By Franklin N. Kwenah
The Police Support Unit (PSU) in alliance with the Emergency Respond Unit (ERU) has arrested twenty persons for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking in Bong and Nimba counties.
The estimated cost of the drugs is over L$400,000.
They were arrested with huge quantities of drugs that included Italian white, tramadol, and marijuana, among others.
The arrest of the twenty individuals came as a result of an operation launched by the police, as part of efforts in battling criminal activities in Bong and Nimba counties.
Places the police raided included the Gbarnga-Ganta Highway, the Barworlor Quarter Community, and the File East Community in Gbarnga and several other places in Ganta, Nimba County.
Among those arrested are two Nigerian nationals. They were nabbed in Ganta, Nimba County, and a Guinean national was arrested in Bong County.
Speaking to a team of journalists after the arrest, the Commissioner for Operations of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Micky Gray stated that the arrest was important, in order to save the two counties from criminal activities and harmful substances.
Commissioner Gray said they earlier deployed men in the field to monitor the activities of those that were arrested before starting the raid. He said some of those arrested are alleged perpetrators of crimes that the police have been trying to arrest and prosecute in a court of law. Their charges include armed robbery, with some of the armed robbers said to have escaped from Monrovia.
Commissioner Gray has pledged the Liberia National Police’s commitment in raiding areas of criminals that are involved in illegal drugs activities, to minimize criminal movement in Bong and Nimba counties.
The Regional Police Commander for Bong, Lofa and Nimba counties Morris Teemah and Bong County Police Superintendent Fredrick D. Naypay said the operation will not only be done in Gbarnga alone, explaining that plans are underway to reach other parts of the county.
The two senior officers called on residents of the two counties not to panic about the situation because the officers will remain in various communities, to ensure that criminal activities are minimized. Those arrested are currently in police custody.