Police in Central Region have arrested a 35-year-old woman, who attempted to smuggle 15 mackerel tin fish containing what is suspected to be compressed Indian hemp to an inmate of the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison.
The suspect, Memuna Mahama, was arrested by prison officers on Wednesday, when he attempted to deliver them to Victor Owusu, who is serving a 110-year jail sentence.
Five of the tins actually contained mackerel, and the rest contained the suspected Indian hemp submerged in sand, according to Public Relations Officer of the Ankaful Prisons – ASP Daniel Machator.
He said Memuna, upon interrogation by the police, said she was unaware of the content of the tins, explaining that a friend in Kumasi had given the items to her to deliver to the inmate at the prison.
ASP Machator said Memuna had been handed over to the Elmina police for further investigation and asked the public to be cautious of people who send them to deliver items to inmates at the prison.
This is the third attempt at smuggling prohibited items into prison, this year alone by women.
In July, two women, were arrested with Indian hemp concealed in eight mobile phones hidden under their wigs, to deliver to the supposed husband of one of them who was serving a 70-year hard labour jail term in Maximum Security Prison.
In September, two women; aged 60 and 22, were arrested with a total of 37 parcels of suspected Indian hemp concealed in roundly shaped local soaps, popularly called “azuma blows” or “don’t touch me”.
They had gone to the main prisons separately with other prohibited items to be delivered to two inmates, who were serving 15 and 63 years imprisonment in hard labour respectively.
From Jonathan Donkor, Ankaful