Illicit Drugs Ghana not ranked 3rd in drug trade - NACOB

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in a 2016 report named Ghana among the top transit points for cocaine in the world.

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The Central Regional boss of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), Riis Kofi Oduro, has dismissed reports that Ghana has been ranked third in illicit drug trafficking.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in a 2016 report named Ghana among the top transit points for cocaine in the world.

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According to the World Drug Report 2016, the West African region in general had become a major passage point for cocaine from South America en route to Europe.

The report said between the five year period; 2009-2014, “the proportion of the total cocaine seizures in Africa accounted for by West Africa rose to 78 per cent.”

The largest amounts seized were in Cape Verde, followed by the Gambia, Nigeria and Ghana with Brazil identified as the source of the illegal shipment.

“Of the cocaine shipments leaving Ghana, 61 per cent left the country by boat and 39 per cent by air”, the report found.

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Buut Mr Oduro told Accra-based Start FM that has been a transit for drug trafficking but he strongly rejected UNODC report about Ghana's level of involvement in drug trade.

He also noted Ghana NACOB has not been noticed of any investigation on illicit drugs targetting Ghana.

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