In Ho in the Volta Region, a combined security operation resulted in the seizure of 17,522 cannabis slabs with a street value of GH$17,522,000.
Between Adaklu Trekpe and Ho Sports Development Center, narcotics weighing an estimated 8,761 kg in gross weight were found.
With the assistance of National Security agents and military personnel from the 66 Artillery Regiment of Ho, the operation was carried out by the Volta Regional Office of the Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC).
Francis Opoku Amoah, the NACOC’s interim director of public affairs and international relations, revealed this to the Ghanaian Times yesterday in Accra.
He said that three weeks prior, the crew had stopped a Renault cargo vehicle with the license plate GE 8246-14 that was hauling poly bags filled with dried leaves they believed to be Indian hemp, an illegal material.
According to Mr. Amoah, the truck that was leaving Ho was stopped between Adaklu Trekpe and the Ho Sports Development Center.
According to him, a check of the vehicle turned up 222 bags overall, totaling 17,522 cannabis slabs weighing an aggregate 8,761 kg.
According to Mr. Amoah, the operation was carried out following several weeks of NACOC personnel’ monitoring and intelligence collection in the Ho enclave.
He said, “Similar surgery was performed a few weeks ago in Woe, Keita, which also brought in convulsions.
The truck driver reportedly fled after noticing the security guards, according to the acting director.
He stated that more inquiries were being conducted to find the truck’s owner.
The possession, use, and trafficking of cannabis in Ghana are not in any way legalized or decriminalized by the adoption of the Narcotics Control Commission Act 2020 (Act 1019), according to Mr. Amoah.
He said that Act 1019 only allows the Minister of the Interior to provide licenses for the industrial and medical use of cannabis plants with less than 0.3 percent THC, the plant’s primary psychoactive component.
Mr. Amoah reaffirmed the commission’s commitment to working tirelessly to safeguard Ghana’s citizens, in particular the youth, from the negative effects of drug usage.