Suspects Kingsley Ekezie Chime and Nicholas Ucheama Mbeagbu in custody. INSET: The wee

Personnel from the Narcotics Unit of the Ghana Police Service have arrested two Nigerians who attempted to smuggle 27 parcels of compressed dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp, to Nigeria.

The suspects are Kingsley Ekezie Chime, 30 and Nicholas Ucheama Mbeagbu, 27.

They allegedly attempted to transport the leaves to Nigeria via a Lagos-bound vehicle at ABC Terminal, Avenor, in Accra.

Kingsley Ekezie Chime and Nicholas Ucheama Mbeagbu were arrested on Saturday, March 8, 2014, around 10:30 am upon a tip-off.

Briefing DAILY GUIDE on the matter, ASP Joseph Benefo Darkwah, Public Relations Officer in-charge of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), said the two suspects ? both Nigerian nationals ? were grabbed at the ABC Bus terminal near Avenor Junction upon a tip-off that some Nigerians were   transporting two black Ecolac bags full of the dry leaves.

Based on the information, he said the police mounted surveillance and eventually grabbed the suspects at the terminal.

According to ASP Benefo Darkwah, when their bags were inspected,   27 of the compressed slabs of the dry leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa, were found concealed in a compartment created at the sides and beneath the bags.

In their caution statements, he said the suspects admitted ownership of the substance and further stated that it was cheaper in Ghana and very expensive in their home country hence, their decision to traffic it.

The leaves have been forwarded to the forensic laboratory for examination.

Meanwhile, Suspects are still in police custody awaiting trial.

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 By Linda Tenyah


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