By Bryan Dioh (Maryland County Correspondent)
The Harper Magisterial Court in Maryland County has sentenced an importer of narcotic substance in the County to one-year imprisonment after he found guilty of unlicensed and illegal possession of drugs.
Mr. Nelson Tarpeh, age 47, will serve one year, six-month imprisonment after he admitted to transporting and selling illegal substances in Newkru Town Harper, Maryland County.
Tarpeh appearing before the Magistrate Dweh Morgan pleaded for mercy after admitting the fact of selling the drugs. He told the court that he has been in the business of drugs selling over the past 10years to sustain him and his family.
“I begged the Court to please let me go because I have sold this for over 10 years now and from the selling, all of my children are in the school including feeding my family so if I am locked up who will feed my family again,” he said.
Despite the appears made, Magistrate Morgan handed down judgment thereby sentencing Tarper to jail.
For his part, Maryland County Liberia Drugs enforcement Commander Joseph Dean praised the Court for the Judgment and indicated that the sentencing of drug sellers and users will serve as a deterrent to others who are engaged in a similar act.
Commander Dean said Tarpeh was arrested with 50 Kilograms of marijuana wroth over L$31,000 after his office launched an operations code-named “Drag Net” on the early mornings of August 20, 2020, which was aimed at tracking down drugs users, dealers, and importers in the county.
He mentioned that the arrest of Tarpeh was a major relief for residents of New Kru Town whom he said have over the years complained to his office about.
The Maryland County Drugs Enforcement Agency Commander meanwhile outlined the need for logistical support aimed at fighting drugs in the County.