Twenty-eight suspected criminals were on Thursday arrested in a police swoop from their hideouts in the New Juaben Municipality.
A search conducted on the suspects revealed three locally manufactured guns, scissors, chainsaw machine, knives, electronic gadgets and quantities of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
The Deputy Eastern Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Reverend Ampa-Bennin, who briefed the media after the operation said the operation was aimed at clamping down on drug trafficking, drug abuse with their attendant violent crimes in the area.
He said the suspects whose ages range between 16 and 59 were arrested in the swoop at Ahinyo, Nkurakan and Aberewanko all in the Juaben Municipality.
ACP Ampa-Bennin said the suspects would be screened to enable the police have updated database on them to assist in intelligence policing, whiles those found culpable would be arraigned before court immediately.
Superintendent John Naami, the Municipal Police Commander, who led the operation, said photographs and fingerprints and other database information would be taken on all the suspects to form the bases of intelligence on criminals in the area.
He appealed to the public to assist with information regarding the hideouts and the modus operandi of criminals, adding that such information would be treated as highly confidential.