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A Kia truck with registration number ER 105-13, packed with dried leaves suspected to be cannabis has been confiscated at Buokono, near Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region by the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB).

NACOB last year were prompted that a boat from Dzemeni in the Volta Region, which was loaded with cannabis and had discharged its content onto a truck at a village near Asesewa to be sneaked Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region.

NACOB in partnership with the District Police Command at Asesewa intercepted the said truck and arrested the driver, one Stephen Narteh Sangmortey, whiles his abettor fled upon sensing danger when security officers stopped their vehicle for checks, a statement by NACOB said.

A search conducted on the truck discovered sacks filled with dried leaves suspected to be cannabis, packed onto the bucket of the truck and covered with a tarpaulin.

A total of 124 sacks all containing dried leaves supposed to be cannabis sativa (wee) were recovered from the truck.

These consisted 72 sacks of compressed dried leaves and 52 sacks of uncompressed dried leaves, all suspected to be cannabis.

The 72 sacks of compressed dried leaves were further found to contain 4,326 slabs of compressed cannabis.
The estimated gross weight of the seized cannabis is believed to be 5 tonnes, with street value of approximately half a million Ghana Cedis (GH 500,000).

One Nicholas Lartey, alias Nharyo was named as the supposed owner of the package by the drug enforcement agency.

 He is currently at large, according to NACOB

The driver of the truck, Stephen Narteh Sangmortey was put before court and consequently remanded in prisons custody.

NACOB in a statement has assured the public of its continuous commitment aimed at curbing the illicit drug trade.

The public has been encouraged to voluntarily provide information leading to the arrest of persons suspected to be indulging in despicable activities especially in narcotics related acts.

NACOB, as part of its strategies to intensify the advocacy campaign against drug abuse and trafficking, has called on the youth to refrain from engaging in acts that would endanger their future.

Last modified on Thursday, 25 January 2018
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