The Volta Regional Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) team over the weekend impounded a large volume of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis upon a tip-off, says the Volta Regional Commader, DCOP Francis Doku.
A street value of the dried leaves found in some homes in New Kayira, a community in the South Dayi District, has been pegged at GhC300,000.
The leaves were concealed in 50 sacks and 5 drums. 4 locally manufactured guns, 2 unregistered motorbikes and 4 weighing scales were all confiscated in the operation.
DCOP Francis Doku said the Regional Command received a tip off that some dried leaves were being hidden in some parts of the Kpeve Police District.
He added that the Regional SWAT team, led by ASP Eric Banini was quickly dispatched to the location.
He further detailed that the team on patrol in the area spotted two men on a motorbike loaded with sacks at New Kayira and gave them a chase.
“…because they have knowledge of the terrain they were able to run away. We [police] did further search which led to the discovery of 50 sacks of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis and 5 drums of dried leaves also suspected to be cannabis.”
DCOP Doku said they found 4 locally manufactured guns during the search and arrested four suspects whose homes the dried leaves were found.
“So far we have picked 4 people namely, Prosper Donkor 27, Adzomla Torvor 70, Gati Samuel 38 and Dotse Noah 25 years”, he listed.
He indicated the 4 suspects would be arraigned before court tomorrow Tuesday, while samples of the dried leaves would be sent to the crime lab for forensic tests.
He, however, stressed that his command would not relent in its fight against the illegal cultivation and sales of cannabis, and implored the citizenry to partner the police to fish out persons engaging in the illegal venture.
They are in custody at the Volta Regional Police headquarters assisting with investigations.
The four residents who have denied knowledge of the dried leaves are Prosper Donkor 27, Adzomla Torvor 70, Gati Samuel 38 and Dotse Noah 25 years.
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