-A former Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board has indicated that there are drug kingpins in Ghana
-In an interview he said that the drug dealers were influential people in society
-He said NACOB officials received bribes from drug dealers hindering their arrests
In what appears to be a shocking revelation, the former Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board, Mr. Akrasi Sarpong has admitted that the activities of drug dealers are flourishing in the country because state officials are receiving bribes from them.
In an interview on UTV, the former state official said that the fight against narcotics was not as strong as we would want because the drug barons always bribed some officials of the Narcotics Control Board. He said these bribes prevented full-scale investigations and arrests of some of the drug peddlers.
Mr. Akrasi Sarpong said that the drug dealers were high-profile personalities in the society who used their wealth to influence some state officials. He said the activities of these drug dealers were becoming dangerous by the day.
He revealed on the TV programme that some of the NACOB officials received bribes in the form of luxurious cars and houses which stalled the arrest of some of the drug kingpins. He revealed that because some of the drug peddlers were influential, it was hard to determine who was going to make the call for their arrests.
Mr. Akrasi Sarpong told the show host that the erstwhile John Mahama-led administration was in the forefront of fighting the narcotic menace but the drug dealers were too powerful and used their influence at Narcotics Control Board to stop any attempts at halting the activities of the drug dealers.
He said most drug dealers used their influence to manipulate state officials to cover up their tracks; making their activities more or less undetectable. He added that the bribes they offered made it hard to combat their activities.
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