The Eastern Regional Police Command of the Ghana Police Service arrested six illegal miners including three Chinese nationals and their Ghanaian accomplices at Denkyira near Nkawkaw in the Eastern region.
The suspects were arrested during operation carried out by the Rapid Deployment Unit of the region led by Superintendent Richardson Kumeko,the outgoing New Juaben Municipal Police Commander .
The suspects were brought to the Eastern regional Police Headquarters where their caution statement were taken.
They have been charged with three counts of offense ,mining without license , possessing explosive arms without authorization and attempt to commit crime and with committing crime.
The suspects have since been remanded to reappear on April 12,2017 to allow police conduct further investigations .
The Police retrieved four excavators ,two pump action guns,68 cartridges and three pumping machines during their arrest at the crime scene.
Already ,29 foreigners including 25 Nigeriens , Togolese,Malian,Guinea Conakrian, and Burkinabe arrested by the forestry commission for illegally mining in the Atewa Forest reserve in January 26,2017 are currently facing trial at the Koforidua Circuit Court .
Last week,Police in Western region similarly ,busted five Ghanaians and five Chinese for engaging in illegal alluvial mining in River Ankobra.
According to the PRO of the Eastern regional Police Command, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, the operation is in furtherance with three week ultimatum issued to the illegal miners to terminate their operation .
He said ,the Police is ready to clamp down on the menace in fulfillment of the government”s vision to conserve and preserve the natural environment and its water bodies.
Ghana is battling with illegal mining menace for more than a decade.The activities of the illegal miners known in local parlance as galamsey have degraded arable lands,destroyed farms and polluted major river bodies.