The substances were hidden in a bush packed in sacks with an unregistered Royal motorcycle in Atikpui, a town in Ho Municipality of the Volta Region.
Each of the sacks contained an average of about 80 parcels of the substance, labelled as ‘3’, ‘5’, ‘Bx’, and ‘Boss’ awaiting smuggling into Togo.
Chief Supt. Alhaji Abdulai Zakaria of Nyive Immigration Sector Command, said routine surveillance and monitoring led to the finding of the suspected narcotics to be smuggled into neighbouring Togo.
Alhaji Zakaria was enticed with efforts of his unit for their rapid response but lambasted the poor support and aggression of residents towards the team during such operations, trying to prevent the border securities from performing their duties.
“We had to fire warning shots to keep the aggressive town folks at bay and give us space to perform our duties”, he said.
He signaled a warning to people involved in smuggling and engaging in cross-border crimes to stop such acts.
“We have monitored the activists of those involved in this illicit business for a long time, but yesterday was their time and God willing, we were able to move swiftly based on surveillance and monitoring.”
“My men were able to respond to the call that I placed to them, and within a few minutes, we were at the spot that made us intercept this gargantuan substance suspected to be Indian hemp”, he said.
“We know they also have intel, and we’ll catch up with them”, he stressed, assuring that the people attempting to smuggle the 1,490 slabs of suspected Indian Hemp would soon be arrested.
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