Four persons have been arrested by the police in connection with trading Indian hemp.
The suspects were arrested on separate occasions by personnel of the National Highway Patrol Unit at the Police Headquarters.
The four suspected drug dealers, Kwame Dzato, 26, driver, Tijani Chambers 42, Kamara Dini, 23, unemployed and Joe Akam, 21, unemployed were all arrested at Frankadua off the Accra-Ho road where they were bringing the narcotics from the Volta Region.
The police retrieved 109 parcels of compressed dried leaves believed to be Indian hemp popularly called wee.
While some of the stuff was hidden in the engine compartment of vehicles, others were concealed in luggage and knapsacks.
Briefing the Daily Guide, the Director of the National Highway patrol Unit, Superintendent Obed Dzikunu, said on Thursday October 25, 2012, at about 4:30pm men from the unit detailed to patrol the Accra-Ho road, stopped a Toyota Haice bus registered GT 3719-09 for routine checks.
During the search the police realized a luggage belonging to one of the passengers Kamara Dini contained 47 parcels of compressed dried leaves suspected to be wee.
Kamara was arrested after he claimed ownership of the bag.
Joe Akam was also arrested after he claimed ownership of a knapsack containing two parcels of compressed dried leaves.
He was traveling on Toyota Haice numbered GT 5378-10 which was stopped at the same sport for a random search at about 5:10pm the same day.
On Friday October 26, 2012, at about 5:30am, the team stopped a Benz Sprinter bus registered as AW 851-11. During a search the police found seven parcels of compressed dried leaves in a bag belonging to Tijani Chambers.
He was arrested after claiming ownership of the bag.
Earlier on the same day at about 4:15am the same police team stopped a Toyota Haice bus registered as GN 791-11 with Kwame Dzato at the wheels.
Dzato cunningly posted on obituary on the front of the vehicle and also tied red bands conspicuously on the side mirrors as though they were on their way to a funeral.
However, a search in the bus revealed 53 parcels of compressed dried leaves suspected to be wee in the engine compartment while some were also concealed beneath the drivers seat and the glued compartments of the vehicle.
He was arrested leaving his passengers stranded on the way.
All four suspects are currently in police custody helping the CID Narcotics Unit with investigation into the matter.
Supt. Dzikunu said that most criminals were usually on drugs so the arrest of peddlers was welcoming news since it would in the long term lead to crime reduction.
He urged the public especially commuters to be tolerant of the police during stop and check activities on the highways.
Source: Daily Guide
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