The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has destroyed large quantities of goods worth thousands of Ghana cedis seized from smugglers.
The goods included pharmaceutical products, aphrodisiacs, expired food items, prohibited substandard goods and more than 1,600 compressed parcels of Indian hemp.
The Assistant Commissioner in charge of the Ho Sector, Mr Frank Cudjoe Ashong, said the goods were destroyed at a dumpsite at Klefe in the Volta Region.
He said most of the goods were retrieved after the smugglers abandoned them for fear of arrest.
According to him, the pharmaceutical products were outright seizures from importers who had violated the law on importing the products through the border, instead of the sea ports or the airport.
“With the new Customs Law, 2015, Act 891, officials are required to intercept such goods, confiscate the vehicle, arrest conveyor and the owner of consignment,” the Assistant Commissioner in charge of the Ho Sector, Mr Frank Cudjoe Ashong added.
Drivers have therefore been warned to examine items before they lift them to their various destinations.