The Administration of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has, with immediate effect, dismissed four officers, charging them with protracted absence without leave (AWOL), among other irregularities, which
contravene the Code of Conduct of the institution and Civil Service Regulations.
The officers, according to the separate letters of dismissal, violated sections 4.1, 4.4, 5.1 and 5.2 respectively as enshrined in the Code of Conduct of the Agency as well as the Civil Service Standing Order on Chapter 4, Section E, which calls for warnings and subsequent dismissal.
The four officers affected the DEA administration action are agents Sylvester F. Williams, Jacob W. Dehmue, Swen D. Sleapo, and Prince Bestman.
In separate letters of dismissal, the officers are asked to turn in to the Human Resource Department all government properties in their possession.
Meanwhile, DEA Director General, Anthony K. Souh, has reiterated warnings to all employees of the agency to develop the habit of serving their native land with a deep sense of patriotism and nationalism, especially
at a time when the country is struggling to repel the deadly Ebola virus which has engulfed every sector of the land.
According to Director General Souh, the entity seriously intends to deter any act incompatible with its Code of Conduct misapplied by any officer that tends to undermine the growth and development of the institution at this critical time when dangerous drugs have become another deadly enemy of the land.
Director Souh said no amount of negative reportage in the media will deter his administration from implementing what is good for the general society and where the agency could raid the country of illicit drugs.
He said DEA will continue to destroy all illegal routes designed by detractors of the institution.
He told reporters that the action of the institution against the four officers should not be construed as a
witch hunt; rather as an act aimed at protecting the integrity of the institution and Liberia.
He has therefore challenged DEA agents to be more vigorous and forceful in driving the entity to the point where its strength will overcome the continual habit of drug trafficking against the future of the society.