Two men are currently in the grips of the Volta Regional Police Command after they run out of luck in an attempt to use a fake Diplomatic Vehicle to convey suspected Indian hemp. Checks indicate that the Diplomatic Vehicle number on the vehicle, CD 182-13 falls within the British High Commission allotment of diplomatic numbers issued by the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) of Ghana.
The two who have been identified as Ahmed Harunah, 39 and Akoto Castro, 24 were arrested last Sunday, 25thJanuary, 2015 by the Volta Regional Highway Patrol Team.
They were arrested at about 4:00pm in Frankadua in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region which is under that Peki Division of the Volta Regional Police Command.
|Ahmed and Akoto
The Regional Police Commander, DCOP Peterkin Yentumi Gyinae who confirmed the arrest to Volta Online, indicated that they were moving from Tsibu, near Peki which lies on the famous Eastern Corridor Road to Accra, the national capital.
He said the diplomatic Number plate; CD 182-13 which was embossed on the Land Cruiser Prado which was being driven by Ahmed heightened the curiosity of the patrol team.
The then stopped the vehicle and searched it. They found seven maxi fibre sacks of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp. After a thorough count 446 was compressed slabs of the substance was realized.
DCOP Yentumi Gyinae said, after interrogation, the two mentioned the owner of the illegal substance to be one Afenyo of Dzemeni Tornu in the South-Dayi District of the region.
They denied knowledge of their destination in Accra. According to the suspects, they were to call Afenyo when they got to Accra for directions to the final destination of the suspected Cannabis Sativa.
The Regional Crime Officer, James Kofi Abraham hinted that when questioned, the two confirmed that the number plate was a fake one which was provided by a friend who is an agent (also known as Goro Boy) of the DVLA in Accra.
Other checks by Volta Online also indicate that the Road Worthy and Insurance documents were all issued in with the same number and they all seem to be genuinely done.
That notwithstanding the Volta Regional Police command has assured that the full weight of the law will be applied. The Regional Commander was optimistic that the drug trade will surely be weeded out in the region.
This latest arrest comes barely two weeks after two police officers and Nigerian were also busted with 1051 slaps of the suspected substance at Sokode-Lokoe near Ho.