The commander of the DEA Bong County detachment Col. Darius Paye has divulged that over the weekend more than three hundred kilograms of marijuana with a street value of L$3m was discovered in the central town of Salala.
Addressing journalists at his DEA office in Gbarnga last Tuesday, Col. Paye said dangerous substances were found in a bush few yards away from the Salala Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization checkpoint, following a tip off.
He said the harmful substance was placed in empty rice bags ready for Monrovia and noted there has not been any suspects in custody.
Col. Paye maintained that while the Government of Liberia is making considerable progress on reducing drug trafficking in the county, youth unemployment remains the most destabilizing force.
The DEA officer indicated that except urgent steps are taken to deal with youth unemployment such a situation would continue to confront the country.
“Drug trafficking is truly undermining government’s effort to fight corruption and the government must first contain the trafficking by promoting youth employment,” Col. Paye said.
He informed journalists such harmful drugs are kept at a DEA warehouse in Gbarnga awaiting to be burned by relevant authorities.
Col. Paye used the occasion to call on Liberians to engage in profitable ventures and avoid farming activities that would violate health and safety laws of Liberia.
Meanwhile, the regional coordinator of a civil society group, George Johnson told the Daily Observer that drug trafficking is undermining the country’s anti-corruption fight and there is the need for more efforts to tackle the situation.
He said Liberia has emerged as a busy route for illicit drugs in recent times as the result of extreme poverty and weak border control.
Johnson said since anti-corruption campaign was launched in 2009 to stamp out corruption at all levels in government, weak laws have made success impossible and therefore appealed to the National Legislature to legislate punitive anti drug laws to make illicit drug trafficking a non-bail able offense.