The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) has described what it calls the biggest narcotics bust in the country’s history with the interception of 5,851 compressed slabs of contents suspected to be cannabis, at the Tema Port.
The illicit drug, popularly known as ‘wee’, with an estimated street value of £29.2 million, was concealed in boxes of yams ready to be shipped to the United Kingdom (UK).
Executive Secretary of NACOB, Mr Francis Torkornoo, told the media that the interception of the drug was the result of a collaboration between the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Port Police at the Tema Harbour.
He said Customs officials at the Tema Yam Park, where all yams to be exported were kept for Customs checks before export became suspicious, when large quantities of boxes containing yams were brought for export to the UK.
Being suspicious that some of the boxes might contain concealed drugs, Mr Torkornoo said, the Customs officials called NACOB officials operating at the Tema Port for assistance, to open some of the boxes for checks.
When the first box was opened, it contained yams that had been packed, but when the yams were removed one after the other, compressed substances wrapped in yellow cellophane were discovered in all the boxes ready for shipping.
Two suspects, Dominic Kojo Amenyo and Osae Akotua, both freight forwarders at the Tema Port, have been arrested in connection with the case.
A third suspect, whose name was given only as Bright, also a freight forwarder, is on the run and an intensive search has been mounted for his arrest.
The names of the companies involved in the abortive export of the yams and the cannabis have, however, been withheld for security reasons