The Liberia National Police (LNP) has arrested suspected drug peddlers and users during an early morning raid of ghettos in Monrovia and its environs.
An LNP release says about 135 suspected drug addicts were arrested from several communities including Old Road, West Point, Duport Road, SD Cooper Road and the notorious Turtle Base located in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
The release indicated that in the aftermath of Monday’s early hour raid, huge quantities of narcotic substances, with street value over L$500,000, were seized.
The alleged drug addicts are currently detained at LNP headquarters on Capitol Hill where they are to be screened and thoroughly investigated.
Those arrested include 13 females and 122 males.
Police Director Chris Massaquoi has meanwhile indicated that the raid will extend to other parts of the country and called on citizens to assist the police in locating criminal hideouts in their respective communities.
The police will continue to focus on community outreach programs to reduce crime in the country, said Col. Massaquoi.
He said community policing was a key priority of his administration and called on Liberians to support police programs in the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown process.
He emphasized that the LNP will not relent in arresting anyone involved in drug abuse, indicating that “such behavior leads to destruction of lives and properties.”