Former NPP Member of Parliament for Nkoranza North, Eric Amoateng, is expected to be released Tuesday after serving a seven-year jail term in the United States.
was arrested on December 11, 2005 for illegal possession of 136 pounds of heroin in the United States.
, however, sent a resignation letter dated 4 February 2007 to the Speaker, which was accepted.
By-elections were finally held on March 13, 2007 and Major Derrick Oduro (Retired) won to replace Amoateng
, 16 months after his
had travelled to the USA on an Emirates Airline flight to the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) with a friend, Nii Okai Adjei.
The trip, according to reports, was ostensibly to buy wrist watches for resale in Ghana with $9,000 seized from Amoateng
They were charged with "conspiracy with intent to distribute heroin".
and Nii Okai Adjei initially pleaded not guilty to the charge of conspiracy to distribute narcotics when brought to court.
Adjei later changed his
plea to guilty.
Following this, a second charge was brought against Amoateng
In August 2006, a third charge of "distributing a controlled narcotic substance of about a kilogram or more containing heroin" was brought against Amoateng
On March 19, 2007, Amoateng
plea to guilty.
was sentenced on 12 December 2007 to 10 years in jail.
Seven boxes of pottery which had landed at Newark Liberty International Airport from London, destined for JFK a day earlier were found to contain 136 pounds of heroin.
The reported street value of the drugs was about US$6 million.
and Adjei were monitored by security personnel as they took delivery of the cargo and sent it to an American Self-Storage location on Staten Island.
They were arrested the next day when they went to inspect the goods.
apparently unsuccessfully claimed diplomatic immunity following his
Profile of the man, Eric Amoateng
Eric Amoateng was born in Ghana on February 19, 1953.
secondary education at Nkoranza Anglican School
, where he
He then attended the Nkoranza Training College, Nkoranza for his A-level education, completing in 1973.
He further attended the Nkoranza Teacher Training College from where he qualified as a teacher.
Years later, he went to the University of Ghana, obtaining a diploma in religion in 1992.
unsuccessfully bid to stand as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP candidate for the Nkoranza constituency in 2000 amidst some controversy.
Some were reportedly wary of his
It is also reported that in 2001, Amoateng
was once accused of visa fraud.
chieftaincy in 2004 in order to stand in the December 2004 parliamentary elections on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
adopted Bomini in neighbouring Nkoranza North constituency in the Nkoranza District as his
candidacy for the Nkoranza North constituency was challenged at the Sunyani High Court in 2004 but the case was eventually withdrawn from the court.
won 46.9 per cent of the votes with a margin of 22.3 per cent to become the first ever Member of Parliament
for the newly created Nkoranza North constituency, from January 7, 2005.
arrest, there was a long debate as to whether Amoateng
should still be held as the sitting MP for Nkoranza North.