A senior official of Ghana’s Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Michael Addo, on Wednesday reiterated the commitment of his outfit to fighting narcotic crimes in the country.

Speaking to the media in Accra after donating confiscated items from the shop of Nayele Ametefe, a jailed drug dealer, Addo said his agency would also not relent in punishing people who had made wealth through the illegal trade.

The items, which include set of furniture, were donated to three rehab centers to help rehabilitate the inmates.

“This morning, as part of the World Drug Day Celebration, we are making this presentation, telling the whole world that if you involve yourself in drugs and you are arrested, you will not live to enjoy the proceeds of the crime that you committed,” said Addo, a deputy executive director of NACOB, the state body responsible for dealing with drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Ghana.

“We will have to seize them; we have been seizing houses, we have been seizing vehicles, and these are furniture that we think will go a long way to help the rehab centers. That is why we have called them here this morning to donate to them,” he said.

He believes the donated item is going to facilitate the rehabilitation of the inmates and bring them back into society.

Nayele Ametefe was arrested at the Heathrow Airport in 2014 and sentenced to eight years eight months imprisonment by a court in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2015 for transporting 12kg of cocaine into that country.

The confiscation followed a court ruling last year ordering the NACOB and the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) to confiscate the electrical shop and six bank accounts of Nayele, stating that the properties were derived from the proceeds of a crime. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh