DRUG LAW ENFORCEMENT UNIT - NARCOTICS
The Narcotics Unit is a branch of the Criminal investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service. In view of that, personnel of the Narcotics unit are mainly mainstream detectives who receive further training in crime detection at the Detective training School of the Ghana Police Service. This equips them with extra skills to be able to handle all kinds of criminal cases, narcotic cases inclusive.
The current head of the Narcotics Unit is Supt./Mr. Cuthbert M. Aapengnuo. The head is assisted by two senior police officers who directly supervise the Station Officer who in turn surprises the other ranks. Some of the former heads of the unit were Supt. Robert Ayalingo, DSP/Mr. Thomas Obah, ACP/Mr. Adu Amankwah, DSP/Mr. Kofi Adzei-Tuadzrah, among others.
Functions of the Unit
The traditional function of the unit is the handling of intra and international drug trafficking cases. The unit performs operational duties from time to time to fight illicit drug abuse and trafficking throughout Ghana. It also collaborates with stakeholders such as the Drug Enforcement Authority (DEA) of the United States of America, the Narcotics Control Board of Ghana and other security agencies in the country in the arrest, prosecution and even the extradition of fugitive drug traffickers. The Narcotics Unit, like other units of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service is an integral part of law enforcement in Ghana.
Officers working at the Narcotics unit work in plain clothes and are specially trained to deal with drug-related crimes, organized crimes and money laundering. The unit also handles cases reported to it by the Food and drugs Authority. The Narcotics Unit also performs under-cover and sting operations as and when the information about drug syndicates are received. Destruction of many acres of cannabis farms country wide has also been among the functions of the unit.
In line with contemporary policing and best practices, many changes to the unit including change of name, logistics and capacity-building of personnel have been undertaken to enable it meet international standards. Courses have been organized for personnel in Ghana and abroad to equip them with the requisite skills in confronting the drug menace. The name was changed from Narcotics Unit to Drug Law Enforcement Unit on the assumption office by the former Inspector-General of Police Mr. P. K. Acheampong to meet the current trends and synchronize with the sophisticated nature of the trade. This was however reversed to the former name Narcotics Unit by the current administration.
For the period under consideration [January – June 2013], the review of cases are as follows:
Interesting Cases & Achievements
Over the years, the Narcotics Unit has chalked many success as far as the arrest, prosecution of drug traffickers are concerned. Among the cases off interest are:
Public Education | Advice
Members of the general public are entreated to report criminals cultivating, possessing and using Narcotic drugs as well as the hideouts of dealers in narcotic drugs to the police. Click here to report an incident
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IGP INDUCTED INTO OFFICE
The IGP, Mr David Asante-Apeatu has been officially inducted into office at a colourful service at the Ghana Police Church on 23rd April.
GERMAN EMBASSY DONATES
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IGP AT AGBOBLOSHIE, ACCRA
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