From Ops VANGUARD Desk
20 Chinese nationals suspected of engaging in illegal mining, have been apprehended in massive operations conducted by Operation VANGUARD personnel, at Mpohor and Prestea-Huni Valley, in the Western Region on Wednesday 18th September, 2019.
Several equipment used by illegal miners, such as 5 excavators, 2 generator sets, 7 water pumping machines and excavator parts and pump action rifles, were also confiscated.
The suspects are currently in the custody of the Abosso Police, pending proper handing over to Ghana Immigration Service (GIS).
Two (2) other Chinese nationals were arrested in patrols conducted within the general area of Ntobroso, in the Atwima Mponua District on Monday, 16th September, 2019, together with a Toyota pickup truck and several other miscellaneous mining equipment.
In operations conducted in the general area of Abompe in the Fanteakwa District, a Bissau-Guinean and 14 Ghanaian suspected illegal miners were also arrested.
All the foreign suspects have since been handed over to Ghana Immigration Service with the locals in the custody of various district police stations awaiting further action.