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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Source: GNA

Upper West police impound 5,999.500 grams of cannabis

Tamale, July 15, GNA- The Upper West Regional Police Command has impounded over 5,999.500 grams of leaves suspected to be cannabis supposedly coming from the Brong Ahafo Region to Upper West region. Mr. Augustine Gyenning, the Upper West Regional Police Commander, who disclosed this, said the leaves were meant for drug dealers who only used trade marks such as LM, DSC, TKM, M3, YB, DOK, AB, KO, TKM, MARK, RB, ABA, RC, KYO, DJ, ZZZ, SI, ENK, KKK, HD and DS.

He was speaking at a joint security meeting of regional and district police commanders from the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions in Tamale on Monday to deliberate on security issues, the 2008 Election, traffic management and matters affecting the police personnel. Mr. Gyenning said the drugs were sent mostly to Burkina Faso by road and bush paths that lead to the banks of the Black Volta and then ferried across to that country.

He said spots in the regional and district capitals, where the drugs were being peddled, had been identified and the police were gathering information for the appropriate action.

Mr Gyenning said police patrols, snap checks and swoops on suspected drug dealers would be intensified. He said there was collaboration between the regional police command and the various transport unions to expose drug dealers. Mr Gyenning said, however, it was difficult for the police to obtain concrete evidence for the prosecution of suspected drug dealers. He appealed for funds and logistics to assist the police to get accurate information about the drug dealers.

Mr. Gyenning said other crimes mostly committed in the region were highway robberies and cattle rustling mainly by Fulani herdsman operating in the bush within Ghana and across the Burkina border and small pockets of gangsters who operate in towns.

On traffic management, he said although the region did not experience vehicular congestion some motorbike riders failed to wear crash helmet while riding.