The driver, who allegedly abandoned consignments of dried leaves suspected to be India hemp, has submitted himself to the police at Adentan in Accra.
Kwame Ofori, 35, and his mate, currently on the run were said to have been on the wanted list of the Adentan Divisional Police Command for abandoning a mini bus full of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp while he was being pursued by police personnel from the Highway Police Patrol Department and Visibility Unit.
He was reported to have submitted himself to the police and will assist in investigations.
The police, in their search on the abandoned mini bus, discovered six jute bags full of dried leaves and another 109 compressed dried leaves wrapped with plastic.
The Adentan Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent of Police Martin Ayiih, said at about 4:30 pm on August 29, the National Police Patrol Department personnel and the Visibility team on duty at Adentan Dodowa Junction, saw the sacks in the bus and became suspicious.
He said the police signalled the Hyundai mini bus with registration number GT 4680-14 carrying the sacks to stop but the driver refused to stop but rather sped off towards Madina.
He said the police gave the driver a chase and sensing danger that he might be caught up in traffic, branched off the main road towards the P&E Engineers area.
“Unfortunately for him, the road was blocked and he was trapped at the dead end of the road,” Mr Ayiih said.
He indicated that while the police closed up on the driver, he turned off the ignition key and together with another occupant of the mini bus, suspected to be his mate, fled, leaving the vehicle behind.
He said after discovering the contents of the sacks the team reported the matter to the Adentan Police whose investigators went to the spot where they found the vehicle with the substance.
Chief Supt. Ayiih said the vehicle was towed to the Adentan Police Station and during a search, a driver’s licence bearing the name Kwame Ofori, 35 was found.
The Police Commander said the dried leaves would be sent to the Police Forensic Laboratory for examination.
He said the police had mounted a search for the accomplice.
By Anita Nyarko