The Police at Asesewa in the Eastern Region have seized a total of 435 parcels of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, which were being smuggled to the Volta Region.
The parcels of the illegal substances were concealed in eight sacks, and mixed with sacks of charcoal that the Police say were being transported from Asesewa to Bator in the Volta region in a vehicle with registration GR 9953-F.
Two people, the driver of the vehicle and his mate have been arrested in connection with the seizure which occurred at about 4:15pm Wednesday at Akatang in the Upper Manya Krobo District
The Police say the two are being investigated after which they will be processed for court to face prosecution
Asesewa Police Commander DSP Stephen Ahiatafu, explained the driver of the vehicle claimed he had no knowledge of the contraband goods and that he was only transporting four sacks of charcoal, which a client sent through his mate.
But the driver’s mate, 35-year-old Ebenezer Zotorvi claimed ownership of the items and mentioned one James as owner of the illegal goods. The said James is currently on the run.
The Commander has meanwhile, warned those engaging in illegal drug business to desist from their trade or face the full rigours of the law.
The Eastern Region appears to becoming a hotspot for the Indian hemp business in recent times as the Police have within the last two months made several seizures.
This is the third biggest seizure of Indian hemp in the region within the last month by the Police. A month ago, 204 bags of the substances were seized at Apesika from some 21 houses.
A total of 4,589 compressed slabs of Indian Hemp were seized by the Police in Region in the region in the last week of February on the Kpong-Atimpoku road. The substances were contained in 64 sacks of concealed under sacks of poultry feed.
One person, 33-year old driver of the truck, Nicholas Asare, was arrested is currently being tried.
By Yvonne Neequaye|tv3network.com|Ghana