The suspects, Mohammed Salifu, the owner of Mobraz Farms, a poultry farm based in Madina, and his brother Issa Salifu, the company’s managing director, are allegedly the main suspects in the importation of the suspected drugs, which were part of a consignment of 50 containers of sugar imported into the country from Brazil.
Another key suspect (name withheld for now) is in police custody. Asaase Radio can disclose that the suspect is a customs officer stationed at Tema Port.
Several workers of Mobraz Farms were arrested but have since been released. The two key people there managed to escape the net, but the hunt is on and the two men are believed to be still in Ghana.
A brief profile of the company on www.findglobal.com describes Mobraz Farms as a big supplier of poultry, live and dressed chickens, goats, cows, sheep, turkeys, ducks, general livestock and poultry feed products in the Ghanaian retail and food service sectors.
Mobraz Farms says its aim is to grow its business by providing high-quality, affordable products and delivering quality service to its customers.
Representatives of the Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC) and National Security operatives at Tema discovered and seized one 40-foot container labelled as carrying sugar.
Upon inspection based on intelligence, however, the container was found to have 152 kilograms of the substance in it.
Ready to pounce
The container was one of 50 consigned to Taj, a company which imports rice and sugar in large quantities into Ghana.
The consignment was assigned to Global Cargo and Commodities Ltd, a local clearing agent in Ghana.
The street value of the illegal substance seized is believed to be up to US$20 million in Europe.
Our checks show that National Security personnel, working under cover, had been tracking the shipment and the suspects over a long period. They knew which container was holding the cocaine and were ready to pounce.
Our sources also say that the closing-in was a purely Ghanaian operation, without any involvement of international partners. The main agencies that worked together to impound the drugs were National Security, the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and NACOC.
Wilberforce Asare / Asaase News correspondents