YEN.com.gh has obtained never-seen-before photos of Asia Huang, the 31-year-old Chinese citizen who has been arrested for engaging in illegal mining in Ghana.
Asia Huang, who is widely known as Aisha, was nicknamed the "untouchable galamsey queen", for her hitherto uncanny ability to wriggle her way out of trouble each time law enforcement agents caught up with her.
She is said to have built links with powerful people in society, including law enforcement officials, and obtained secret videos of some of them in bed with Chinese ladies she brought into the country.
Reports say she uses the videos to blackmail influential Ghanaians into coming to her aid each time her illegal activities land her in trouble.
A source who claimed to have had close ties to Aisha in the past sent pictures to YEN.com.gh, which suggest that influential galamsey operative is living like a queen in Ghana.
The source, who contacted YEN.com.gh on condition of anonymity, said they knew Aisha personally and was aware of the scale of her galamsey operations in Ghana.
Describing Aisha as a "serial criminal", the source told YEN.com.gh that she hailed from the Fuzhou region of China.
The source said Aisha began living in Ghana illegally over five years ago.
She is said to have begun destroying the environment as soon as she arrived in Ghana by cutting down trees for logs before proceeding to engage in illegal mining.
She is said to have also forged marriage documents and paid off corrupt immigration officials in order to receive a permanent residency in Ghana.
YEN.com.gh's source also said that Aisha paid off Ghanaian officials at the Ghana embassy in Beijing in order to facilitate the illegal immigration of thousands of Chinese into Ghana.
The source said Aisha had transformed into a "greedy monster" since she arrived in Ghana and that she had the habit of displaying racist tendencies towards Ghanaians, especially her employees.
Our source also supplied us with a video which s/he says shows Aisha's galamsey sites.
Heavy-duty equipment can be seen conducting excavation on one of the sites.
Watch the video below:
YEN.com.gh could not independently verify the authenticity of the information the source provided.
Aisha was arrested this month after the scale of her illegal operations made national news and provoked public outrage.
YEN.com.gh reported on Tuesday that she broke into tears after she was denied bail for the second time by an Accra high court.
The "galamsey queen" took the court's ruling very badly and queried her lawyer as to why she failed to secure bail a second time, according to the report by YEN.com.gh's Evans Effah.
The court has asked her to reappear on June 2 for judgement to be passed in the case.
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