A 39 year old man and a father of nine children was on yesterday arrested with a large quantity of marijuana by officers of Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) at the police checkpoint near Ganta, Nimba County.
The suspect, Philip Kankeh, was en-route with the substance from Saclepea, a centrally located town in the county.
The DEA Nimba County Commander, Col. Julia Kanubah put the street value of the marijuana to LD15, 000 which weighed about 5kg.
He said the man was picked up during security search when the suspect arrived at the checkpoint.
According to the DEA, the accused admitted being in possession of the substance, claiming that he bought it from a resident in Bong County, who he said was taking it to Guinea for sale.
The DEA quoted the suspect as saying, “I (have) been involved in the business of marijuana to Guinea, but this is my second trip.”
In another development, DEA will this week hold a town hall meeting with stakeholders in Nimba.
The purpose the meeting, the DEA said, is to explain the new penal law which prohibits being in possession of narcotic substances or any other contrabands.