The National Security has arrested six Chinese nationals who were involved in illegal mining otherwise known as “galamsey”, drug peddling and money laundering in the Asankragwa township.
The arrest which took place on May 7, 2021 came after National Security operatives conducted a swoop in two locations in the township, specifically the area behind the Petrosol fuel station and a casino within the Xindi hotel on the Asankragwa-Enchi road.
The six suspects apprehended are Chem Gui Bim (31), Lu Siam Chu (36), Wu Sao Pui (41), Yao Sausam (44), Xue Lian lua (30), and Cheng Chun Rong (45).
The owner of the hotel is currently at large but his wife, Xue Loan Lua has been arrested and is aiding in investigations.
In addition, the operatives retrieved 1 Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle, an amount of GHS1,302,990, 1 and half boxes of mercury, 6 pump action gun, 1 sidearm, 7 excavator control boards, 3 parcels of indian hemp, 8 cartridges, 1 laptop, 80 phones and 41 ipads.
Per checks, the casino and hotel have been in active operation for almost five years casting doubts over claims that the Divisional Police in the area had no knowledge over illegal operations in the area.
In the meantime, all six suspects are in the custody of the Ministry of National Security assisting ongoing investigations.