By Patrick C. M. Kollie
As part of this year’s World Drug Day celebration, officers of the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) Margibi County Detachment on Tuesday, June 26, burnt huge quantities of narcotic substances worth over L$1.6 million in street value.
Amos Mentor Yormie, LDEA Margibi Commander, said officers of the agency confiscated the illegal substances during the periods from June 26, 2017, to June 26, 2018.
Yormie said during the periods under review, the agency arrested 260 kilograms plus 513 raps of Heroine, including 255 kilograms and 320 raps of home-grown marijuana.
Other illegal substances confiscated, according to him, also included egg nuts and “boney dust” (all mixture of marijuana substances).
Yormie then put the total street value of the narcotic substances at L$1,695,550.
He acknowledged that during the agency’s operation in the county, about 22 suspects (14 males and eight females) with ages ranging from 18-51 years, were arrested and sent to court for prosecution.
He said though the LDEA sent to court all 22 suspects, they were later released by the court after they reportedly filed bonds.
Prior to the burning exercises yesterday, the illegal substances were put on public display to the extent that some of those who witnessed the burning exercise were allowed to photograph the items before the burning operation. The burning of the substances was held in the Gborfellah community on the Kakata– Gbarnga highway where environmental specialists ensured did not contain human activities.
Kakata City Solicitor Randall C. Saul lauded the LDEA officers for being resilient in fighting drugs abuse that has engulfed the entire country.
Saul admitted that the judiciary was finding it difficult, if not impossible, to prosecute drug suspects, “because of the lack of financial support to the LDEA to further pursue drugs-related cases brought before the court.”
He said in many of the drugs cases that are brought before the court, suspects are released on bail.
Saul then warned residents to remain free from illegal drugs-related substances, especially traffickers and end users.
The World Drugs Day is being conventionally celebrated around the world on June 26 each year, with Liberia playing a key role in combating drug traffickers, smugglers and users.