The suspects, Abena Abuyaa, 71, and 35-year-old farmer, Kwadwo Kintoh
Police in the Bono Region have busted two people for allegedly possessing 89 compressed slabs of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
Abena Abuyaa, 71, and a 35-year-old farmer, Kwadwo Kintoh, popularly known as Ghanaboy, were arrested while trying to transact business on the Adantia-Badu road, near Sunyani in the Bono Region, at about 11:00 a:m, last Monday.
Officials of the Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) were on a mobile patrol duty on the road and upon a tip-off arrested Kintoh, who was riding a motorbike carrying three mini fertiliser sacks.
The police inspected the sacks and found out that they contained the substance, compressed in black and brown sellotaped polythene bags, and therefore arrested him.
Upon interrogation, Kintoh alleged that he was contacted at Badu in the Tain District by one Atta, who released the motorbike to deliver the substance to Abuyaa who was waiting at the roadside near Adantia for collection.
Kintoh agreed to lead the police to the location where Atta was, for further interrogation into the matter.
Abuyaa, the police said, is a native of Yamfo in the Ahafo Region but is a trader resident at Bantama market in Kumasi.
The Bono Regional Crime Officer of GPS, Superintendent Kwaku Duah, told The Mirror that when Atta spotted the police, he escaped but Abuyaa was arrested.
He said both Kintoh and Abuyaa indicated that Atta was their partner who was waiting at the scene to receive the substance from Kintoh.
Supt Nana Duah explained that Abuyaa and Atta had planned to transport the substance to Takoradi to supply a customer only known to Atta.
He said the intercepted substance was re-packed, sealed, labelled and certified by both suspects in the presence of an independent witness.
The Police Superintendent explained that the substance would be forwarded to the police forensic science laboratory in Accra for analytical examination and report.
He appealed to the public to assist the public with any information that could lead to the arrest of Atta, who is on the run.