152 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of sugar from Brazil was confiscated by the Drug Control Commission (NACOC).
This happened after a joint activity with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and the Secretariat of the National Security Council (NSCS).
A statement released by the Commission confirmed that the interception was based on information obtained that a consignment of 50 sugar containers bound for Ghana was likely to include substances suspected of being drugs.
“Intelligence Operation, NACOC, along with BNI and NSCS, tracked the shipment until the alleged narcotic drugs were withdrawn from the sugar shipment on Saturday 12 September 2020.”
NACOC officers, aided by the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), are said to have started a physical search on Thursday, September 10.
On Saturday 12 September 2020, alleged narcotic drugs were discovered hidden in sugar bags in container number MSCU6874205.
Eight (8) sugar bags were found to hide possible narcotic drugs in each.
“A total of 150 slabs of substances suspected of being opioids have been withdrawn from the consignment during the joint operation.”
Since then, a variety of people have been arrested.
Preliminary inquiries disclosed the distribution of the consignment to TRADEPASS Ghana Limited.
It was shipped on behalf of Dubai-based SUCDEN MIDDLE EAST by Brazilian company USINA SANTA ISABEL S / A Fazenda Tres.
At the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) laboratory, the exhibits tested positive.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana