Security officers intercept narcotics wrapped as parcel
A team of security officers on Saturday, May 16, intercepted parcels of narcotics wrapped as gifts to outwit immigration and customs officials at Ghana’s border with Togo in Aflao.
To beat surveillance cameras and border officials, the syndicate used ‘Beat 6’, an unapproved route that borders the two countries in the Volta Region.
The incident happened at about 3:10 am when two officers from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and a Narcotics Control Authority personnel intercepted a large parcel suspected to be narcotic drugs.
The owners of the consignment abandoned the goods and fled to Togo when the officers attempted to arrest them.
The officers escorted the consignment to the main GIS office at the border. Narcotics Control Authority and Customs officials were invited for examination.
Upon opening the consignment, it contained 53 parcels of cannabis weighing 22683.2g, which was confirmed by officials. The parcels have been handed over to the Narcotics Control Authority at Aflao for further investigation.
The interception comes barely 48 hours after 31 parcels of cannabis were intercepted by the Ghana Immigration Service Border Patrol Team at the ‘Beat 11’ border enclave.
Commander in charge of the Aflao command, Chief Supt. Fred Duodu in a JoyNews interview said, “All six men who escaped into the bush were Ghanaians and their footprints could not be traced.”
The suspects are presently being pursued by the GIS Aflao Sector Command.