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US$100m Drug Tycoon Penetrates LDEA? -As Claim of Plot Over the Agency Emerges

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MONROVIA: Investigation conducted by The ‘Investigative’ INDEPENDENT has gathered that causes and factors for the raging infighting involving some top officials of the Liberian Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) are deeper than the what is fast spreading in certain quarters of the country.

The investigation established that a scheme has been planned at the LDEA aimed at perpetuating misunderstanding and confusion among its officials, and create an atmosphere of disintegration that may distract the agency from focusing on the full implementation of its statutory mandate, which is also in line with the incumbent President’s flagship national development agenda, styled: ARREST.

According to a highly placed, well-connected and authoritative security source, the prevailing atmosphere of disorder at the LDEA is being fueled and remotely controlled by a top Asian drugs tycoon who is believed to have been connected to the infamous US$100 million drugs which were shipped to Liberia in 2022, during which court trial indicated that nobody was found liable.

It is also established that the Asian drugs mafia, believed to be a Lebanese millionaire was allegedly protected by the recent past administration as regard the US$100 million drugs shipment to Liberia, as it related to full disclosure in the importation of the drugs.

Side-track investigation by this paper also found out that in the center of the raging dispute is the Lebanese drugs tycoon, who during previous investigation should have been invited as a person of interest and/or a principal suspect but was left off the hook in the infamous US$100 million drugs case.

The drugs were discovered at the TRH Trading Corporation, a conglomeration of AJA Group that rented warehouse facilities which are situated along the Japanese Freeway in Monrovia on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

The Lebanese Businessman, whose name is withheld for security reasons, was practically linked to the US$100 million drug but was left off the hook by the former government, sources familiar with previous investigation hinted.

It is also gathered that the long-time drug lord has been using other businesses to shield his alleged criminal activities in Liberia. The reports say the tycoon made some undisclosed gestures to the new top officers at the LDEA, as a way of influencing them to protect his business interest and turn a blind eye to his purported clandestine operations in Liberia.

The rejection of this offer is alleged to have triggered the ongoing bad blood among LDEA Director General Abraham S. Kromah and his two deputies, Col. Gbawou Kowou and Col. Hassan Fadiga.

The drug mafia is said to be fighting to banish the LDEA suspended boss to gain control of the LDEA.

Other security sources hinted this paper that the fight that went viral over the existence of a zombie drug in the country was just a tip of the deep-rooted sentiments among officials of the agency.

On Monday, 3 June 2024, Col. Kromah and Col. Fadiga reportedly engaged in a fight following their disagreement about the existence of a narcotic substance called ZOMBIE.

Social media was inundated with reports of altercation between the two top officers at the LDEA.

The tension erupted between the senior law enforcement officials within the LDEA facility in Fiamah, Sinkor, after both men shared varying views about the ZOMBIE drugs.

The conflict was said to have started after Col. Fadiga allegedly rubbished the existence of the ZOMBIE drugs in Liberia.

However, the Liberia National Police (LNP) had to intervene to calm the situation between the two senior officers at the LDEA.

According to Mr. Fadiga, LDEA officers have already investigated and found out that there are no ZOMBIE drugs found in Liberia.

Following the altercation, Col. Fadiga used social media to attempt to clarify that he did not brandish any weapon, contrary to Col. Kromah’s claim.

Howbeit, following hours of the tense conflict at the LDEA central office, President Joseph Nyuma Boakai suspended the three top Directors at the Agency and ordered an immediate investigation into the ongoing bitter disputes among the men who have been trusted to battle the huge influx of illicit drugs into this West African Nation.

US$100 Million Drugs Burst

In October 2022, the Government of Liberia, through Justice Minister Musa Dean, declined to arrest and question top management at the TRH Trading Corporation over the huge quantity of drugs that were found in their consigned container, describing them as victims rather than perpetrators.

Despite repeated calls by this paper that the company officials be questioned or treated as suspected in the case, Justice Minister Dean chose to let TRH walk free.

While there were reports which claimed it was the head of the AJA Group, George Abi Joudi, that reported the drugs found in one of its containers to authorities at the US Embassy near Monrovia, this paper gathered from intelligent sources that it was rather the US Embassy who hinted top officers at the National Security Agency (NSA) and that the AJA Group running to the US Embassy was based on a tip-off that members of the security forces were on their tails.

The hasty clearing of TRH by the Liberian Government of any link with the stockpiled of drugs discovered in its consigned container begs a lot of questions.

Brokers said at the time that there was no way that TRH could prove its innocence when the container containing the drugs was shipped to the company.

What brokers found more interesting about this shipment and the privileges being enjoyed by TRH Trading Company is that the Global Maritime Tracking Solution, which tracks all shipments from around the globe, warned that the consignment containing the drugs be subject to physical inspection.

However, customs authorities at the National Port Authority ignored the warning and allowed the container to leave the port without any physical inspection.

Upon taking over at the LDEA, Col. Kromah vowed that his team would re-open an investigation into the US100 million drug bust to include suspects that were not questioned during the previous investigation, that is to include management at the TRH Trading Corporation-SOURCE: NEW DAWN.

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