Now that the National Legislature has demonstrated significant progress in the passage of the Anti-Drug Law, the Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Anthony Souh, has acknowledged that the fight against narcotics and other harmful substances has become legal and enforceable.
Expressing his delight with the passage of the Anti-Drug Law at an occasion commemorating International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26 at the William V.S. Tubman High School, Mr. Souh said, “Today, we are extremely glad to inform you that the much desired or expected laws on drug have been passed by the Legislature. We are glad that a legal instrument has been carved to deal with the situation like in other countries.”
Furthermore, Mr. Souh indicated, “We are glad that laws that will narrow the existence of drug trafficking and make the society safer and healthier have been passed.”
According to the DEA Director, the Drug Enforcement Agency considers the development a “Dream come true,” noting that in the absence of a decisive legal weapon, no society can fight and defeat drug culture.
He also indicated that the narcotics trade remains the worst enemy of any given place in the world, a breeding ground of so many crimes which are detrimental to human survival, and that the fight against it amounts to the fight against assorted crimes.
In this regard, Mr. Souh stressed, “It takes strong legal weapon to overcome the fight.”
He asserted that as the law has spoken, everyone is obliged to comply with every term expressed therein, noting, “Compliance means breaking partnership with drug traffickers; exposing drug users, and protecting the law that it may be able to protect us all.”
Commending the National Legislature and the Executive on the passage of the law, the DEA boss said, “We believe that passage of the anti-drug law has carved a good image of our nation, which has been vulnerable for so long. The law is certainly the shield and garment for the entire nation, and as nation and people, we should ensure that the law sees its intended purpose.
“Let’s firmly hold our victory and our legal rod and chase out drugs from our land. Let me acknowledge the efforts our partners in the premier achievement. The battle has begun and we will count on them to help us in the fight, and will need more logistics and required drug fighting materials in the fight,” Mr. Souh said.
Giving the keynote address during the occasion, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor expressed delight that after some attempts to rid the nation of the menace of drugs, the National Legislature has finally amended and passed the new provisions.
Senator Taylor said, “These new provisions finally institute a framework which provides offenses, penalties, and punishment for illegal drug use, sale and trafficking.”
The Bong County Senator pledged Government’s commitment to allotting the required funds, equipment and personnel that will make the Drug Enforcement Agency and other related Security Agencies fully functional in order to implement a more robust plan of action which will drastically reduce the alarming rate of drug use, abuse and trafficking.
Meanwhile, at the end of the observance of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, some quantities of drugs were publicly burnt.
The drugs were previously arrested from traffickers and stored to be burnt on this day as is customarily done almost every year.
Narcotics disposed of included 724.71kg marijuana worth US$89,523, heroin in the amount of 743.685 gram with an estimated worth of US$223,105 and 208 grams of Cocaine valued at US$104,000.