Joint security forces in Ganta, Nimba County have arrested two men with 1,000 single barrel shorts.
The two suspects were arrested at the Ganta checkpoint enroute to Monrovia onboard a National Transit Authority bus.
The joint security in Ganta has identified the suspects as Smith Gwoneme, 35, and Sackor Swean, 32. They are being interrogated by police in Nimba County.
The NewDawn correspondent in Nimba said the arrest brings to two such incidents in less than a week. Recently, joint securities at the same checkpoint arrested a 28-year-old woman, Madam Makonie Dolley with 13 cartoons of single barrel shots value at US$3,250.00.
Some of the suspects told this paper that they bought ammunition from neighboring Guinea for sale in Liberia. The NewDawn correspondent, who toured various crossing points in the county, said some of the borders on the Liberian side have been reopened with people from Guinea and Ivory Coast entering Liberia, and Liberians crossing into the two countries.
He named the Toe border in Yekepa and the Luogatou border as two major crossing points in the County. Officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization requested LD$500. While touring the borders, our correspondent saw people coming from Ivory Coast into Liberia. “My brother, this is Liberia; we as security are underpaid; we need to do our own”, an Immigration officer
When asked what he meant, the BIN officers said their bosses in Monrovia know about this kind of operation. Some custom officers at the Toe border in Yekepa told our correspondent after he saw two trucks entering from Guinea, “My friend, we were told by our bosses in Monrovia thru the Ministry of Justice that we should work on the two trucks from Guinea.”
When contracted, BIN spokesperson, Abraham Dolley confirmed that the Justice Ministry was aware of the trucks entering Liberia. Since President Sirleaf ordered the closure of borders across the country, the mandate is not being observed in Nimba County.
Recently, joint securities in Ganta arrested two buses from Monrovia with 30 persons heading for Guinea. The buses were subsequently turned over to police. This paper gathered that they later crossed into Guinea through the Toe border.