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Ghanian Parliament Member Arrested On Drug Charges

  • Peter Clottey

In Ghana, a member of parliament who was reported missing has been arrested in the United States on drug charges. The arrest was in connection with the seizure of 360 pounds of heroine (a street value of about six million dollars, or six trillion cedis). The heroine was stashed in pottery products imported to the United States from Ghana, via Britain. The member of parliament, Eric Amoateng, is a chief and was a member of the ruling New Patriotic Party. But reports say once news of his arrest reached Ghana, the party disowned him.

Retired Captain Nkrabeah Effah-Darteh is chairman of the Ghana Narcotics Control Board. From the Ghanaian capital, Accra, he talks to English to Africa reporter Peter Clottey about the arrest.

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