Links foreign nationals to the trade
Authorities of Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) said it has arrested several individuals in Monrovia at different locations with a variety of illegal substances, including home-grown marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. The exercise, LDEA director-general Marcus Soko said, is part of efforts the agency has instituted to restrict importation of illicit drugs.
At a news conference on Monday, August 27, 2018, Soko said that two suspects, Sahr David Sessie and Abu Kamara, both Sierra Leoneans residing in the Caldwell Community, outside Monrovia, were apprehended on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the home of one Solomon Freeman, a Nigerian, and Robertson B. Bai, alias Bone, a Liberian national, in the Point Four Community on Bushrod Island.
LDEA agents reportedly caught the four suspects red-handed with a huge quantity of the illegal substances. The agency puts the street value at over L$6,450,000.
“Those individuals have been charged for being in possession of illegal substances and forwarded to court for prosecution,” Soko said.
As for the two Sierra Leoneans, Mr. Soko informed journalists that they were arrested with two kilograms of home-grown marijuana valued at over US$300 or its equivalent of L$45,000.
Soko said based upon the entity’s investigation, both suspects have been charged for “unlicensed possession and sale of harmful drugs and substances as defined in section 14.107 of Liberia’s penal law.”
The two Sierra Leoneans were accordingly arrested by an elite team of LDEA agents commanded by Abdullah Kromah in West Point Community.
Soko said during a thorough search conducted on suspect Bai, “our agents seized 51 carefully wrapped packages of heroin, which weighed about 20.0 grams and had a street value of between US$102 and US$200 or its equivalent of L$15,300, and 1.1 grams of cocaine, with a street value of US$44 or its equivalent of L$6,600.
“We also have a Nigerian national, Solomon Freeman, a notorious drug dealer in the Point Four community. He was also arrested with 58.4 grams of heroin,” Mr. Soko said.
Mr. Soko put Freeman’s drug value at US$21,500 and L$3,225,000.
“Our fight against drug abuse and trafficking will remain strong, because we are committed to penalizing anyone in accordance with the penal law of Liberia,” Soko said.
He added, “We would like to reassure you that the process of informing the public about what we do will not stop, in as much as those criminal-minded people continue to disturb the peace of ordinary people.”
Soko used the occasion to call on all Liberians and foreign residents to report any information regarding illegal drug activities within the territorial confines of the country as the LDEA will do its utmost in bringing perpetrators to justice.