Two persons have been arrested by the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) for attempting to smuggle 5,851 compressed slabs of cannabis to the United Kingdom, while one other person is at large. The arrest was done by NACOB in an operation at the Tema port. The drugs were concealed in boxes of yam set for export to the United Kingdom.
The seizure, one of the biggest narcotics busts in the history of the country, has an estimated street value of £29.2 million. Checks by NACOB revealed that the cannabis was compressed in yellow cellophane underneath all the boxes.
The suspects, Dominic Kojo Amenyo and Osae Akotua are both freight forwarders at the Tema Port and were handling the yams. Meanwhile a third suspect, one Bright, also a freight forwarder, is said to be on the run, according to a report in the Daily Graphic.
The Executive Secretary of NACOB, Francis Torkornoo has explained that, his outfit had been cooperating with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Police at the Tema Port.
Security agencies first became suspicious on March 7 when the yams were in storage for customs checks before export. Dominic Kojo Amenyo claimed to police he was on his normal rounds when Osae Akotua called him to assist with the yam. Amenyo told police he did not know the actual exporters or owners of the boxes containing the yam.
It was Osae Akotua who fingered the third suspect, Bright. He said bright had asked him to handle the processing of the documents for him.