Mr. Johnson Paul, a Nigerian accused of entering the county with 795 kilo grams of heroin valued as US$23,250 last Thursday, January 16, appeared at the Monrovia City Court, at the Temple of Justice.
Defendant Paul was said to have swallowed the drug in Pakistan with the intention of smuggling it into this country, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
He was charged with ‘unlawful possession and distribution of illegal substances and drug trafficking.
It is not clear whether the defendant was released on Thursday or remanded to the Monrovia Central Prison, where he has been detained since his arrest on January 11 of this year. The crimes are bailable under our Law.
Though, the status of his case is unknown, he was seen sitting on the prisoners’ bench in the courtroom, along with other accused; he was apparently waiting for his lawyer to secure a bail bond for his release.
His arrest had been effected by the DEA on January 11, around 4:10P.M at the RIA.
Mr. Paul is charged in violation of Section 41.23, of the Public Health Law of Liberia.
During preliminary investigation, it was established that defendant Paul was contacted by cell-number #+923065908794, belonging to one John Okarfor in Pakistan. His assignment was to secure the substance and bring it to Liberia, this paper was told.
The DEA said that it was Okarfor who instructed defendant Paul to deliver the heroine to another Nigerian, identified as “50-50” who resides in Liberia.
Upon Paul’s arrival in Liberia, “50-50” was to immediately contact cell number #0880531354.