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The Liberia National Police has charged 26-year-old defendant Eric Zuahbyu with unlicensed possession of controlled drugs and forwarded him to court for adjudication.

According to police charge sheet, he was arrested along with co-defendants Faith Israel and Nancy Bundeh last Thursday, 11 August and subsequently turned over to the Anti-Narcotic Unit along with 60 wraps of marijuana, drinks mixed with marijuana and some assorted items.

Total street value of the drugs seized has been estimated at over 2,600 Liberian Dollars. Police said the defendants were advised of their constitutional or Miranda rights and preliminarily investigated and formally charged.

The charge sheet said the crime violates Chapter 14, Sub-chapter 14.107 of the newly approved Drugs Law of Liberia. Co-defendants Faith Israel and Nancy Bundeh were dully charged with hindering Law enforcement respectively, which is in violation of Chapter12, Sub-chapter A, 12.4 of the Revised Penal Code of the Republic of Liberia.

Police said Boimah E.S Taylor, chief of operations of Zone 3 conducted a raid in partial fulfillment of the operation Safe Monrovia and its environment of drugs and other related crimes during which defendant Eric Zuahbyu.

Police charge sheet detailed that during investigation defendant Zuahbyu voluntarily admitted to the crime, while co-defendants Faith Israel and Nancy Bundeh denied. However, co-defendant Bundeh told the investigation that during the arrest of Zuahbyu, she was never in her room watching movies and besides, she only sells jeans and other goods at the Waterside Market, while co-defendant Israel said he is a footballer and car dealer. According to him, he came in contract with the police as landlord for defendants Zuahbyu and Bundeh. The defendants are expected to be forwarded to court for prosecution.

By Zee Roberts-Editing by Jonathan Browne

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