Eleven suspected drug dealers operating in Elmina have been arrested by a combined team of the Central Regional Task Force and the Elmina Police Command.
The 11, who include two females, 16-year-old Joyce Assifuah and 25-year-old Georgina Arthur, were arrested at a popular ?wee ghetto? called Dentsido, in Elmina last week.
The others include John K. Mbroh, 47; Gabriel Fiifi Essien, 29; George Sikayena, 25; Kweku Badu Adu, 34, and; John Acquah, 30.? The rest are Aaron Ikins, 16; Emmanuel Boateng, 16; Ekow Assuman, 22, and; Emmanuel Amoah, 59.
After the arrests, the Central Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Ransford Moses Ninson, briefed the media.
He said a combined team of police personnel led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Godfred Asare, conducted a dawn swoop at Dentsido on Thursday last week, and arrested the suspects who were believed to be dealers in cocaine and Indian hemp and engaging in smoking and robbery.
According to DCOP Ninson, the police also retrieved six television sets, 12 DVD players, a pressing iron, standing fan, ceiling fan, deep freezer, a box of jewels, two large aluminum sauce pans, un-serviced generators and two radio sets.
He said the police also confiscated large quantities of local gin mixed with Indian hemp, two mini drums of local gin, two ice chests and large quantities of leaves suspected to be Indian hemp.
He disclosed that four out of the 11, John K. Mbroh, Gabriel Fiifi Essien, Emmanuel Boateng and George Arthur, have been identified as the ones who processed the narcotic substances and have been charged with the offence accordingly.
DCOP Ninson added that five other suspects being held for compound crime have been granted bail until substantive charges are brought against them.
?We have also informed the residents that there will be an identification parade of the suspects,? he disclosed.
However, he added that Emmanuel Amoah and Joyce Assifuah, who the police believe to be victims of circumstances, have been granted police enquiry bail to assist the police in their investigations.
He urged the public, especially those who have fallen victim to the nefarious activities of robbers, to come to the regional police headquarters for the identification.
Source: FROM MAGDALENE SEY,?CAPE COAST, C/R.