Police Arrest 20 for Illicit Drugs in Bong, Nimba


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.


  1. Congratulations, LNP. Perhaps, we’re among few countries who ignore suggestions of professionals. Few of ours had said before that establishing DEA in a poor Liberia not a major drug transhipment hub, wasn’t only overlapping of functions with LNP, but also a waste of scarce resources.

    Frankly, the DEA should be a plainclothes division of LNP. What required is a NBI headed by a committed person with proven investigative skills, for example, Counselor Faate Kiawu, to handle homicides and other major crimes against persons and properties.

    This would allow NSA focus on fereting out spies and terrorists’ cells; giving LNP opportunity to effectively control Monrovia’s traffic congestions, and, most importantly, increase vigilant nighttime vehicular and foot patrols. Granted that poverty pushes many to crime, the police must perform its core duties: Protect lives and properties, prevent crimes, detect crimes, arrest and help prosecute offenders.

    If something is broken, you fix or replace it; otherwise, be prepared to waste money, time, and energy for substandard performance. In a nutshell, that’s the sad, yet strange story of Liberia. Everybody knows about the problems, some know the solutions, but the political will to implement them, inexplicably, is lacking.

  2. The twenty arrested drug pushers as well as the NOCAL 18 are not above the law. In reality, the two groups of lawbreakers must be dealt with equally. But the clumsiest of things is happening. One group of lawbreakers, the NOCAL 18, are not under arrest neither are they in the custody of law enforcement. In comparison to the 20 drug pushers, the total amount of money embezzled by the 18 NOCAL group is more. To make matters worst, reports circulate on the grapevine that some of the NOCAL lawbreakers have departed the country already.
    No one is above the law neither is anyone below it. If the NOCAL 18 refuse to defray the government of Liberia or God forbid, if some of them have departed Liberia, it will be fair to say that “some” people are above the law. It shouldn’t be though.

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