GACL interdicts staff allegedly involved in cocaine smuggling at KIA

A statement issued by GACL on Wednesday (10 April) warned that it will dismiss and prosecute any staff found guilty of assisting passengers to smuggle drugs through Ghana’s airports

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

The move follows a Herald newspaper report that a significant quantity of illegal drugs was intercepted at Brussels Airport in Belgium, believed to have been smuggled through KIA aboard a Royal Air Maroc flight with the help of a member of the GACL staff on 23 March 2024.

According to the report, a woman named as Bianca Proeger Delgey, a Dutch national, was arrested at Brussels Airport with eight and a half (8.5) kilograms of a substance believed to be cocaine, allegedly transported through KIA on the reported date.

A statement issued by GACL on Wednesday (10 April) warned that the company will dismiss and prosecute any staff found culpable of facilitating drug trafficking by passengers, 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 …” the statement says. “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 statement from GACL says.

Below is the full statement:

Press Statement 10-04-24-1 by Fred Dzakpata on Scribd


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