Wild sniffer dogs of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) at the Kotoka International Airport, on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 grabbed a 32-year-old Nigerian (name withheld) for carrying 4.4 kilograms of substances suspected to be heroine.
The suspected heroine with an estimated value of US$ 300,000 was detected by the security dogs upon the suspect’s arrival from Dar El Salaam, Tanzania when lots of Ghanaians were busily rejoicing over the arrival of the New Year.
The suspect, who is a trader, according to NACOB officials at the Airport, had arrived onboard a Kenyan Airways.
He was said to be carrying the substance in his luggage, when the detective Labrador dog named “Skido” of the Canine Unit of NACOB nabbed him.
The Herald gathered from eyewitnesses’ accounts that the giant sniffer dog, upon detecting what the suspect was carrying in his bag, immediately began barking endlessly at the man.
The continuous barking of the dog, drew the attention of its handlers, the NACOB ‘K9’ Unit and a police officer, leading to the arrest of the suspect.
Sources at NACOB indicated that the suspect is currently under investigation and would soon be arraigned before court.
Recently, officials of the NACOB in a joint collaboration with other agencies, destroyed 413 slabs of cocaine worth US$60 million, which were imported into the country by four Guyanese nationals and a Ghanaian.
The exercise was executed upon an instruction by Justice C.J. Hoenyenugah, an Appeal Court Judge, sitting as an additional High Court judge, who presided over the case, involving the importation of the narcotic drugs into the country.
The destruction, became possible when the Chief State Attorney, Alfred Asiamah Sampong, prayed the court to allow officials of NACOB to go ahead and destroy the 413 slabs of cocaine. This was carried out at the Accra Acts Centre beach in the full glare of the trial Judge and the Registrar, as well as, personnel from various law enforcement agencies.
The court before pronouncing its judgment against the second and third accused persons, who were slapped with 35 years jail sentence, ordered officials of NACOB to count the 414 slabs of cocaine in open court.
Meanwhile, one of the slabs, which add up to 414, according to Justice Hoenyenugah, is to be kept in the custody of the registrar till the final determination of the fate of the other three alleged accomplices.
The three had earlier pleaded guilty with explanation on December 13. The court, however, rejected their explanation and will be standing trial on Friday 10, 2014.
The court before the destruction, granted Forensic Chemists from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States of America, Department of Justice, the permission to collect 30 randomly selected samples each containing a gram of cocaine from the courtroom for further investigations in the States.
This was to enable the DEA to trace the origin, purity of the drugs to enhance future investigations.
The court’s order was based upon a written request from two agencies namely, the NACOB and the US Embassy with an explanation given by one of the US officials, Laura Michelle Jones, a Forensic Chemist from Virginia, as to why the samples were needed.
Ms Michelle Jones, also stated that they were invited by the US Embassy to check the purity of the cocaine to determine the origin of the substance.
It could be recalled that a ship MV ATTIYAH with registration number 000471 was arrested on the deep waters of Ghana when it was sailing from Guyana, which led to the seizure of 21 sacks containing 414 slabs of cocaine.
The five suspects, together with the substances, were flown to Accra and handed over to the Narcotics Control Board for investigations.