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Baltimore-West Africa Heroin-trade Figure Emerges

The man known previously known only as “Wagba,” portrayed in a 2012 Baltimore heroin trial as a Ghana-based coordinator of courier-carried heroin shipments to the Baltimore area who mediated a drug-dealer dispute here from across the ocean, now has a name: George Frimpong Ebo-Amissah. He’d been indicted under seal for importing heroin from Ghana to Maryland in 2012, a few weeks after he was a much-discussed ghost presence at a Baltimore heroin-conspiracy trial. He recently was extradited and had his first court appearance in Baltimore’s federal court on Sept. 17.

The 2012 trial of car and computer dealer Moses Appram ended with a conviction, and all of Appram’s co-defendants—including Nana Boateng and Krist Koranteng, the feuding drug traffickers who’d threatened to kill one another until Wagba intervened—pleaded guilty before it began. Now Wagba will have to decide whether to fight the indictment or seek a plea deal.

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