The Eastern regional operation Vanguard Taskforce has arrested 26 illegal alluvia miners popularly known as Chanfai for defying ban on illegal mining activities .
The suspects were arrested from August 3rd to 5th,2017 during their patrol operations in some mining sites in the region.
The Deputy regional Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command ,Inspector Gideon Boateng , explained to that ,one of the suspects ,Asante Benson ,38, was arrested at Saaman near Osino in the Fanteakwa District on August 3,2017.
Also 19 of the suspects were arrested at Nsuapimso on the 4th August ,2017 while another 6 were arrested at Ankaase near Anyinam in the Atewa District .
The Suspects are between ages of 18 to 60 years.
Most of the suspects were arrested mining in the Birim river .
Items retrieved during their arrest include Chanfai machines, excavators ,shovels ,pick axe and other implementing .
The suspects apart from Asante Benson who has been remanded by Koforidua circuit court ,are expected to be put before court.