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Liberia discovers huge arms at port

Security forces here have launched an investigation into the discovery of a huge cache of arms and ammunition at the nation’s largest port-Freeport of Monrovia and a private residence in Brewerville outside Monrovia. Both discoveries are connected to a single source.

Ben Baker (the alleged importer

The arms and ammunition were first discovered at the port in a shipment consignee to a lady before further discoveries were made at her home in Brewervile following a search and seizure operation.

Security sources have identified the shipper as Ben Baker and the shipment was made from the United States.

Security sources say the shipments which are made of mainly assault rifles have been shipped over a one-year period, which means the shipper has been sending the consignment in batches.

Liberia, a fragile country heads to a highly contested poll in October this year, with many fearing violence may erupt. The cache of arms and ammunition amidst reports that the shipper has been sending the arms in batches only heightens such fear.


The discovery followed an arrested of US100 million worth of drugs discovered in a container belonging to TRH Trading Company at the Sonit Liberian Inc. warehouse in Tonpoe Village sometime last year.

The discoveries and the huge cache of arms and ammunition and the US100 million worth of drugs bring into question the company handling the country’s shipment inspections. More details to follow.


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  1. This is scary and the government of Liberia should NOT take this discovery lightly!

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