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House restless over illicit drugs claim

Members of the House of Representatives are said to be restless over illicit drugs claims levied against a member of that body by a senior officer of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA).

The Director for Press and Public Affairs at the House of Representatives Atty. Nelson Garr speaking to this paper Thursday, July 01, 2021 at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, said it is unfortunate that a senior officer of the LDEA would make such grave allegations and that the House of Representatives s deeply concerned, and that there should be further investigation of the matter.

Tuesday, this week was a day full of tension and drama on Capitol Hill when LDEA Commander Martha Massaley was whisked out of the Chambers of the House of Representatives while being grilled by the Plenary for linking an unnamed member of the 54th Legislature to illicit drug trafficking.

Commander Massaley, who had appeared stronger and highly spirited, was rushed to an unnamed hospital when she suddenly turned frail and unable to stand and sit after she had endured more than three hours of questioning by members of the House on the allegation.

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The House of Representatives presided over by Speaker Bhofal Chambers has been probing deeply into statements the DEA officer that some members of that august body are running a drug cartel.

Massaley told a group of students in Paynesville at a forum in observance of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking that she and some other agents intercepted a lawmaker along the Somalia Drive, trafficking illicit drugs.

She said the unidentified lawmaker told her the matter would go nowhere and that he (lawmaker) was going to support the team or the agency with a vehicle to fast-track its operations in an effort to appease them from making an arrest.

Her statement since went viral with a call for her to name the specific lawmaker or lawmakers allegedly involved so they may be name, shame, and possibly prosecuted.

Atty. Garr says the LDEA commander by now should be able to identify the lawmaker with who she reportedly found illicit drugs or face arrest for bringing the first branch of government to public ridicule.

According to him, the failure of the LDEA officer to have arrested the suspect on the scene or impounded the illicit drugs makes it unbelievable.

He notes that the officer’s failure to have taken security action against the lawmaker makes her be an accomplice to the crime if such existed.


The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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