GACL interdicts staff allegedly involved in cocaine smuggling at KIA

GACL interdicts staff allegedly involved in cocaine smuggling at KIA

The Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) has interdicted all staff allegedly involved in the recent cocaine smuggling incident at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), an official statement has said.

It comes after the Herald Newspaper report of the interception of a significant quantity of illegal drugs at Brussels Airport in Belgium believed to have been smuggled through KIA aboard, Royal Air Maroc, facilitated by a GACL staff on 23 March, 2024.

According to the report, Proeger Delgey Bianca, a female, who is Dutch national, was arrested at Brussels Airport with eight and a half (8.5) kilograms of suspected cocaine, allegedly transported through KIA on the mentioned date.

A statement issued by GACL on Wednesday (10 April), warned it will dismiss and prosecute any staff found culpable of facilitating passengers in such circumstances in line with existing protocols.

“The attention of the Board and Management of GACL has been drawn to the Herald publication dated Wednesday, April 10, 2024, with the above headline. Management notes that investigations by relevant authorities into the alleged smuggling of 8.5 kilograms of substance suspected to be cocaine through Kotoka International Airport on March 23, 2024, are ongoing.

“The Board and Management, in line with GACL’s internal administrative processes, has taken swift measures to interdict all GACL staff relevant to the investigation.”

“Management has also reiterated its warning to staff regarding the facilitation of passengers at the airport, failing which punitive measures not limited to but including summary dismissals and prosecutions by the State will be

effected in line with existing protocols,” the GACL statement said.

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