Liberia: SONIT Distances Itself from Cocaine Saga
....Says the company has been out of business for the last two years
SONIT Liberia, the frozen food company in Topoe Village in whose facility the huge consignment of cocaine was confiscated recently has issued a disclaimer over its involvement in the drug saga.
In a statement issued by ‘SONIT Liberia INC.’, CEO Hassan Saadé, the company ceased operations in Liberia two years ago and no longer carries out any business activity in Liberia.
“This is to inform you that SONIT Liberia Inc. has ceased its operations for the past two years and no longer carries out any business activity in Monrovia/Liberia, Consequently, our offices in Monrovia have been closed since 2021 and our cold stores located in Monrovia have been rented out from the 1st day of October 2021 to TRH TRADING CORPORATION,” the Saadé said.
Speaking further, he said he is disappointed that the integrity of his business is being mentioned in the saga and expressed hopes that the statement issued will bring to an end speculation about their involvement.
“We sincerely hope that this statement will put to rest the motivated, malicious,s and false propaganda being run against SONIA Liberia,” Saadé said.
The Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Security Agency over the weekend received a tip-off from the US Embassy in Monrovia regarding a reported US$100 million worth of cocaine placed in a container bound for Monrovia.
Following the tip-off, the impounding of the drug and subsequent arrest of a major suspect was done by the LDEA
At about 1:00 PM, officers of the Drug Enforcement Agency stormed the SONIT Liberia Inc. compound and seized from there a huge quantity of raw cocaine concealed among frozen goods owned by SONIT Inc.
SONIT Incorporated is a frozen food Company located in Topo Village along the Japanese Free Way.
The rental agreement between SONIA Liberia, infrastructure and equipment located in the Topoe Village community, and TRH Corporation includes; a landscape covering an area of 5.5 Acre with fence and electric cables for electricity, a Hanger Containing three (3) cold rooms that can store up to 2,700 tons of frozen food, Cold equipment, Compressors and installations which require the operation of cold rooms, two generator sets with cowling, with making 550KVA and another second 33 KVA with its fuel storage tank, including a Building serving as an apartment and administrative office fully furnished and equipped in a document seen by this Paper.
The agreement also showed that an amount of US$ $22,500.00, payable in quarter advance, was agreed as rental fees.