Three (3) persons have been arrested by operatives of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) for illicit drug trafficking offences.

ew NACOB Ag. Executive Secretary - Mr. Francis Kofi Torkornoo
ew NACOB Ag. Executive Secretary – Mr. Francis Kofi Torkornoo
The suspects, Madugu Suraku, Maxwell Momo Golafale and Daniel Njoku Egbuta were arrested on different occasions for unlawful possession and trafficking in narcotics, while going through arrival/departure formalities at the KIA.

Madugu Suraka, a Ghanaian was arrested on 29th March, 2017 on his return from Nairobi, Kenya. Suspect, Suraku was picked up while going through arrival formalities, and a urine test conducted on him proved positive for narcotics. The suspect, upon interrogation confessed having ingested thirty-five (35) pellets of a powdery substance suspected to be Speedball. Forensic analysis confirmed the substance being speedball, a combination of cocaine and heroin, all illicit narcotic substances.

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On the other hand, Maxwell Momo Golafale, a Liberian was arrested on 31st March, 2017 while going through departure formalities to china. The suspect had concealed in his luggage two (2) slabs of compressed dried leaves, suspected to be cannabis sativa, popularly referred to as “wee”.

Daniel Njoku Egbuta, a Nigerian was apprehended on 5th April, 2017 on his arrival from Sao Paolo, Brazil. Urine test conducted on him subsequently proved positive for cocaine. The suspect, Egbuta had ingested One Hundred and eleven (111) pellets of cocaine. Egbuta confessed being an ex-convict, having served a jail sentence for similar drug trafficking offence in Ecuador. He has since his arrest expelled all 111 pellets of cocaine.
All 3 suspects have since been arraigned before court for prosecution.

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The general public is herein being sensitized to be mindful of the harmful effects of narcotic drug use. It should be noted that the law will not spare any person or persons found culpable to illicit drug offences stipulated in the PNDC law 236. However, persons with drug-use problem are encouraged to seek attention.

NACOB wishes to assure the general public of its continuous commitment to fighting the illicit drug trade. It therefore appeals to the public to partner the Board in its course, as the fight against illicit drug trafficking and substance abuse is a shared responsibility.

Narcotics Control Board/NewsGhana.com.gh