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Drugs Arrested Again ….As High-Grade Marijuana Caught with Man, 25

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By: H. Richard Fallah

HARPER: It seems the journey to bringing an end to illegal drugs importation, proliferation and addiction in Liberia is becoming more challenging as all kinds of illicit drugs and other dangerous substances continue to find their way to the West African nation through various porous borders and other entry points.

Over the weekend, officers of Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA), disclosed that they arrested a twenty five (25) year old man, identified as Francis Wallace, in the southeastern County of Maryland with huge quantity of illicit drugs.

Providing details to newsmen in Maryland County, the LDEA Maryland County commander, Sergeant Papa Gombu, revealed that the suspect was caught with seven bags of high-grade marijuana.

Commander Gombu told Journalists that the arrest followed a security search in New Town, Harper District, Maryland County.
Sergeant Papa Gombu has just been assigned to Maryland County, specifically on Monday, April 11, 2023, replacing a former LDEA Commander, Joseph Tegeddine, who was arrested nearly five months ago on suspicion of raping a minor but, is yet to appear in court for further investigation since February, 2023.

According to the LDEA Commander, Papa Gombu, drugs suspect Francis Wallace is in the protective Police custody in Harper undergoing preliminary security investigation.

The Commander did not give the estimated street value of the newly arrested drugs and where exactly the suspect took the drugs from.
While giving his view on the appalling drugs situation in the country on Wednesday April 19, 2023, through a write-up on a local radio , the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Maj /Gen. Prince C. Johnson III, recommended drugs testing process for all public officials in the country.
He noted that such test should be focused on appointed and elected individuals wanting to serve the country.
The AFL Chief of Staff continued that those who will be tested positive of drugs should not be allowed to serve in any public office in the country, as they may not be good examples for change in the best interest of the country’s younger generation.
According to General Johnson, this latest recommendation, if accepted, should be one of the key requirements set for nominations or appointments in government.

General Johnson said, if this action is taken, it will be the beginning of awareness to reduce the illegal flow of narcotic drugs and other dangerous substances in the country.
In October 2022, Liberian authorities, acting on United States Embassy security intelligence, arrested two foreign nationals and are searching for two others suspected of involvement in the illegal importation of drugs worth approximately US$100 million to Liberia via the Freeport of Monrovia.

The estimated value of the drugs is one-fifth of most of Liberia’s post-war annual budgets since the country’s civil war ended in 2003, according to informed sources.
According to experts the value of the One Hundred million (100,000.000.00) street values is 25% of the Liberian government’s budget and probably 15% of the Liberian Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which at the time sparked controversy across Liberia.
The arrest, according to officials of the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) was made in plain view following well-verified intelligence from the U.S. government, at about 1:00 PM Saturday, October 1, 2022.
According to details of the operations, LDEA-NSA joint operatives stormed the SONIT Liberia Inc. compound and seized from them a huge quantity of raw Cocaine concealed among frozen goods owned by SONIT Inc.
SONIT Incorporated is a frozen food company located in Topoe Village on Somalia Drive along the Japanese Freeway.
However, the company has distanced itself from the unlawful importation and sale of illicit drugs, insisting that it has been working in collaboration with the LDEA, which led to the recent arrest.
Under Liberia’s current laws, drugs smuggling is an offense for which suspects can get bill. A proposed bill that would strengthen the punishment for illicit drugs traffickers has yet to be approved by the Liberian Senate, the Upper House of the country’s bicameral Legislature.
At the moment, anti-drugs activists are of the opinion that bill has been stalled in the Legislature.
Drugs addiction has led to increasing wayward behaviors among predominately young people in Liberia, who are being referred to as “ZOGOS” (males) and “ZOOGES” (females). The situation, according to experts, is partly responsible for the increasing rate of deaths in the country.
Other reports suggest that drugs addiction in Liberia also involves some pregnant women, teenagers, adults in both slum and other so-called privileged communities across the country.

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