- NACOB has seized contraband goods worth GHC10,000 from pilgrims
-The items were seized from Muslims from the three northern regions
- They intended to sell the items during the Hajj pilgrimage
The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) has taken possession of contraband goods worth about GHC10,000 from pilgrims.
Information available to YEN.com.gh shows that the items were seized at the Tamale Airport from travelers from the three northern regions.
The items include large quantities of cola nuts seized from about 20 of the pilgrims, pain killers such as Gebedol, amoxicillin and varieties of bleaching creams which is a lucrative business in Mecca, but prohibited by the authorities of Saudi Arabia.
YEN.com.gh understands that the pilgrims intended to sell the goods to others since such items were highly demanded during the Hajj.
Sources revealed that the seized items would be destroyed, adding that “NACOB is going to start with the second phase of the exercise at the Kotoka International Airport on Thursday, August 9, 2018.
Pilgrims have therefore been advised against concealing unapproved items in their luggage.
In all about 2,167 pilgrims are expected to fly from Tamale to Saudi Arabia in seven batches starting Sunday, August 5, to Wednesday, August 8, 2018, while 3,369 of the prospective pilgrims are to be flown from the Kotoka International Airport in Accra to Jedda in 11 batches.
A total of 5, 536 pilgrims are expected to be flown from Ghana to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage this year.
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