Chinese woman busted with 4 illegal containers of Rosewood timber

Chinese woman busted with 4 illegal containers of Rosewood timber

A Chinese national, Helena Huang, is in the grips of police in Tamale for allegedly attempting to smuggle four containers of Rosewood.

Helena Huang, a Chinese woman has been arrested by the Ghana police in the Northern region with four containers of Rosewood timber.

The police say they intercepted two trucks in Tamale loaded with two containers of rosewood timber belonging to the Chinese national.

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Helena Huang, 41, told the police she had permission to transport the wood to Tema while insisting that she has a resident permit to be in Ghana.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources in March 2019 directed the Forestry Commission to ban the harvesting of Rosewood timber in the country.

The ban follows reports that people were still felling trees despite the partial ban in 2017 which helped already cut trees from being destroyed.

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The Norther Regional Police crime officer, Superintendent Otuo Acheampon, disclosed that Huang failed to produce her passport and other document to support both claims.

''Our officers at one of our barriers in Tamale intercepted two trucks loaded with four containers of rosewood and informed the command. The exhibits were escorted to the police station and preliminary investigations indicated that one Chinese lady, Helena Huang claimed she is the owner of the rosewood and was escorting the product to Tema. Our initial investigation also established that she did not have enough measurement and conveyer certificate as well as a lumber inspection.”

The suspect is, however, leveling allegations of corruption against the officers who arrested her.

Huang is alleging that the police demanded ¢200 and says the police brought her [to the police station because she] did not pay them.”

Contrary to Huang’s account, the Northern Regional Police PRO, DSP Mohammed Yusiif Tanko, indicated that the police officers were professional at the time they effected the arrest and when she was being transported to the station.

He assured that her allegations will be investigated.

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