In commemoration of the International Day against Illicit Trafficking of Drugs and other Substances, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Grand Bassa detachment on 26th June 2014 destroyed over 200 kilograms of drugs, including other substances and medical substances on an open field in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The officer in charge of DEA activities in Bassa, Maj. Joseph Tangedione said among the destroyed drugs included at least 135 grams of heroin, Italian white, cocaine and well as some counterfeit United States Dollar bank notes.
DEA Tangedione said the acts that created the DEA gave it all right to monitor all illicit drugs including pharmaceutical drug because some pharmaceutical drugs were made of narcotic products and can be misused.
“We have the power to arrest anyone who does not have the power to sell any pharmaceutical drug that contains narcotic,” he added.
He disclosed that following several raids that they have carried out in Bassa, there are at least 26 drug cases pending at the court in Bassa.
DEA Tangedione, “Most of the cases are still pending at the magisterial court along with some of the drugs still in the possession of the court as evidence.”
Buchanan is one of the busiest port cities in Liberia where concessional companies including logging, mining and among other companies are based.
But it appears like most of the cannabis/marijuana arrested was brought from other counties closed to Bassa.
“As far as concern, we have not discovered any marijuana being cultivated in Bassa, nearly all the perpetrators we been arresting said they brought them in from Bong and Nimba Counties,” he inserted.
The drug burning exercise was witnessed by the local officials of Bassa including all security apparatus as well as UNMIL and the City Mayor of Buchanan City Ret. Gen. Julia K. Bono.
“The DEA had brought boost to our security in Buchanan today by burning these drugs today because the criminals used these substances to carried criminal activities around here,” she said.
Meanwhile, she urged all parents and citizens to advise their children or relatives from using these substances.