Police Intercept Truck Smuggling Cocoa to Ivory Coast in Western North Region

by Louisa Afful
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Police in Sefwi Adjofua, Western North Region, intercepted an articulator truck (AS 3984-12) loaded with cocoa allegedly bound for Ivory Coast. The intervention aims to combat illegal activities threatening Ghana’s cocoa industry.

Acting on a tip-off from Ghana Cocoa Board intelligence officers, police set up a roadblock and found the truck carrying a significant amount of cocoa. Initial findings suggest the cocoa, valued at millions of Ghanaian cedis, was intended for illegal export to Ivory Coast, where prices are higher.

Cocoa smuggling across the Ghana-Ivory Coast border is a longstanding issue in the region. Major Rtd Ebenezer Tetteh of Ghana Cocoa Board, Bia West, credited a swift tip-off for the arrest, emphasizing ongoing efforts to curb smuggling despite challenges.

The suspects are in custody, aiding further investigations.

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