L$600,000 Worth of Marijuana ‘Found’ in ELWA Community


    The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has found L$600,000 worth of marijuana buried in the ELWA Community, outside Monrovia.
    Speaking at a press conference Saturday, April 19, at the offices of the DEA, the Director, Mr. Anthony Souh, said they have yet to find and detain a suspect.
    According to the DEA Director, they were informed on Saturday morning by some of their agents that a huge quantity of marijuana was said to be in the Red-light area.
    “I immediately informed my officers to carry out the search for the drugs. They were told to scout the community. By then, the substance had been moved to another location.”
    “The search continued to the ELWA area where the substance had been buried by the individual(s) carrying it; the officers immediately began digging around the suspected location and retrieved five bags of the banned substance,” he narrated.
    Director Souh further stated that they had not yet linked any suspect(s) to it. However, they were doing everything possible to make an arrest and turnover to the justice system, anyone caught in their dragnet.
    According to him, the fight against this illegal substance in Liberia is difficult as many counties including Montserrado, Bong, Margibi, and Nimba counties, are growing the contraband.
    “We are seriously fighting the drug in this country; last year we destroyed four farms with huge amounts of marijuana; we burned those farms.”   
    The DEA Director stressed that many people were in the habit of doing drug business and destroying the lives of young people.
    The Director also used the occasion to call on the National Legislature to help pass a new drug law that would prescribe tough measures for drug users and suppliers.
    According to Director Souh, many were taking advantage of the lapses in the country’s drug law to make money, in the process, destroy some of the nation’s future leaders.
    He explained that even though the law is weak, they were still doing all they can to arrest and forward to court those caught with illegal drugs.
    According to him, as evidenced by their hard work, is the recent guilty verdict that was rendered against the Ugandan lady, who brought into the country heroin worth a little over US$30,000.
    Shirat Nelwadda, 24, was sentenced to four-year imprisonment.


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