Launch of a new law enforcement unit in Tamale, Ghana

This activity was funded by the United States of America

To build the capacity of law enforcement agencies in Ghana in their fight against drug trafficking and related organized crime, UNODC refurbished and equipped a new Drug Law Enforcement Unit (DLEU) in the North, which was officially launched on 14th November 2018 in Tamale. This new DLEU will help officers in the region, investigate and prosecute drug trafficking offences. It is the second DLEU established in the country this year. The first one was established in July 2018, in Koforidua.

The DLEU was inaugurated by Mr James Oppong Boanuh, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP),  and Mr Luke Durkin, Deputy Political Chief of the US Embassy in Ghana. Representatives of UNODC, Ghana's Law Enforcement Agencies and International representatives attended the launch.  

In his statement, Mr. Durkin stated that illegal drugs are a serious matter, and it is not a problem for any one country but for the entire world. He added that "…we are here to enable and support your mission, so that the people of Ghana, the United States, and everywhere can live their lives free from this menace". DIGP Mr. Oppong Boanuh appealed to officers of the DLEU unit to conduct their duties professionally, use the donated equipment solely for the purpose for which it has been donated and report all seizures accurately.


Five officers trained to Advance level drug trafficking investigation have been assigned to the Tamale DLEU and were given the necessary tools to work effectively.  Furthermore, two training sessions on advance drug trafficking investigation were also organized at the time of the launch in Tamale and Kumasi, whose DLEUs both received donations of drug test kits and investigations Handbooks. The Italian Embassy also donated two motorbikes to the new DLEU in Tamale.

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This support to Ghana's DLUEs is funded by the United States Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (US-INL) and implemented by UNODC through the provision of training and equipment. This project was launched in 2016 in collaboration with the Government of Ghana under the 'Technical Assistance Project to Ghanaian Authorities to Counter Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime' project which seeks to support national efforts in combatting the drug trafficking menace.

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