Barely two weeks after authorities of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) destroyed huge quantities of illegal substances including narcotics in Monrovia, the agency on July 19 arrested two persons traveling to Monrovia in possession of illicit drugs, identified as cocaine.
The LDEA identified the two suspects as Peter Adunka, 29, a Nigerian, and Roland Harmond, 23, a Liberian.
The agency said suspect Adunka was arrested in Buutuo Town, near the Liberian/Ivorian border on July 17, in possession of eight parcels of cocaine, while suspect Harmond was on July 18 arrested at the Ganta checkpoint reportedly in possession of two tubes of cocaine with an estimated street value of US$875. The two alleged drug traffickers have been investigated and subsequently charged with possession of illicit drugs, and forwarded to court for trial.
In a related development, the LDEA on June7, destroyed a huge quantity of narcotic drugs worth about L$7 million.
Among the drugs, LDEA agents discovered 1000kg of homegrown marijuana, with an estimated street value of L$7.5 million, 56kg of cocaine, worth US$1,960, and 4kg of heroin, worth US$4,000.
During the destruction of these substances, LDEA Nimba County Commander Julius C. Kanubah said “those allegedly involved in the perpetration of such crimes have been duly arrested, prosecuted and penalized in keeping with the law.”
He named some of the perpetrators as Chidi Obi and Sam Eze, all Nigerians, whose cases are pending before the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie, Nimba County. He added that all the narcotic substances were arrested at various checkpoints and communities in the county.
Meanwhile, residents expressed great satisfaction with the LDEA for the decision to destroy the illicit drugs.
Wender Massaquoi, Cub Reporter, contributed to this story