Fishing Vessel With Coke Busted

vesselThe Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) is questioning the five people arrested on board a fishing vessel loaded in the Western Region with more than 400 kilogrammes of cocaine with a street value of about 50 million dollars.

The vessel from Guyana, cristined “ATIYA” was intercepted by a combined patrol team, of the Navy and Air Force, including NACOB officials on Tuesday dawn, at the high seas in the region.

The suspects, made up of four Guyanese and a Ghanaian Resident in Brazil were airlifted to Accra and handed over to officials of NACOB for further investigations.

Their arrest followed an international collaboration between NACOB and its foreign partners.
According to the Chairman of the NACOB Board, Captain Baffour Assasie-Gyimah, the vessel was monitored at the high seas until it entered the Ghanaian waters.

He said officers from the Ghana Navy and NACOB arrested and escorted the
vessel to the Sekondi Naval Base for investigations.

“NACOB congratulates the Ghana Navy, the Ghana Air Force, and its foreign partners for a well co-ordinated collaboration,” Cpt. Assasie-Gyimahy stated in a release issued in Accra yesterday.

Meanwhile, sources close to the Western Naval Command, told The Ghanaian Times that the vessel was partly covered and being used to haul the cocaine.

The sources said 21 sacks of cocaine were seized by the operatives on board the MV ATIYAH. By Francis Asamoah Tuffour & Clement Adzei Boye

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