Woman, 24, in Custody for Sale, Distribution of Illicit Drugs

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The Monrovia City Court has jailed a 24-year-old woman at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) on charges of unlicensed sale and distribution of controlled drugs.

Defendant Alice Toe, a resident of the Fiamah Sinkor Community, was on September 20 arrested by a team from the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
in New Georgia Estate, Plumkor Community with 73.9grams of heroin with the street value of US$2,450 or L$208,250 and precursors used to process narcotic drugs worth about US$ 8,890 or its equivalent of L$755,650.

The DEA charge sheet indicates that defendant Toe was selling the illicit drugs for her boyfriend, a Nigerian national identified as Jeff Bigi Oyee, who she admitted had rented a room for her in the New Georgia Estate for the smooth transaction of her drugs trade.

The charge sheet further said that the drugs were discovered following an intelligence tip-off of the stash in the bathroom of the defendant concealed in an iron box.

During a police investigation after the defendant was turned over to the police, she admitted being in possession of the illicit drugs, but said she did not know that her boyfriend was involved in illegal drugs trade.

Defendant Alice Toe is awaiting further court trial.

In a related development, the Monrovia City Court has detained four persons on charges of armed robbery, criminal conspiracy and aggravated assault.
Defendants Wesley Kezeli, Mohammed Kamara, Clarke Siabo, and Steven Mason were on September 19, arrested at the ELWA Junction in Paynesville outside Monrovia by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) based upon a complaint filed by one of the victims. Camina Quire, a resident of Paynesville community, alleged that the defendants attacked their residences, while they were asleep.

The Police charge sheet indicates that the defendants, who are residents of Bong County, attacked residents of Paynesville Community and the Robertsfield/Monrovia Highway and made away with personal effects including money.

The Police charge sheet also quotes the victims as saying that their doors were forcibly opened by the four men, who were armed with shotguns, pistols, cutlasses and other deadly weapons.

They said the defendants threatened to kill them (residents) if they did not surrender their valuable properties and money to them.
According to the charge sheet, quoted by the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the defendants beat them with cutlasses, inflicting serious bodily wounds on them to the extent that the victims were rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

During police investigation, defendants Kamara, Mason and Kezeli voluntarily admitted committing the crime and named their accomplices as James Harris, Prince Toe, Ansumana Kaba, Clarke Siabo, John Flomo, and Emmanuel Gray.

The fourth defendant, Siabo, however, denied involvement in the armed robbery, but was linked to the crime by defendant Kamara, the driver of the vehicle they allegedly used for their clandestine (illegal) operations.

The four men are awaiting court trial.

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