On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, in a massive operation conducted by operation vanguard personnel in the Mpohor and Prestea-Huni Valley in the western region arrested 20 Chinese citizens suspected of engaging in illegal mining.

Some of the heavy equipment used by these illegal miners were confiscated – five excavators, two generators, seven water pumps, and spare parts for excavators and action guns.

20 suspected Chinese illegal miners
The arrested Chinese illegal miners

The suspects are currently detained by police in Abosso until the Ghana Immigration Service has been properly handed over to.

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Two other Chinese citizens were arrested by patrol steered within the Ntobroso area in the Atwima Mponua district on Monday along with Toyota pickups and other assorted mining equipment.

Operations carried out in the Abompe area in Fanteakwa District also arrested a Bissau-Guinean and 14 Ghanaian citizens suspected of being illegal miners.

All the foreign suspects have since been handed over to Ghana Immigration Service with the natives in the custody of several district police stations pending further action.

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