Three Chinese nationals have been arrested for engaging in illegal mining, the police have confirmed to Dailymailgh.com.
The three were arrested Thursday in an operation around Amansie West in Ghana’s Ashanti region.
A taskforce in charge of patrolling areas to stop illegal mining popularly known as ‘galamsey’ in the West African country also located two illegal mining sites during the arrest.
“The three were arrested in a mining community called Afedie alongside a Mitsubishi L200 with registration number GM-9280-13,” a police report said.
Other items confiscated included; welding machine, washing machine, two buckets of grease, two buckets of hydraulic oil, three car batteries, a gallon of engine oil, pockets of welding electrodes and 10 gallons of diesel.
The said Chinese are currently in the custody of the Obuasi Central Police Station and will be transferred to the capital Accra Friday, 5th April, 2019.
Over 1,687 illegal miners have so far been arrested by the joint security task force dubbed “Operation Vanguard” deployed to help stop ‘galamsey’ activities in some parts of the country.
The task force was deployed to the Western, Central and Ashanti regions on August 1, 2017 to arrest all persons engaged in illicit mining activities and also seize the equipment used by the galamseyers.
As of the end of August 2018, 1,567 people had been arrested.
Source: Daily Mail GH