Three arrested for drug trafficking at KIA – NACOB

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

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 and departure formalities at the KIA, the release issued by Communication and Media relations unit of NACOB said on Thursday.

It noted that Madugu Suraka, a Ghanaian was arrested on 29th March, this year on his return from Nairobi, Kenya, while going through arrival formalities.

Suraku was picked up, when a urine test conducted on him proved positive for narcotics. The suspect, upon interrogation confessed having ingested 35 pellets of a powdery substance suspected to be Speedball.

Forensic analysis confirmed the substance being speedball, a combination of cocaine and heroin both illicit narcotic substances.

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

Daniel Njoku Egbuta, a Nigerian was apprehended on April 5, 2017 on his arrival from Sao Paolo, Brazil. Urine test conducted on him subsequently proved positive for cocaine.

The suspect, Egbuta had ingested 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 three suspects have since been arraigned before court for prosecution.

Meanwhile, the NACOB is advising the general public to be mindful of the harmful effects of narcotic drug use.

NACOB said the law would not spare any person or persons found culpable to illicit drug offences as stipulated in the PNDC law 236.

However, persons with drug-use problem are being encouraged to seek attention.

NACOB has assured the general public of its continuous commitment to fighting the illicit drug trade.

It therefore appealed to the public to partner the Board in its course, as the fight against illicit drug trafficking and substance abuse was a shared responsibility.

Source: Ghana News Agency