The Border Patrol Unit (BPU)of the Ghana Immigration Service(GIS) at Paga  has intercepted over 103 jerry-cans of fuel products and 62 cartons of assorted medicines from smugglers. BPU also impounded a mini bus, salon cars and a motor bike all registered in the name of a Burkinabe.

The Sector Commander of GIS, Assistant Commissioner Faisal Disu said the operation followed a tip ?off and that the suspects escaped and added that since the beginning of the year, over 100 empty jerry cans had been intercepted and seized by the BPU.

?This has put a big dent on the operations of the smugglers, as they have run out of containers to carry out their nefarious activities. The containers will be publicly destroyed as a way of disrupting the activities of these nation wreakers,? he said.

He said smuggling of fuel products, fertilizers, pharmaceutical products, foreign currency and human beings was common at Paga and fuel products smuggling was on the increase because the products are easily available at the numerous filling stations in the area.

Mr Disu said the unapproved routes in the area also facilitate the movement of smugglers and their cargo in and out of the country.

He said with the introduction of intelligence led tactics into its operations, it is envisaged that BPU would make more interceptions and arrests this year.

He mentioned logistical constraint as one of the major obstacles militating against the BPU efforts at the nation?s frontiers and mentioned that the Unit had only one motorbike as its patrol vehicle had broken down.

Accommodation for personnel, he said, is also inadequate as some of the staff had to rent rooms and sometimes from people who engage in smuggling.

Receiving the confiscated goods Mr Emmanuel Lawson, a Senior Collector from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority commended GIS for a good job done and said the items would be auctioned and proceeds paid into the Consolidated Fund.

GNA

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