A 145Kg consignment of marijuana was discovered Sunday, January 5, in a vehicle with license plate number NG-2143. The vehicle is owned by a police officer of the Police Support Unit (PSU).
According to the Inspector-General of the Liberia National Police, Col. Clarence Chris Massaquoi, a team of highway patrol officers, headed by patrolman Jallah M. Japolo, intercepted a black Nissan X-Terra owned by Officer Sawon S. Doe ID#: 0699.
At a press conference held by Director Massaquoi, it was explained that two unidentified occupants stepped down from the vehicle and were searched.
During the search, marijuana with an estimated weight of 145Kg and valued at LD$966,000, was found.
Director Massaquoi promised a reward to the vigilant police officers who made the drug-bust.
“As part of our crack-down on drug trafficking, the LNP is gratified to inform the public that we have arrested PSU officer Sawon S. Doe.”
Mr. Doe was immediately dismissed from the LNP and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). He will be investigated and prosecuted.
Director Massaquoi said that there are ‘bad apples’ promoting corruption, and that many of them were officers within the LNP. He expressed his commitment to the enforcement of the law and maintenance of order as head of the LNP.
He apologized to the Liberian people for the ongoing situation in the security sector, describing it as a blow to the community and an act undermining the police’s trust in the rebuilding process of the country.
Receiving the consignment of marijuana confiscated by the LNP, the Director of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Col. Anthony Souh, expressed gratitude to the (LNP) and Director Massaquoi for being vigilant in dealing with drug-trafficking in the country.
Mr. Souh said, “This is the kind of professionalism that has been lacking within the security sector; I want to assure the people of Liberia and the national police force of our cooperation in ensuring maximum results from our operations.”
He described the effort of the (LNP) as timely and efficient. He praised the Director for arresting a uniformed officer with drugs, adding that no one is exempted from ongoing drug investigations.
“We will go after security officers and civilians; we will do whatever it takes.” If a cat is able to devour its own, then we will go after our own (if necessary) when the time comes.”