Ganja Trade Booms At Ningo Beach

Some police personnel of the Prampram District Police have rejected a bribe of GH¢2,630 a 32-year-old man who trades in Indian hemp attempted to give them to set him free.

Joseph Nartey was busted at the Djange Beach at Old Ningo in the Ningo-Prampram District, where the men in black had stormed to arrest some miscreant. Joseph Nartey, with 20 others, were allegedly loading a canoe with several sacks of substances suspected to be marijuana, and following a call alerting the police, which was received at about 10:00 p.m. on February 19, a team was dispatched to the beach.

Briefing a section of the media, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Juliana Obeng, Tema Regional Police Public Relations Officer, said the suspected sacks of  Indian hemp were to be transported by sea to Nigeria.

When the police team arrived at the Djange Beach, she said some young men, about 20 in number, were spotted busily loading the  sacks full of the substance believed to be Indian hemp  into a canoe, with inscriptions ‘Holy Ghost Fire’, ‘In Jesus name we pray’, ‘Obiara nana ni abrewa’. Sighting the police, the young men fled leaving behind the canoe and its contents.

Other items spotted at the scene were mobile phones, one Yamaha outboard motor, 43 maxi sacks of the suspected narcotic drug, three boxes containing compressed slaps of the substance, two jerry cans of premix fuel, sacks of charcoal, and a coal pot. According to ASP Obeng, the suspect bravely approached the police personnel at the scene in an attempt to bribe them with the said amount, but was immediately arrested.

The canoe has since been pulled ashore with the help of some youth in Ningo and Prampram, while investigation has been initiated into the case, she said. Besides that, a black Toyota Siena salon car has been impounded by the police in Prampram, after they discovered that it was loaded with 13 sacks of substance suspected to be Indian hemp.

ASP Obeng explained that at 7:00 p.m. on January 22, 2016, the police patrol team in Prampram had information that some young men were carting sacks of Indian hemp into a canoe at the Ayetepanya Beach near Old Ningo. She said the team proceeded to the beach, where they met the suspects, numbering about 50, loading sacks full of wrapped substances into a waiting canoe.

However, the suspects managed to escape with the canoe, while others jumped into the sea and swam away, she narrated. ASP Obeng said the Toyota vehicle, with registration number BB 0267-RB which was left behind without the ignition key, was found loaded with the 13 sacks of the substance, in addition to vehicle documents bearing the name of Bodjou Ambroise, a Benin national.

She said the vehicle and its contents were later towed to the Prampram Police Station, where an investigation has been launched to identify the owner of the vehicle. The Tema Regional Police Command PRO commended the traditional authority of Ningo and Prampram, chief fishermen, and the youth in the area for helping the police in their efforts to clamp down on the activities of narcotic peddlers.  Concluding, she launched an appeal to the public to volunteer information that could lead to the arrest of the persons behind the practice.

From Inusa Musah, Ningo

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