New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: Taylor's Relative, Others in Drug Deal

Shortly after their case was dismissed yesterday, 11 persons, including four girls suspected of being in possession of harmful drugs told reporters that they were wrongly arrested by agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

The Monrovia City Court dismissed the case, saying arresting officers failed to charge the suspects.

Miss Edina Wilson, former president Charles Taylor's foster daughter and 10 others were then handed over to agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) which seeks to charge the suspects with drug offences.

Miss Wilson, also a player of Lone Star female national basketball team, said they were wrongly arrested by the Drug Enforcement Agency Director for Operation Albert Chelly and his men for drug.

The DEA recently vowed to uproot criminals especially drug dealers and users. The 11 suspects were arrested Monday for being in "unlawful possession and sale of narcotic drug."

Miss Wilson was once flogged by the ex-Liberian leader at the JJ Roberts United Methodist School campus for not performing well in her academic pursuit. She claimed that the DEA director's action on her and accomplices was stage managed.

"I know director Albert Chelly personally and he knows me. I'm totally surprised by his action. I'm not a drug user or a dealer. His action really beat my imagination," she pointed out.

The Liberian female basketball star maintains her innocence of the crime, saying the DEA director's action was "only intended to tannish my reputation."

Deputy Director Chelly could not be reached for comments as he could not answer to his phone. But his field officers said the suspects' comments were "no surprise especially where they were caught with unlawful possession and sale of narcotic drug.

"We can't say much now because our evidence against them is overwhelming and only the court can decide whether they were arrested wrongly," the DEA officers pointed stressed.

Meanwhile the Monrovia City Court refused to take custody of the 11 suspects on grounds of DEA's failure to provisionally charge the accused.

"The Court is not going around looking for cases. Government agencies that have problem with people should either charge or issue writs in keeping with law," he pointed out.

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