The Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) has arrested a 22 – year – old man suspect Augustine Smith with LD$115,000.00 worth of marijuana in Bong County.
Our correspondent says suspect Smith was arrested at the Salala Check Point over the weekend, and is alleged to have been involved in the sale of drugs for the past five years.
DEA Bong County Commander James K. Borbor says suspect Smith left from Foyah, Lofa County with an intention of travelling to Monrovia to market the 12 Kilogram of Marijuana.
Mr. Borbor says they were later hinted by an unidentified individual about the transport of the drugs, which led to their timely intervention.
According to Commander Borbor, after several interrogations, suspect Smith will be charged this week for drug trafficking and sent to court.
He says Smith has been involved in drug trafficking for a very long time, evidenced by a display of photos that illustrated the defendant caring huge quantity of marijuana.
Commander Borbor, who was recently appointed as head of the Bong County DEA detachment has pledged his commitment in vigorously touring all parts of the county to arrest drug dealers.
When contacted, suspect Smith admitted that he was the one transporting the drugs, but claims that he was told to do so by his Sierra Leonean brother who is said to be currently in Free Town.
According to him, it is his first time to be told to transport marijuana, adding that he was caring it to Monrovia to hand-deliver it to someone.
“My brother only told me to give the drugs to one Aubah and that’s just what I decided to do, but unfortunately, I was arrested by the DEA officers at Salala Check Point,” he narrates.
He wants the LDEA to have mercy on him, stating that “I will never do such a thing, it was the devil that led me to have violated the law.” The DEA investigative team has established that the drugs actually belongs to suspect Smith, opposed to his claims that he it belonged to someone else.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong County–Edited by Winston W. Parley