A secret gathering police in the Upper East region believe was a crowd of Indian hemp smokers turned into a ‘prayer camp’ when police detectives, acting on a tipoff, appeared from nowhere to take them into custody.
he plainclothes law enforcers counted as many as 30 motorbikes parked at the secret location by the suspected smokers when they swooped on the rocky zone at Tindomolgo, a community in the regional capital, Bolgatanga.
The suspects were all inside a structure surrounded by rocks painted with pictures of reggae legend, Bob Marley, at the time the lawmen arrived at a moment’s notice. When approached and asked what the gathering was about, the alleged smokers told the police they had gathered inside the structure to pray for peace and harmony to continue to prevail in the municipality.
Their answer did not wash with the police as an obvious fright in their wide-open eyes and the discomfort signals shown in their body language were at variance with their purported prayer points— peace and harmony.
Pretending to be convinced, one of the investigators ‘lauded’ the ‘fellowship’ strongly and craftily asked he be allowed to join the ‘prayer session’ to request spiritual deliverance on behalf of a friend who needed liberation badly from an ancestral spell and a household demon.
As the officer was being led clumsily by confused-looking ushers towards the U-shape structure for him to tender his prayer request, a well-known weed wholesaler in the capital, Rashid Amalga, called Rashid Tanzania as his nickname, rode a motorbike into the secret zone. He was carrying a multicolour traveller bag and a white sack on the bike, both containing some stuffs suspected to be marijuana to be sold to the pretended worshippers.
“He didn’t know some strange faces were around until he rode the motorbike in,” said one of the detectives in an interaction with Starr News after the raid. “The moment he saw us, the look on his face changed questionably.”
When approached for answers regarding the things in the bag and the sack, Rashid told the officers they were his goods. An immediate search of the bag and the sack revealed he was carrying the prohibited substance in large quantities.
To avoid any outburst of temper and a possible attack from the crowd waiting impatiently inside the building for the marijuana merchant, the far-outnumbered plainclothesmen mounted the suspect on a police-operation motorbike quickly and took him away at the speed of light with the contraband goods before anybody could know it. Contemplating a hot chase by the disappointed crowd left behind, the officers used unpredictable routes to the Bolgatanga Municipal Police Station.