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COCOBOD, police intercept cocoa concealed in 35 oil drums, arrest one



The perpetrators concealed the cocoa beans in the drums ostensibly to outsmart the security pretending it was palm oil from the enclave known for palm oil production.

The truck with registration number, ER 856-14 was, however, intercepted at Asuokaw, a community near Asamankese after sustained intelligence and surveillance.

Unfortunately, many of the suspects absconded upon seeing the operation team but David Nartey, who claimed to be the owner of the vehicle was arrested.

He is in Asamankese police custody assisting investigation.

Meanwhile, one of the drums weighed 144kg which is two bags and 16kg.

The confiscated cocoa beans have been sent to the headquarters of COCOBOD in Accra.

Mr. Charles Amenyaglo, Director of Special Services at Ghana COCOBOD said that COCOBOD has noted the worrying trend of illicit cocoa smuggling operations in the Eastern region and parts of the country to neighbouring countries such as Togo and Cote D’Ivoire due to price differentials.

According to him, COCOBOD has recorded eight cases of cocoa smuggling recently in the region.

He added that few weeks ago, similar cases were recorded in Tepa, Elubo, Aflao and Ho where the perpetrators were arrested.

Mr. Charles Amenyaglo called on Ghanaians to support COCOBOD to fight cocoa smuggling activities by giving tip offs to the Police to clamp down on the perpetrators.




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