35 Sacks Wee Smugglers Nabbed

THIRTY-FIVE bags of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp have been impounded by the Brong-Ahafo Police from native farmers at Hiamantsini, a farming community near Nsawkaw in the Tain District of the region.

Six suspects including two women, one a nursing mother, and a septuagenarian are in police custody helping the police in their investigations. Briefing the press at the Regional Police Headquarters in Sunyani, regional crime officer Superintendent Alhaji Maama Ahin said the police had a tip-off that the people of Hiamantsini were engaged in Indian hemp cultivation and business.

As a result, on November 7, 2015 at about 11:30pm the police carried out a swoop on the community and searched some houses and rooms and retrieved the suspected cannabis and arrested the suspects.

The suspects are Liasu Bayor, 35, Kweku Emmanuel, 25, Kweku Sampani, 72, Kwabena Burubo, Augustina Dongazi, 26 and Joana Kwabesea, 23, a nursing mother.

According to the police, Joana’s husband, only identified as David, managed to run away with others and so they had to pick   her to help the police track down her husband. The police are

therefore pleading with the public to volunteer information which can lead to his arrest.

Superintendent Ahin said the suspects would be screened and those found culpable would be charged with possessing and dealing in narcotic drugs without license and arraigned before court. Meanwhile the police said they would ask the court to remand them to enable them conduct further investigation to see if the people in the community are perpetual wee farmers.

Meanwhile, the 35 bags of dried leaves will be sent to the police forensic unit in Accra for testing.

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FROM, Daniel Yao Dayee, Suynani.

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