seized by Immigration Authorities

2,497 Wee Slabs are seized by immigration officers.

The dried leaves that were seized

More than 2,497 slabs of suspected Indian hemp have been seized by officers from the Nyive Sector Command of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) in the Volta Region.

Atikpui, a border town along Ghana’s border with Togo in the Ho Municipality, was found to be hiding the illegal narcotics in industrial sacks.

GIS Public Relations Officer Felix Klu Adjei, who confirmed the event, said the operation took place about 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in the Volta Regional Command of the GIS

On Thursday, July 28, 2022, the exhibits were handed over to the Narcotics Control Board once the relevant procedures were completed.

Suspected Indian hemp was being transported from Ghana to Togo by an urvan bus, according to the Deputy Superintendent of Immigration (DSI), Joanna S.A. Agbeti, Commander of Shia Border Post.

An assistant commissioner of immigration (ACI) in Nyive, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration Abdulai Zakaria, stated his agency had acquired intelligence about the illegal substance’s transportation.

The information they had was that the vehicle of the suspects got stopped at some point because of the nature of the unauthorized route being used. To do this, they decided to unload the car so that it could cross the unmotorable terrain.

It is claimed that their informant spotted the sacks when suspects were unloading contraband and alerted them to their whereabouts.

There was a crew sent in when the Command received a “signal” concerning the commodities’ movement, he claimed. However, before the team could arrive, the suspects escaped.” Some of the material may have made it out with the crew, but it’s not clear if they took it all.

Deputy ACI Zakaria commended the informants and asked citizens in the region, especially those around Ghana’s border with Togo, to cooperate and engage with the agency in the fight against illicit activities, notably the illegal movement of commodities and people that could put Ghana at risk.

Over 3,000 packages containing illegal substances were intercepted by the Ghana Immigration Service in the Volta Region in 2021. Between 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, 760 illegal immigrants were detained and sent to their home countries.

 

From Fred Duodu (k.duodu@yahoo.com):

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