Chinese woman Helena Huang arrested for attempting to smuggle Rosewood released

Chinese woman Helena Huang arrested for attempting to smuggle Rosewood released

The Chinese woman, Helena Huang, who was arrested by the police for allegedly attempting to smuggle four containers of Rosewood has been released.

Helena Huang, the Chinese woman who was arrested on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, possessing large quantities of Rosewoods has been released from police custody.

The police said they obstructed two trucks in Tamale loaded with two containers of rosewood timbers from being smuggled by the Chinese national.

She was arrested at a police checkpoint around Viting, an outskirt suburb on the Tamale Kintampo highway with four containers on two heavy trucks.

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Helena Huang, 41, told the police she had permission to move the wood to Temale.

She also insisted that she had a resident's permit to be and work in Ghana.

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

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

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He disclosed officers at one of the barriers in Tamale intercepted two trucks filled with four containers of rosewood and informed the command.

Superintendent Otuo added that ''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.”

Meanwhile, the suspect has alleged corruption against the officers who arrested her.

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

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

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