In Presidential Convoy Chief Drug Case, DEA Admits Burning Seized Drugs, Evidence

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Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) chief of investigation, who testified on Wednesday, alleged that nine of the 10 bags of marijuana held as evidence were destroyed by the agency.

The drug was allegedly seized from the former commander of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s convoy, in Grand Cape Mount County.

Col. Augustine Doe further testified that they had delivered the balance one bag to the Magisterial Court in Grand Cape Mount County.

The 10 bags, according to the DEA, weighed 315 kilograms and valued at L$330,750,000.    

DEA is an institution that is responsible to enforce the country’s drug laws, as well as, consolidate and coordinate the government’s drug control activities.

Testifying as prosecutors’ fourth witness, Doe told the court that pieces of evidence relating to Perry Dolo being involved with the drugs were destroyed.

Dolo pleaded not guilty when charges were read to him; he was subsequently denied bail.

Defending their action, Doe said the reason was that they feared the marijuana would have gone missing in the process.

“We submitted the nine bags marijuana for destruction, after we have documented and photographed them, because we never wanted them to go missing,” Doe further alleged.

The state’s key witness added that the  “United Nations Commission on Drug , the Liberia National Police (LNP), the DEA and state holders  were all part of the public burning exercise of the drugs.”

Doe’s testimony came in a trial involving Perry Dolo, a former presidential convoy chief, who is charged alone with four other defendants with unlawful possession of narcotic drug and criminal facilitation by the Grand Jury for Grand Cape Mount County.

The prosecutors witness said, though the defendants were not represented by a counsel during their investigation, they admitted about their involvement in the commission of the crime.

Defendant Perry T. Dolo, together with four other persons; Sekou Rogers, Augustine Saah, Cyrus Slewion and Mohammed Bah, were  arrested on November 9, 2013,  at a joint security check point in Teini, Grand Cape Mount County, in a plan to smuggle the  drugs into Liberia   from Sierra Leone.

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