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LDEA arrest drug dealers, users

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The Liberia National Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) has arrested several dealers and users of narcotic substances from several communities in the Bushrod Island suburbs of Monrovia.

Eyewitnesses narrate LDEA officers, dressed in their official uniform, raided ghettos in the Municipal Borough of New Kru Town, Caldwell Township, Logan Town, and Vai Town, respectively.

They note that several dealers of Marijuana as well as some users of the substance were apprehended by dozens of officers and bundled in vehicles headed for LDEA headquarters for investigation.

The arrest include at least 12 females from the various communities as part of the agency’s mandate to combat smuggling, sales and usage of dangerous substances in the country.

The head of the raiding team, who preferred anonymity, hints that those apprehended during the exercise are undergoing preliminary investigation at the LDEA central office in Fiamah, Sinkor.

He continues that the suspects would be formally charged and forwarded to the Monrovia City Court at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill for prosecution.

However, the source refused to disclose the total amount or value of substance arrested to not hamper the ongoing investigation.

The drugs laws of Liberia forbid the sale and usage of narcotic substances even though suspects are entitled to bond through their legal counsel. -Editing by Jonathan Browne

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