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30.01.2009 Crime & Punishment

Police arrest suspected criminals in Koforidua


Twenty-eight suspected criminals were on Thursday arrested in a police swoop from their hideouts in the New Juaben Municipality.

A search conducted on them revealed three locally manufactured guns, scissors, a chainsaw machine, knives, electronic gadgets and quantities of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.

Deputy Eastern Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Reverend Ampa-Bennin, who briefed the media after the operation said the operation was to clamp down on drug trafficking, drug abuse with their attendant violent crimes in the area.

He said the suspects whose ages ranged between 16 and 59 were arrested at Ahinyo, Nkurakan and Aberewanko all suburbs in Juaben municipality.

ACP Ampa-Bennin said they would be screened to enable the police have updated database on them to assist in intelligence policing whiles those found culpable would be prosecuted.

Superintendent John Naami, New Juaben Municipal Police Commander, who led the operation, said photographs and fingerprints and other database information would be taken on them to form the basis of intelligence on criminals in the area.

He appealed to the public to assist the police with information regarding the hideouts and modus operandi of criminals adding that such information would be treated as highly confidential.