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Ghana Tagged As Dugs Transshipment Point 3/23/2007
Friday, 23 March 2007
The numerous cocaine scandals that have bedeviled the country in recent times continue to carve a bad niche for Ghana’s corporate image in the eyes of the international community. Latest among series of reports is that of the United States Department of State 2007 International Narcotic Control Strategy Report (INCSR) on Ghana, which puts Ghana in the spotlight as a major transshipment point of illegal drugs, particularly cocaine.

The nation’s premier Kotoka International Airport is captured as increasingly becoming a focus for traffickers. Also, the Tema and Takoradi ports as well as border posts at Aflao, Elubo and Sampa are tagged as areas that often record significant drug trafficking activities.

According to a press release issued by the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America, in the year 2006 for instance, South American cocaine trafficking rings were said to have increased their foothold in the country, establishing well-developed distribution networks run by criminals from neighbouring Nigeria and Ghanaians themselves.

The report further quotes Ghana’s interest in attracting investment as providing a good cover for foreign drug barons to enter the country under the guise of doing legitimate business.

“However South American traffickers reduced their need to visit Ghana in person by increasing reliance on local partners, thus further insulating themselves from possible arrest by local authorities”.

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