New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman for Upper Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region, Mr. Moses Tetteh alias Arizona has been fingered in a major wee bust by the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) at Asesewa, in the Upper Manya Krobo District.
Information indicates that after arrest of some suspects, they revealed that vehicle number ER 105-13 carrying the cannabis belongs to the Upper Manya Krobo constituency Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
NACOB impounded a Kia truck full of dried leaves suspected to be cannabis at Buokono, near Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo District.
According to NACOB, in the latter part of 2017 they had a tip that a boat from Dzemeni in the Volta Region, which was loaded with cannabis, had offloaded its content into a truck at a village near Asesewa with its final destination being Ashaiman in the Greater Accra Region.
Residents of Upper Manya District capital, Asesewa were shocked to learn the owner of the said vehicle was the ruling party’s constituency chairman and were even more shocked to see him moving freely without attempts by the security agencies to invite him for questioning.
It is alleged that the multimillion-dollar NPP cannabis dealer has the protection of the Eastern Regional Deputy Minister, Hon. Joseph Tetteh alias Joe Tee and the District Chief Executive, Hon. Felix Odjao.
A statement by the anti-drug agency on the operation said NACOB in collaboration with the District Police Command at Asesewa intercepted the said truck with registration number ER 105-13 and arrested the driver, one Stephen Nartey Sangmortey but his accomplice fled when security officers stopped the vehicle.
A search conducted revealed sacks filled with dried leaves suspected to be cannabis, packed in the bucket of the truck and covered with a tarpaulin.
124 sacks containing dried leaves suspected to be cannabis sativa (wee) were retrieved from the truck.
These comprised 72 sacks of compressed dried leaves and 52 sacks of uncompressed dried leaves, all suspected to be cannabis.
The 72 sacks of compressed dried leaves were further found to contain 4, 326 slabs of compressed cannabis.
The estimated gross weight of the seized cannabis is 5 tonnes with street value of approximately half a million Ghana cedis (GH¢500,000).