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24.11.2005 Diaspora (Canada)

'Drug' MP’s Men Arrested In Canada

By Graphic
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The narcotics drug case involving the MP for Nkoranza North, Eric Amoateng, has taken a worldwide dimension with the arrest of six more Ghanaians in Canada.
A source close to the investigation team told the Daily Graphic that three were picked up in Toronto and the other three in Montréal.
This brings to 12, the number of Ghanaians arrested in connection with the case. The source said the six were alleged to be in the drug business with the MP a nd they needed to be picked for questioning in the US.
The arrest is as a result of some disclosures to the investigators by Amoateng, who is due to reappear before a magistrate court in New York today.
He was picked last week in New York together with an accomplice, Nii Okai Adjei. The sources said the lawyers of Amoateng warned him not to talk to the investigators until they were present but he did not adhere to the warning.
The sources said although his statements could be retracted,they had already given some clues to the investigators.
Three Ghanaians are already in custody in the UK according to the sources.
Investigations have also revealed that the suspected drug substance originated from Afghanistan, then went through the United Arab Emirates and the UK enroute to the US.
Meanwhile, proceedings are underway to repatriate Kofi Afriyie, one of the three Ghanaians arrested in the UK in connection with the case.
The sources said he had been handed over to the UK Immigration Department by the security agencies. The other two, whose names have been withheld, are fighting extradition from the UK to the US.
The source disclosed that it would take between 90 days and six months, depending on the factors associated with the case, before a decision could be taken.
The solicitor of Amoateng, Nana Darko Busia, will leave London on Tuesday for New York to join other lawyers to defend the MP.