In massive operations conducted by operation vanguard personnel at Mpohor and Prestea-Huni Valley in the Western Region on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 20 Chinese nationals suspected of engaging in illegal mining have been apprehended.
Several equipment used by illegal miners were also confiscated – five excavators, two generator sets, seven water pumping machines and excavator parts and pump action rifles.
The suspects are currently in the custody of the Abosso Police pending proper handing over to Ghana Immigration Service.
Two other Chinese nationals were arrested in patrols conducted within the general area of Ntobroso in the Atwima Mponua District on Monday together with a Toyota pickup truck and several other miscellaneous mining equipment.
In operations conducted in the general area of Abompe in the Fanteakwa District, a Bissau-Guinean and 14 Ghanaian suspected illegal miners were also arrested.
All the foreign suspects have since been handed over to Ghana Immigration Service with the locals in the custody of various district police stations awaiting further action.