The Konongo-Odumase District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Mr Ibrahim Sulley, told the Daily Graphic the police would sustain the operation to rid the area of in-house illegal mining. According to him, 23 out of the 70 in-house mining pits at Odumase had been sealed.
Meanwhile, the Konongo District Court last Thursday fined seven persons GH¢2,520 for their involvement in in-house illegal mining at Odumase.
Six of them, who pleaded guilty before the court, presided over by Mrs Priscilla O. Yeboah, were convicted of the charge and fined 30 penalty units each, in default of which they would serve two years each in jail.
The seventh accused person, Nana Kwaku, was not in court and a bench warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest. The convicts were among those arrested in a police operation on August 31, 2015.
Prosecuting, Detective Sergeant Benjamin Ainoo told the court that the police embarked on an operation to clamp down on in-house illegal mining at Odumase. He said the police managed to arrest the seven suspects at Nana Ayaase where they were doing their illegal mining business.
He said some of the items seized from them were 40 mini sacks of stones suspected to contain gold, cables, three pickaxes, two hammers, a shovel and one air blower. The prosecutor said the police were able to demolish 10 structures being used for the operations