A collaboration between Ghanaian security officials and their counterparts in the United Kingdom has led to the arrest of a gang of drug traffickers.
The arrest led to the seizure of 38 kilograms of cocaine, estimated to be valued at £2.88 million.
The suspects are; Eric Kusi Appiah, 51; Albert Kaakyire Gyamfi, 52; Jennifer Agyemang, 38 years; and Julius Tetteh Puplampu, 56 years.
The Narcotics Control Commission in a statement issued on the matter said an investigation was launched into the activities of the gang in January 2021.
According to the Commission, the gang were moving banners substance through the Kotoka International Airport.
Eric Kusi Appiah, was the first to be arrested.
He was arrested at Heathrow Airport after moving cocaine from Ghana hidden in food boxes.
“On 14 May 2021, Albert Kaakyire Gyamfi and Jennifer Agyemang travelled through KIA to the UK and as part of the operational strategy, Albert Kaakyire Gyamfi and Jennifer Agyemang were allowed to travel to UK. Upon their arrival at Heathrow Airport, on 15 May 2021, they were arrested for attempting to traffic into UK fifteen kilogrammes (15kgs) of cocaine worth one million one hundred thousand pound sterling (£1.1 million). The cocaine was found concealed in the base of the suitcase of Jennifer Agyemang. Forensic analysis also revealed a high reading of cocaine on the suitcase of Albert Kaakyire Gyamfi,” the statement said.
“On 7 December 2021, two more individuals linked to the syndicate were arrested in Ghana for their involvement in the case,” the statement said.
Eric Appiah and Albert Kaakyire Gyamfi have since been jailed nine years. Jennifer Agyemang was sentenced to six (6) years and nine (9) months imprisonment.
Julius Tetteh Puplampu, was also sentenced to six (6) years and nine (9) months imprisonment On Thursday, 10 February 2022