NACOC seizes $6million worth of cocaine at Kotoka International Airport, arrests 2 British nationals

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The Narcotics Control Commission (NACOC), in collaboration with the UK National Crime Agency, has thwarted a major drug trafficking attempt at Kotoka International Airport in Accra.

Acting on intelligence, officers intercepted a total of 166.88 kilogrammes of suspected cocaine on Monday, June 10, 2024, from the luggage of two British passengers travelling together. 

According to a NACOC statement, the estimated street value of the seized narcotics is $6.48 million.

The detainees were identified in the statement as Hall Shamin Ethline and Graham Omar Adel. 

Both were scheduled to board a British Airways flight bound for Gatwick when their luggage raised suspicion. Upon further inspection, all six of their suitcases – three each – were found to contain a total of 72 slabs of the suspected cocaine.

A breakdown of the seizure reveals that Hall Shamin Ethline’s luggage contained approximately 83.44 kilograms of suspected cocaine alongside personal belongings.

Graham Omar Adel’s luggage also contained roughly 83.44 kilograms of suspected cocaine along with his personal items.

Both individuals have been arrested and are currently assisting with investigations.

Read the entire statement below;

NACOC IMPOUND 166.88KG OF COCAINE; TWO ARRESTED

On Monday, June 10, 2024, an intelligence-led operation by Officers of the Narcotics Control Commission and the UK National Crime Agency, led to the interception of a total of 166.88kg of substances suspected to be cocaine from the luggage of two British National passengers who were travelling together. The substance is estimated to have a street value of $6,480,000. The British passengers are Hall Shamin Ethline, and Graham Omar Adel.

The suspects were scheduled to board a British Airways flight to Gatwick, and checked in their luggage—3 bags each, which were all found to contain 72 slabs of the suspected cocaine. A breakdown of the seizures made is as follows.
Luggage of Hall Shamin Ethline contained a total of 83.44KG of suspected cocaine, along with her personal items.
Luggage of Graham Omar Adel contained a total of 83.44KG of suspected cocaine, along with his personal items.

The two have accordingly been arrested, assisting investigations.

The busting of the suspected criminals reinforces the alertness of the NACOC without bias over nationality, signalling their commitment to the safety of travellers and preparedness to combat flight terminal threats relating to the possession of drugs.

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