For indulging in unlawful mining in the Tano-Nimiri Forest Reserve in the Aowin Municipality of the Western North Region, three Chinese have been detained.
Three Ghanaians were also detained as participants in the galamsey crime.
This followed a fruitful operation directed by the Western North Regional Forestry Manager and Martha Kwayie Manu, Deputy Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission.
According to reports, the suspects cleared a sizable chunk of the Reserve to make their mining operations easier.
Three pump action rifles, a Nissan 44 pickup truck, and other goods were taken from the miners during the arrest.
The miners’ arrest was described to Adom News by Martha Kwayie Manu, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission.
“We got the hint on July 4, but anytime we visited, they were not there. So we were just spying and waiting on them to arrive so that we can apprehend them and that is exactly what we did today,” he said.
He also urged those using the forest reserves unlawfully to desist because the Commission will pursue them.
The accused have been transported to Sefwi Wiawso’s Regional Police headquarters to await their court appearance.