Smuggled $3.2m Benz owner blames clearing agent

Smuggled $3.2m Benz owner blames clearing agent

- The accused businessman is claiming there was nothing illegal about the importation of the two cars

- He is blaming a clearing agent for smuggling the two cars into the country through Aflao

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The businessman behind the importation of the two luxury Mercedes Benz cars said to cost $3.2 million is claiming innocence of any wrong doing.

A side view of the Mercedes Benz car with a police officer standing next to it

Mercedes Benz 300 SL costs about $1.8 million

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According to a Myjoyonline.com report, the Accra-based businessman has said he genuinely imported the two cars from Stuttgart, in Germany to be shipped to Ghana.

However, the businessman said a clearing agent he contracted to ship the vehicles rather smuggled them into the country through the Aflao boarder without the required documents.

The two luxurious vehicles; Mercedes Benz 300 SL, (white colour) which costs about $1.8 million and Mercedes Benz 190 SL, black [$1.4 million], did not have the required documentation covering their importation into the country according to customs officials.

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However, the two vintage Mercedes Benz vehicles made a successful entry to Ghana, but were dumped at the official residence of the Ketu South MCE, Elliot Edem Agbenorwu to avoid the GHc 900,00 customs duty.

The MCE who got alarmed about the criminal activities, said he was forced to blow the cover of the smugglers on January 10, 2018.

Mr Agbenorwu told security officials that, though the two vehicles were retrieved from his official residence, he currently does not live in that house since the facility is under renovation.

The MCE said he got furious about the incident since he had warned them of similar act last year.

So far, the two vehicles have been impounded by the Aflao sector command of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for further investigations.

A black Mercedes Benz 190 SL

Mercedes Benz 190 SL, black ($1.4 million)

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