NACOB burns ȼ500,000 marijuana and other narcotics

NACOB burns ȼ500,000 marijuana and other narcotics

- Officials of Narcotics Control Board have set on fire 124 sacks containing seized marijuana

- The large consignment of marijuana was burnt on the orders of an Accra Criminal High Court

The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), have destroyed over 500kg of marijuana and other banned drugs seized by the Ghana Police Service in separate operations.

The large quantity of the drug consignment were set ablaze by NACOB official on Friday July 27, on the orders of an Accra Criminal High Court.

According to 3news.com report, Justice Justin K. Dorgu, ordered for the destruction of the substance together with 100kg of khat, a drug which contains alkaloid cathinone and a stimulant.

NACOB burns 500kg marijuana and other narcotics

Some of the seized drugs being set on fire by NACOB officials (Photo credit: 3news.com)

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In a statement signed and released by NACOM the monetary value of the destroyed drugs estimate at over Five Hundred Thousand Cedis (ȼ500,000).

The statement further explained that, “the exercise was done in collaboration with the Ghana Police Service, the Military, Ghana Standard Authority (GSA), Judicial Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the media”.

The statement which was sighted by 3news.com noted that, NACOB in December 2017 impounded a truck full of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis at Buokono, near Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region.

This was upon a tip-off that a boat from Dzemeni in the Volta Region was loaded with cannabis and had offloaded its content onto a truck at a village near Asesewa with its final destination being Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region.

NACOB burns 500kg marijuana and other narcotics

In all, about 124 sacks of cannabis were retrieved from the truck (Photo credit: 3news.com)

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This the statement said, prompted NACOB and the District Police Command at Asesewa to intercept the said truck with registration number ER 105-13 and arrested the driver, one Stephen Narteh Sangmortey, while his accomplice fled upon sensing danger.

In all, 124 sacks all containing dried leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa (wee) were retrieved from the truck.

These comprised 72 sacks of compressed dried leaves and 52 sacks of uncompressed dried leaves, all suspected to be cannabis. The 72 sacks of compressed dried leaves were further found to contain 4,326 slabs of compressed cannabis.

The purported owner of the consignment, one Nicholas Lartey has since been at large.

NACOB burns 500kg marijuana and other narcotics

72 sacks of compressed 'wee' and 52 sacks of uncompressed awaiting destruction (Photo credit: 3news.com)

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