Ambulance with siren on arrested with 'wee'
Briefing news men here at Ho yesterday, the Regional Commander, DCOP Alexander Bedie, said the patrol team spotted the ambulance at Bame in the Ho Municipality at about 11:30 a.m. yesterday, and blowing its siren as if it was carrying a dead or sick person to hospital.
The driver was signaled to stop, but he disobeyed the order, compelling the members of the patrol team to give him a hot chase, finally arresting him at Sokode-Gborgame.
When the driver, who whose name was given as George Akey, reluctantly opened the back door of the van, the police discovered the 302 pieces of substances suspected to be indian hemp hidden in the vehicle.
According to the DCOP Bedie, when George Akey was questioned, he claimed one Muri hired him to carry a dead body from Golokuati to the Regional Hospital in Ho.
The police further quoted the suspect as saying that when he arrived to carry the dead body, Muri, a Nigerian, took him to a nearby village, and started loading the substances into the ambulance.
Muri, however, managed to convince the driver, who agreed to charge GH¢300 to transport the suspected indian hemp.
DCOP Bedie further told the journalists that the suspect, who is still in custody, would be interrogated to get to the bottom of the case.
In view of the new development, the Regional Commander has directed that all ambulances plying roads in the region should be thoroughly checked at the various police check-points.
Mr. Bedie also accused the courts of not helping the police combat crime. According to him, though drug suspects are not entitled to bail, most of the suspects they had sent to courts in Ho have been granted bail.
According to him, this negative development was demoralising the police personnel in the fight against drugs in the country, and that this was the second time they had arrested suspects using ambulance to convey drugs.