LDEA Arrests 4 ‘Drug Peddlers’

Suspects, John Mulbah, Abdu Duke, Sunday Echa and Magnus Kollie

The Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) in Kakata, Margibi County, has arrested four persons in connection with illegal drug trafficking, prescription abuse and trading of other harmful substances into the country.

The four persons arrested are John Mulbah, 48; Sunday Echa, 34; Abdu Duke, 60; and Magnus Kollie, 34. The suspects were arrested in Harbel and Kakata City between April 25 and 28, 2017.

The Liberia News Agency quoting a copy of the LDEA charge sheet, said the above named suspects were arrested in the various communities, while reportedly selling the drugs.

Suspect Magnus Kollie was arrested in Kakata when officers of the LDEA received a tipoff.

Suspect Kollie was caught in possession of assorted medical items, which he had attempted administering to an ailing female patient in Kakata.

The three other suspects were arrested with over 200,000 kilograms of marijuana and ‘Italian White’, having the street value of over a half million Liberian dollars.

Meanwhile, LDEA Margibi Commander Ralph O. Gooding is warning residents to refrain from harboring any suspected drug traffickers in the county.

Gooding said a lot of times when they receive tip offs about drug traffickers, they are often obstructed by residents which caused the suspects to escape arrest.

He further warned that anyone caught harboring suspected drug peddlers will be arrested and equally charged as the suspect and forwarded to court for prosecution, in keeping with the laws of Liberia.

In line with that, LDEA has charged all four suspects and forwarded them to the kakata Magisterial Court for prosecution.



  1. Oh Liberia, where have we gone wrong? Poverty is destroying our country. Because of unemployment, some of our men have become drug dealers. Because of unemployment, some of our young girls have turned to prostitution just to earn a living. Because of greed, some of our government officials have made corruption the most popular word in Liberia. Because of low salary, some teachers are selling grades for sex. Because of unemployment, many young children are panhandling (begging) just to support their unemployed parents. Just to assists their unemployed parents, some young children are in the streets selling all sorts of goods instead of going to school.

    Unemployment has skyrocketed in Liberia. Poverty is the new disease killing poor Liberians. No wonder our jails are running over with criminals. When will our leaders take the time to analyze the reasons for all these social problems that are destroying the fabric of our nation? Who are we putting in jail? Our jail houses are overcrowded with the poor, overcrowded with the unemployed, overcrowded with the venerable, overcrowded with the homeless, overcrowded with the prostitutes, overcrowded with the panhandlers, overcrowded with the drug dealers, and overcrowded with various criminals.

    As long as Liberia neglects its poor and vulnerable people, the lawlessness will continue to rise. Our leaders need to implement social programs to address the multitude of problems that are causing our people to look for illegal means to survive. The lack of jobs and social programs in many African countries to address severe poverty are causing too many Africans to risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.

    As long as poverty continues to rise in Liberia there will be more crimes committed. The poor will always find means to survive…be it legal or illegal. We need to address the root cause of these problems: POVERTY AND HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT!!!

    As Benjamin Franklin said, “Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.”
    Disclaimer: In no way do I support criminal behavior.

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