Senior Police Officer Charged for Smuggling L$318,000 Marijuana

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Another senior officer of the Liberia National Police (LNP) has been sent  to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution, following his alleged involvement in smuggling two bags of marijuana weighing 53kg and valued at L$318,000.

Superintendent William D. Davies has been charged with “Unlawful Possession of Narcotic Drugs,” court records show.

He denied the claim when he was first arraigned before the court.

He was charged along with two other individuals, Sam Roberts, a taxi driver, in whose vehicle the alleged stash of marijuana was intercepted, and another man identified as Ishmael Sesay.

They were arrested on November 21 at the VAMOMA check point in Monrovia enroute to Bong County, after a vehicle bearing TX- plate# 8676, in which they were riding was intercepted by officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and those of the Police Patrol Unit, according to police authorities.

Court documents also showed that Col. Johnny Deed, who was the most senior officer on the scene, ordered the search of the taxi.

 It was during the process, he further alleged, that the substances were discovered in the trunk of the vehicle.

Despite denying the allegation, Police said, their investigation established that Davies failed to convince them regarding his innocence in the matter.

They also claimed that Supt. Davies was the very person who hired the vehicle to take him from Waterside, in Monrovia to Bong County.

Based on that, the police investigation concluded that he was knowledgeable about the drugs and as such, they decided to charge him and his alleged accomplices with Unlawful Possession of Narcotic Drugs, which is in violation of 41.23 of the Public Health Law of Liberia.

Davies’ arrest brings to two the number of senior police officers recently charged in connection with drug trafficking.

Col. Perry Dolo, who was commander of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s motorcade, was arrested in Grand Cape Mount County and tried, convicted and sentenced to prison for ferrying 297 kg of drugs.

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