Crime & Punishment Tue, 30 Sep 2014

Police intercepts smuggled cocoa beans

The Hohoe police command has intercepted a truck with registration number GS 9077-12 loaded with cocoa beans in 39 fertilizer bags, 200 bags of cement and drums of locally distilled alcohol.

According to the driver who gave his name as Kwame Togbente, he was to send the goods to Kpassa in Volta north and was not at the point of loading, hence has no knowledge about the cocoa beans.

However, the Hohoe Divisional Crime Officer, ASP Kattey Ottumi said they had a tip-off leading to the arrest of the truck along the Wli road.

He said it has been a perennial issue in the municipality with regards to cocoa smuggling.


He was, however, not happy about the way officers of immigration have been interfering in the work of the police in relation to the fight against cocoa smuggling.

ASP Kattey said the command earlier impounded about 166 bags of smuggled cocoa, but cannot trace the records of how much was realised from the sale of the cocoa beans and who and which account the sale was made.

He was therefore reluctant to release these consignment to Cocobod though they requested to send the seized beans to their yard.

Meanwhile, the seized goods together with the driver of the vehicle are in the custody of the Hohoe police command.

Source: citifmonline