National Security seizes luxury cars valued at $3.2million

National Security seizes luxury cars valued at $3.2million

- The two luxurious vehicles were smuggled into the country through Togo

- Ghana has lost revenue to the tune of GHC 12 million as a result of smuggling

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National Security operatives have impounded two brand new vehicles with the street value of $3.2 million.

Two luxury cars, painted black and white

The customized Mercedes Benz cars are valued at $3.8m. Photo credit: Myjoyonline.com

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The luxury vehicles, Mercedes Benz 300 SL, (white colour) which costs about $1.8 million and Mercedes Benz 190 SL, black [$1.4 million], were said to have been smuggled into the country through the Aflao boarder.

According to a Myjoyonline.com report, the two cars did not have the required documentation covering their importation.

Officials of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Service say the estimated cost duty to be paid on the vehicles is GHC 900,000.

The report explained that the two vehicles were impounded on January 10, 2018 at the residence of Ketu South Municipal Chief Executive, Elliot Edem Agbenorwu by a joint team.

However, Mr Agbenorwu has denied knowledge of how the smuggled vehicles got into his residence.

Black Mercedes Benz car

Mercedes Benz 190 SL. Photo credit: Myjoyonline.com

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The MCE told security officials that although the place the vehicles were impounded at his official house, he does not live there since the facility is under renovation.

The MCE said he suspected some people were using the facility as a conduit to smuggle vehicles into the country and therefore, alerted National Security.

Investigations conducted by Myjoyonline.com reveal that the vehicles are said to have been imported into the country by a prominent businessman (name withheld) based in Accra.

The said businessman is reported to have lied to the Customs that one of the vehicles, Mercedes Benz 300 SL, valued at $1.8 million, was to be presented to President Akufo-Addo as a gift in order to escape paying duty on the cars.

However, security officials say his claims were later found out to be untrue.

The investigations also indicate that two brothers, (who are yet to be named), are suspected to have facilitated the smuggling of the vehicles as well as over a hundred Range Rover vehicles, several SUVs and saloon cars into the country.

So far, Ghana is said to have lost revenue to the tune of GHC 12 million as a result of smuggling

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Side view of luxury Mercedes

Mercedes Benz 300 SL. Photo credit: Myjoyononline.com

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