The Operation Vanguard task force has arrested 4 Chinese nationals and 5 Ghanaians engaged in illegal small-scale mining in two separate operations at Prestea/Huni Valley and Upper Denkyira West Districts of the Western Region.
Three of the Chinese were arrested together with 5 Ghanaian collaborators at an illegal mining site at Ensasi in the Prestea/Huni Valley District.
The names of the Chinese are; Wei Chan, 55 years, Lin Chao, 30 years and Lin Chintong, 21 years.
The Ghanaians are; Appiah Dankwah, 23 years, Samuel Baba, 39 years, Adingo Azuma, 20 years, Mohammed Mustapha, 30 years and Atia Yendo, 30 years.
A Lingong excavator, a Sany excavator, water pumping machines, 3 motorbikes, a Benz truck and other mining equipment, 2 washing plants and 4 changfans were also seized by the task force.
The suspects with all the items seized have been handed over to the Prestea Police Station for further investigations and possible prosecution.
The excavator, however, has been handed over to the Prestea/Huni Valley District.
The other Chinese illegal, Lee Hancheng miner was arrested at Ampaabena in the Upper Denkyira West District.
The task-force seized 2 excavators, 6 car batteries and a Kia Sportage vehicle with registration number GN 1856-13.
The suspect and the items are in the custody of the Atekyem Police Station in Dunkwa-on-Offin.