The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is expected to open a new sub-office at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) very soon, the agency has said.
The DEA has gained substantial ground at the RIA, Lower Margibi County, in terms of an appreciable office space befitting the entity’s scope of operations that is deemed nationally and internationally crucial in the face of the proliferation of drug trafficking and abuse in the society.
It may be recalled that during a recent visit to Liberia by the U.S. Under Secretary of State, a cheque of US$10,000 was presented to the Agency to be used for renovating a decent office space for its agents at the RIA.
With the renovated office now available, DEA agents at the airport will have their own premises, unlike before when those assigned there would operate in the open.
Ahead of the pending dedicatory ceremony, office furniture and equipment including computers, desks, chairs and other items were donated to the Agency by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC). UNODC is working in conjunction with the International Narcotics Law Enforcement (INL) to build the DEA’s capacity.
UNODC representative Yilaa Wloti Se said the donations were a practical indication of the partnership between DEA and UNODC in their mutual fight against dangerous narcotics drugs. He promised UNODC’s willingness to embrace efforts being made by the DEA to ensure that the fight against dangerous narcotics drugs produce good results.
DEA Director General Anthony K. Souh, who received the donations, expressed gratitude that the dream of his administration to establish firm roots in all strategic ports of entry in the country is becoming a reality.
Souh said the enthusiasm of his administration has begun to grow deeper and deeper given the recognition and backing from the international community, particularly the United States Government.
“When the governments of Liberia, the United States, and the UN, among other stakeholders, are on our side, why should we fear?” he cheerfully asked.
According to him, the DEA remains committed to its mandate, and as such, will make the difference.
“Our being at the RIA is a matter of law as well as well as the request of the UNODC assessment report on Liberia,” said Mr. Souh.
He went on to commend the management of the RIA for making the office space available and noted that a formal dedication of the new DEA office is expected soon.