Police intercept large quantity of suspected cannabis in V/Region
The Volta Regional Police Command has intercepted a large quantity of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa at Kayira, near Kpeve in the South Dayi District in the Volta Region.
The suspected ‘Indian hemp,’ which is the largest quantity to have been impounded in the region, was packed in 50 sacks and five barrels.
According to the Volta Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Francis Ebenezer Doku, the substance had a street value of GH¢300,000.
So far, four persons have been picked up by the police in connection with the case. They are Prosper Donkor, 28; Adzomle Torkor, 70; Samuel Gati, 38, and Dotsey Noah, 25.
They are to appear before a Ho court.
Briefing the media in Ho yesterday, Mr Doku said the arrest was based on intelligence reports that some quantities of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp had been hidden at certain locations at Kpeve.
He said 25 police personnel were quickly despatched to the area and upon reaching Kayira, they found two persons carrying some sacks on a motorbike.
When the police gave them a chase, they abandoned their motorbike and absconded.
A further search led to the discovery of 50 sacks and five barrels loaded with the substance.
The police also retrieved two unregistered motorbikes and four locally manufactured guns.
The commander said his outfit was conducting further investigations into the issue and called on the public to volunteer information that would enable them to apprehend all those involved in the cultivation and distribution of the substance in the region.
He said fighting crime was the collective responsibility of all for which reason the public must support the police in their activities.
Mr Doku further gave an assurance that they would continue to give of their best in the fight against illegal drugs in the region, adding that “the fight against illicit drugs is ongoing.
Further intelligence is being gathered. We want to assure you that for as long as illegal drug is within the system, we will continue to fight it.”