Five hundred kilograms (500kg) of marijuana have been destroyed by the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) Friday 27th July, on the orders of an Accra Criminal High Court.
Justice Justin K. Dorgu ordered for the destruction of the substance together with 100kg of khat, a drug which contains alkaloid cathinone and a stimulant.
A statement sighted by 3news.com estimates the monetary valued of the destroyed substances to be over Five Hundred Thousand Cedis (ȼ500,000).
It also stated “the exercise was done in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, the Military, Ghana Standard Authority (GSA), Judicial Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the media”.
The order of events that preceded the destruction of the substance as contained in NACOB’s statement is as follows:
NACOB in December 2017 impounded a truck full of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis at Buokono, near Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region.
This was upon a tip-off that a boat from Dzemeni in the Volta Region was loaded with cannabis and had offloaded its content onto a truck at a village near Asesewa with its final destination being Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region.
NACOB in collaboration with the District Police Command at Asesewa intercepted the said truck with registration number ER 105-13 and arrested the driver, one Stephen Narteh Sangmortey, whiles his accomplice fled upon sensing danger.
In all, 124 sacks all containing dried leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa (wee) were retrieved from the truck.
These comprised 72 sacks of compressed dried leaves and 52 sacks of uncompressed dried leaves, all suspected to be cannabis. The 72 sacks of compressed dried leaves were further found to contain 4,326 slabs of compressed cannabis.
The purported owner of the consignment, one Nicholas Lartey (a.k.a Nharyo) has since been at large.