SOLDIER ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING CIGARETTES
By Joseph Ziem/Abdul-Karim Naatogmah
The Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) has arrested a soldier and his accomplice, a civilian employee mechanic for attempting to smuggle assorted cigarette on Sunday, May 30, 2010.
The two are stationed at the 87 military brigade in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital.
The Special Operations Unit of the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service accosted Warrant Officer (W.O) Nicholas Adia and Kweku Yeboah in a military cargo truck with registration number 98 GA 27.
They were arrested with the assistance of personnel from the Northern Sector Command of CEPS at the Buipe checkpoint in the Central Gonja District for attempting to smuggle assorted cigarettes labeled Don Seal to Southern Ghana.
The leader of the team from the Special Operations Unit of CEPS, Kobby Ampah, under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning hinted that they were informed of some security personnel using military vehicles to transport contraband or smuggled goods from some parts of the Northern Region to Southern Ghana. T
his according to Mr. Ampah prompted the Special Operations Unit to dispatch some men to lay ambush at some of the unapproved roots in the designated areas along the Cote D’Ivoire border which led to the arrest of W.O Nicholas Adia and Kweku Yeboah.
According to Mr. Ampah, the third occupant of the vehicle is at large.