From News Desk
In-depth investigation conducted into the reported Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000) worth of cocaine busted at the Tema Port, reveals that the freight forwarder – Global Cargo and Commodities Ltd – was assisted by both National Security Council (NSC) and the Narcotics Control Commission (NARCOC), to clear the consignment of fifty containers of sugar from the Meridian Ports Services (MPS) operated Terminal Three of the Tema Port.
The Inquisition which was carried by a Specialist Security Reporter – Moses Kwesi Dautey, further unveiled that the batch was part of a consignment of three hundred containers of sugar, being shipped from Brazil to a consignee in Ghana.
On August 6, 2020, MEDITERRANEAN SHIPPING COMPANY LTD (MSC) vessel MV MSC MONTEREY departed Santos, Brazil, with a number of boxes, including the fifty, which shipper happened to be USINA SANTA ISABEL, an address in Sao Paulo and consigned to TRADE PASS GH LTD in Ghana.
On September 13, 2020, she docked at Terminal Three of the Tema Port and before the Global Cargo and Commodities Ltd, the freight forwarding company could commence the process for clearance, the NSC officials alerted of a tagged particular container and for that matter surveillance was placed on the box.
The clearing agent, having gone through documentation, invited the two security bodies who escorted the fifty containers from the MPS terminal, to the designated warehouse.
Personnel of these security establishments, supervised the discharge of the sugar from the various containers on September 11th and 12th till the very tagged one with container number MSCU6889036 and security seal FJ08881031 and the operatives at this stage, picked samples of six bags of the sugar for analysis, after which some pellets suspected to be narcotics were found.
All these while, the security agencies had the full collaboration of the agent, Global Cargo and Commodities Ltd to get to the source of the narcotics.
Probing further, it came to light that the seller of the three hundred 20-foot containers of sugar is SUCDEN MIDDLE EAST, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and the Bill of Lading number MEDUST209567, Global Cargo and Commodities Ltd, was put in the position of NOTIFY PARTY, who becomes responsible for the arrival of the vessel and inform the buyer so chosen by the seller.
The CONSIGNEE in this case is the entity with financial responsibility for the cargo, that is the buyer.
It was gathered that, whilst the vessel was on her voyage to Tema, the seller informed the freight forwarding Company, Global Cargo and Commodities Ltd of TRADEPASS Gh Ltd, as the confirmed consignee, however, there was instruction for the goods to be kept at the warehouse till the green light is given for its release, presupposing the business contract has been sealed.
TRADEPASS Gh Ltd initially intended using their own freight forwarding company to clear the goods but due to problems it has with the Customs warehousing code, the consignee decided to fall on Global Cargo and Commodities Ltd to clear the fifty containers of sugar.