38years old man jailed 7 years for cocoa smuggling

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A 38-year-old electrician has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for attempting to smuggle 10 bags of dried cocoa beans to neighbouring Togo.

Personnel of the COCOBOD’s Anti-Cocoa Smuggling Task Force apprehended the suspect, Kingsley Kotto, along with Eric Kwabena Darko, a driver, aged 41, at Maame Wata—a community near Juapong—while attempting to smuggle the bags of cocoa beans out of the country.

During a routine inspection on Thursday, April 25, 2024, the Anti-Cocoa Smuggling Task Force flagged down a sprinter bus with the license number AS-4175-23 along the Atimpoku-Hohoe Highway.

According to the facts, the bus, which was transporting agro chemicals from Kumasi to Hohoe, raised suspicions among the task force personnel.

The team conducted a search on the vehicle, where 10 bags of dried cocoa beans hidden in rubber bags were found.

Furthermore, the personnel later arrested the driver, Eric Kwabena Darko. He was sent to the Akosombo Police Station, where the case was formally reported.

Moreover, during the process of interrogation, Kwabena Darko acknowledged in his caution statement that Kingsley Kotto was the one who hired him to carry the beans from Nsutam in the Eastern Region to Togo for smuggling into the Republic of Togo. Each bag cost GH¢100.00.

Source: myghanadaily


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