Liberia’s Drugs Enforcement Agency or DEA says it has arrested six Nigerians in possession of 1.528 grams of cocaine and heroin. The DEA told reporters on Thursday, 6 April that the suspects were engaged in selling of dangerous narcotic substances here.
The arrested Nigerians include 29 year – old Sunday Moses from the Redlight Community; 30 year – old IkoNso; 28 year -old UzaaKamara and 37 year – old Victor Kamara, all from Caldwell. The other suspects include 35 year – old Prince Ken and 26 year – old Anthony Enechi from the Paynesville Community.
DEA’s Chief of Operation Mr. JohntorWolo told reporters at the agency’s office in Fiamah, Sinkor that his officers carried out the arrest after being hinted by a whistleblower on the suspects’ alleged activities here.
“Today we embarked on a special operation that was successful…”,Officer Wolo said, adding that the arrested Nigerian nationals were involved in the sales and distribution of narcotic drugs here.
He told reporters that the impounded drugs would be kept in DEA custody until the month of June to be destroyed during celebrations of International Drugs Day. He has assured the public that in the next 24 hours, each of the arrested Nigerians would appear at various courts here.
“This arrest here today is a clear indication of the work that the DEA is doing in making sure that the society is free from these kinds of people”, Officer Wolo noted. The DEA Chief of Operations put the value of the impounded 1.528 grams of cocaine and heroin at L$660,996.00. Officer Wolo said all of the arrests were carried out in different communities across Montserrado County, including Climate Hill, Caldwell and Redlight.
He noted that the DEA is mandated to protect the country from unlawful narcotic substances that have the ability to destroy the minds of the young people. He disclosed that the DEA has made lot of arrests this year, but most of the arrested suspects are not kept for longer time in prisons on grounds that drugs – related offenses are bailable here.
As such, he said suspects’ rights cannot be infringed upon once the Court has granted them bond to walk out. But he has called on members of the public to desist from fighting DEA officers whenever they go in the field to carry out arrest.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Winston W. Parley