Lebanese busted at KIA trying to sneak $1.4m out of Ghana


38yr-old Lebanese has been arrested by the Operatives of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The suspect, Darwich Hussein, 3, who was travelling to Beirut, Lebanon, was arrested with $1.4 million and 256,000 euros in his carry-on bag at the KIA in Accra last Monday.

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The officials viewed the suspect with suspicion when he was feeling uneasy carrying his luggage in haste to board the flight.

Darwich Hussein

According to the Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board, Mr Francis Torkonoo, they stopped him to inspect his luggage.

Upon opening the luggage, they found nicely packaged items which they opened only to discover it was money.

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The sum total of the money is $1.4 million and 256, 000 euros when they counted it.

According to Mr Torkonoo, there was no evidence that the money was declared at the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The NACOB executive secretary said activities by money launderers could be a contributory factor to the recurrent depreciation of the Ghanaian currency and, therefore, reminded businesses and the travelling public that anybody with such large sums of foreign currency had to declare them at the airport.

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