At Pakyi No. 1, which is located in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti Region, about 12 illegal miners have been detained.
This occurred during a joint police and assembly taskforce operation under Nii Lartey Ollenu, the district chief executive (DCE).
The DCE claims that the operation was carried out as a result of a tip-off concerning the activities of the illegal miners in the Namafo forest reserve.
Along with the arrest, one excavator, according to Mr. Ollenu, was taken from the miners who were on-site at the time of the arrest.
He said the suspects had been taken into custody and the excavator was being held at the District Assembly office. The accused will thereafter be charged in court.