In a move to reduce the in flow and Trafficking of drugs including misuse of illegal drugs across the Country the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) has arrested a Nigerian national named Christian Obena Blessing, age forty four with forty grams of cocaine valued at about 1,000usd and 150,000ld including fifty five grams of heroin valued also at 2,750usd and 4,125,000.00ld.
The arrest was done with the close collaboration of LDEA agents and officers assigned in Sinoe County at the Togbaville Checkpoint.
However the suspect claimed he was innocent to the crime due to his unknowing nature of the parcel given him by one of his friends.
Releasing update on its latest arrest and operations across Liberia the Deputy Director for operations of the LDEA Marvin Sarkor assured his people that they will leave no stone unturned in bringing to book all allege culprits.
As testimony of their quest and seriousness in their operations Mr.Sarkor told reporters that they have arrested and dismissed five of their own officers caught in similar act,saying all hands on desk.
Additionally the LDEA boss for operations also disclosed the arrest of several other persons to include: Moses Katiah,a Liberian age thirty two with eight point four grams of cocaine valued at 420.00usd and 63,000ld.
At the same time LDEA special drug squad arrested suspect Emmanuel Brown,A Liberian,age 20 from the duport road intersection while transacting in plain view with forty four point four grams of heroin valued at 1,500.00usd with Liberian dollar equivalent of 225.000, he is currently being investigated by LDEA’s team of investigators,amongst many others.
Meanwhile the total value of the Drugs arrested thus far of late are:9,065.00usd and 1,359,750.00ld.
Sarkor used the occasion to call on all Liberians to now see the issue of drug abuse and trafficking as a serous epidemic that is destroying the lives of young people as well as creating the issue of insecurity affecting the future and wellbeing of the children of Liberia.
In an a move to enable proper visibility and full effectiveness of their operations, the Drugs Enforcement Agency calls for adequate budgetary support to enhance their operations.
Porous borders,weak judicial system and lack of logistical and budgetary support are amongst key issues affecting the full effectiveness of the workings of the LDEA but Mr.Sarkor is certain that if those necessary support are given them they will perform to expectation.
He was quick to add that they are working in line and taking direct mandate from the Justice Minister to ensure the right things are done.