The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Grand Gedeh County has intensified its raid on ghettoes aimed reducing the prevalent of drugs in the county. The exercise, which commenced since the beginning of this year, is said to be making frantic progress, with the seizure of marijuana and other dangerous substances in Grand Gedeh.
Prior to the commencement of the raid, DEA Commander in the County, Jeremiah Tetteh, disclosed that a black plastic bag full of marijuana was sold at a street price of LD$600.
But Tetteh said the price of a black plastic bag full of marijuana currently stands at LD$2,000. He told reporters in Zwedru, that several persons, including the most notorious drugs dealers in the county Paul Darzie and one Nelson Wawoy were nabbed with over LD$2,000.00 worth of marijuana.
Commander Tetteh said the two are waiting court trial. “The most notorious drugs dealer Paul Dadzie has been arrested several times but being that the offense is billable, Dadzie continues to carry out his trade of drug peddling,” he further told reporters. According to Tetteh, Dadzie’s house is reported to be hosting several drug dealers in Zwedru.
“The only way of destroying Dadzie’s ghetto is for the Zwedru Magisterial Court to impose huge fine on him that will commensurate the value of the drugs impounded from him,” the Grand Gedeh DEA Commander said.
Commenting further on the arrest of Nelson Wawoy, he said the culprit was nabbed on the Zwedru-Tappita Highway; while on a motorbike patrol to Bartel Jam a Gold Camp in Tchien District, Grand Gedeh. He said the suspect was traveling with the drugs on the motorbike when he was intercepted by the agents.
“Suspect Wawoy was travelling with 23 kilograms of marijuana with street value of LD$100, 000,” he said. Commander Tetteh said the suspect appealed to him for forgiveness during his press briefing journalists, stating, that he is a senior student of a school in Zwedru, but he refused to call name of the school.
The DEA raid sent a total of seven drugs dealers from and around Zwedru to court under the charge of illegal possession of narcotic drugs. Neither of he suspects has been tried by the Zwedru Magisterial Court nor the 7th Judicial Circuit Court.
Commander Tetteh said all those engaged in the trafficking and sale of cocaine and other drugs are settled in several gold camps in Grand Gedeh under the protection of notorious criminals.
Meanwhile, the DEA Commander is appealing to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to strongly lobby with the Legislature in ensuring the speedy passage of the drug act. He wants the MOJ to build the capacity of the DEA officers to enable them vigorously pursue those who are trafficking hard core drugs in the country.