Crime & Punishment of 2013-12-29

Bia police arrest three narcotic dealers

The Bia Police has arrested and placed in custody three suspects for illegally dealing in narcotic drugs.

They were arrested for possessing 100 parcels of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp at Bamia Cottage in the Bia West District of the Western Region.

They are Kofi Karikari, 26, who hails from Nsutre, Augustine Nti, 21, from Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region and Karim Sanah, a farm labourer.

Meanwhile, a fourth suspect, Yaw Bamia, the driver of the vehicle, is on the run.

The District Police Commander for Bia West and Bia East, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Daniel Wiafe, confirmed the arrest to the Ghana News Agency on Saturday.

He said the police were on routine checks at Sefwi-Adabokrom in the Bia East District on December 21, and spotted an Opel Caravan with Registration Number AW 7371-12.

He said when the police stopped the driver, Yaw Bamia and was asked to produce his vehicle documents he sped off and was given a chase, however, he managed to escape.

On December 23, ASP Wiafe said the police spotted the vehicle at Sefwi-Yametwa and the occupants of the vehicle were arrested.

The District Police Commander said when the suspects were interrogated they initially told the police that they were carrying DVD players and second hand clothing, which were offloaded at Osei-Kojokrom.

However, upon further interrogation, they confessed that they were carrying Indian hemp, which was offloaded in a room at Bamia Cottage.

The suspects then led the police to the place to retrieve the 100 slaps of dry leaves.

ASP Wiafe said the substance would be sent to the Police forensic laboratory in Accra for examination.