Police authorities in Monrovia say seventy suspected drug users and dealers have been arrested from ghettos in several communities during a weekend raid. A statement authorized by Police Deputy Chief for Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Lewis Norman, says during the raid, the Liberia National Police or LNP seized several grams of heroin and marijuana with a street value over LD$11, 400.00.
Mr. Norman said during the raid on Saturday, September 20, the suspects were separately arrested in the Battery Factory, Red-light, Twelve Houses Road and the ELWA communities, respectively. The police said the 70 suspects include 12 females and 58 males, who are currently being held at the National Police Headquarters on Capitol Hill, undergoing screening by the Crime Services Department.
“The arrest of these criminals is as a result of “Operation Sweeping Wave” that was recently launched and is intended to raid criminal hideouts in Monrovia and its environs,” a release said. The early morning raid, the statement said, was led by the Deputy Police Director for Operations, Abraham Kromah and his lieutenants.
Police Director Chris Massaquoi, recently warned that the LNP will not relent in arresting anyone who engages in any act that has the propensity to undermine the peace and stability of the country. Mr. Massaquoi has meanwhile, called on the public to give information to the police that will lead to arrest criminals in their respective communities.