Five Chinese and five Ghanaian illegal miners have been busted in an operation by the Western Regional Police Command around the Ankobra river in the Western Region during their mining for gold.
The ten illegal miners were spotted digging in the river Ankobra in two communities, Bamiankor and Duwale both in the western region.
The Chinese suspects included; Dong Cheng 30, Hung Jian 51, Ning Guorui 42, Yin Biquiang 46, Li Zilong 44. While the five Ghanaians are Eric Owusu 28, Kwabena Adjei 50, Nana Adu 42, Kwasi Owusu 28 and Kofi Darko 21.
The police also seized mining equipment used for the operations.
Investigations revealed that whilst some Chinese nationals were engaged in the illegal mining activities, others were involved in renting out equipment for the nefarious act.
ASP Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, Western Regional Police Public Relations Officer told the GNA that the command dispatched personnel of the service upon information that some Chinese nationals were mining in the Ankobra river
She indicated that in the process, ten suspects, made up of five Chinese and five Ghanaians were arrested.
According to the Regional Police PRO, the suspects claimed that they had sold all their gold to another Chinese national called Wang Weng at Wasa Akropong on Thursday but the money had been transferred to China.
She noted that the suspects were put before a Sekondi magistrate court and were remanded to reappear on Monday, March 27, 2017.