-Mayor Harmon alarms
Pleebo City in Maryland County is reportedly infested with dangerous drugs with youths in the county falling prey to these substances daily. Making the disclosure recently in an interview with our stringer in the county, Pleebo Mayor Anthony Harmon, called on law enforcement agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Agency in the provisional city to intensify fight against narcotics to detoxify the area.
Mayor Harmon specifically named ‘‘Indian and Italian Whites” as drugs commonly being used mainly by criminals in the city, noting that Pleebo, with a population of over 20,000 residents, had only six police officers before the recent arrival of 22 newly assigned officers, expressing optimism that the boost in the presence of the police will help to fight crime in the city.
He however, urged the police to intensify daily and nightly patrols in Pleebo to discourage drugs abuse and crimes among the population.
Meanwhile, report from Bong County, Central Liberia says the Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA) has burnt huge quantity of marijuana arrested from drugs traffickers. The burning, ceremony which took place on ex-President Charles Taylor’s farm outside Gbarnga, was witnessed by heads of several security agencies and representatives of the United Nations.
Speaking to reporters, Deputy DEA Director for Administration Gwee Porkpah said the burning was intended to send a signal to the public that the agency is committed to fighting drugs trafficking across the country.
He said the drugs should have been destroyed on Jun 27, but due to the recent visit here by the U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama, it was postponed.
Mr. Porkpa added that the DEA currently has men undergoing training to boost its strength to effectively cover the entire county. The agency burnt a total of 1,883 Kilograms Marijuana valued over 14 million Liberian Dollars plus 19 pieces of heroin with a street value at US$450.
The DEA deputy boss is calling on the public to cooperate with the agency by reporting drug crimes for immediate action. Editing by Jonathan Browne