Police arrested 17 persons for alleged narcotic trade

The police has arrested 17 suspects over narcotic substances in separate operations conducted last Tuesday and Wednesday in the region.

The Volta Regional Police Public Affairs, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Effia Tenge, told the Ghana News Agency that 13 of the suspects were arrested in an hour-long operation at Juapong last Wednesday.

She said the police in that operation retrieved and impounded quantities of dried leaves, slabs of compressed dried leaves, quantities of cocaine and implements such as pairs of scissors, folding paper (Rizla), and brown paper, and some five motorbikes that were abandoned at the ghettos

In a similar exercise, DSP Tenge said three suspects were arrested by the Dzodze District Police with quantities of narcotic substances.

She said 281 wraps of substances suspected to be Indian hemp and assorted narcotics induced preparations; 622 pieces of toffee, bitters, and other implements used in processing narcotics substances; rolling paper; (Rizla) pairs of scissors, brown paper, and lighters.

The Regional Police Public Affairs Officer said the 17th suspect was arrested by the Keta Police while trying to escape arrest and that efforts were being made to arrest his accomplices.

“At the Abutiakope beach at Keta, a 59-year-old male suspect is in police custody after his attempts to escape arrest failed when they were swooped on.

The Poilce PRO said his accomplices managed to escape in a fishing boat at the Abutiakope beach, abandoning

She said two sacks of narcotic substances and a Pajero SUV were impounded.

DSP Tenge said the Command has mounted a search for the arrest of the suspects on the run.

She indicated that all 17 suspects would be screened and those found culpable after investigations arraigned. -GNA

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