The maxim: “99 days for rogue, and one day for the master,” manifested itself over the weekend when the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in collaboration with other Joint security officers at the Liberia/Sierra Leone border in Tienne, Grand Cape Mount County, busted a new drug cartel. The joint security team allegedly arrested the presidential motorcade commander with huge quantity of “compressed marijuana.”
Marijuana (contra band in Liberia) is the dried leaves and flowing tops of pistsillate hemp plant that yields THC (toxic isomers) and is smoked in cigarettes for their intoxicating effect.
According to security sources, the marijuana cache, which was compressed and secretly placed at the back seat of one of the vehicles used in the presidential motorcade of the President of Liberia, was intercepted and subsequently apprehended at Tienne, Grand Cape Mount County near the Liberia/Sierra Leone border.
The police commander assigned to the presidential escort convoy at the Executive Mansion, Perry Dolo, is being held in connection with the importation of the drugs via the presidential motorcade from Sierra Leone to Liberia.
Also arrested with Commander Dolo are one Sierra Leonean military personnel, a Guinean national and another Liberian.
DEA Director Anthony K. Souh told the Daily Observer Sunday, November 10, via mobile phone that an investigation was on going. No charge has yet been made against the accused, Presidential Motorcade Commander Dolo and his alleged cohorts.
According to Director Souh, Commander Dolo had constantly used one of the presidential escort vehicles, marked “Presidential Escort” to reportedly import illegal drugs from Sierra Leone into Liberia.
However, our sources at the Tienne border informed this paper that the accused security officer has been in the constant habit of allegedly committing the act by bull-dozing his way through the Liberia/Sierra Leonean border, under the pretext of official assignment using a presidential escort vehicle.
As it is often said, all the days are not equal, so it was over at the weekend, when a local resident only identified as Minneh mobilized other members of the Joint Security; set up Commander Dolo, and apprehended him when he reportedly returned with his cache (supply) of the marijuana on the presidential vehicle to Liberia.
“The arrest of suspect Dolo was done in collaboration with Tienne community members, who were upset that a presidential motorcade commander could use a presidential escort vehicle to engage in this kind of criminal activity,” the DEA has observed.
Dolo’s act, the DEA said, could clearly embarrass President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, because since her ascendency to power about eight years ago, she has been against the illegal entry of contra-bands and other harmful drugs into the country.
Meanwhile, Commander Dolo and his three accomplices have not yet been charged, but are helping the security with the investigation.
The Drug Enforcement Agency
The DEA is an agency in the Government of Liberia charged with fighting drug-related crimes. Before its creation, fighting drug crimes was a responsibility of the Ministry of Defense.
The DEA is charged with fighting drug trafficking at the country's borders, arresting traffickers and dealers, and destroying illegal drugs. According to DEA boss Anthony K. Souh, the agency nevertheless suffers from substantial internal strife such like the lack of legislation to give to better teeth to bite.