Liberia: LDEA Arrests 39 Year-Old Man With Drugs

Bong County — The Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency LDEA Bong County Detachment has arrested a 39 year old man for illegally possessing an undisclosed quantity of narcotic substances.

Suspect Veselee Junior was arrested at the Gbarnga Iron gate check point on Tuesday with the undisclosed quantity of heroin while enroot to Monrovia for marketing.

Some citizens who know suspect Junior have told the LDEA Bong office that he has been engaged in drugs trafficking for a couple of time and his operation has heavily affected lot of youths at the Jackson Village gold mining camp.

Briefing the media following the arrest of suspect Veselee Junior on Tuesday, Bong County DEA Commander Uriah Geela said Junior is among the few suspects who have been arrested since the beginning of 2020.

"We arrested two other suspects about a week ago but through the investigation we conducted, it proved that they were not the major frontrunner of the case but as we speak, they are in our custody until we arrest those who are at the center stage of the case" he explains.

He said from the beginning, suspect Junior denied any wrong doing but later told the LDEA officers that the drugs confiscated belonged to him.

The LDEA Commander also maintained that suspect Junior admitted to being engaged in drugs trafficking for some five years now.

He is currently in the custody of the LDEA and will be charged and send to court shortly according to Commander Geela.

The suspect has since refused to speak with the Press.

Meanwhile, LDEA Bong County Commander Uriah Geela has launched an appeal to the government of Liberia to help empower agents of the LDEA in that part of the country, while calling on locals to provide information on suspected drug traffickers.

According to him, the lack of vehicle and information are the two major challenges facing the fight against drug trafficking in the county.

"We have only one land-cruiser jeep which is not in good condition so we want the government to help us with another vehicle in order to make our job easier," Geela said.

Regarding information, Mr. Geela said effectiveness of the LDEA operations depend on the credible information citizens give them from the community.

"It will be very difficult if a drug suspect is in a particular community and you find people hiding such person. So, if the community members themselves give us the right information, we will be able to arrest anyone who is engaged in drugs business" he concludes.

Our Bong County Correspondent says there are rumors that some citizens in Kpaai District are allegedly making Marijuana farming.

Even though the specific area the alleged farming is taking place has not been named but many people believe that if such continues, it will seriously undermine the workings of the Drugs Enforcement Agency in the area.

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