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Police raid Gbarnga, arrest 20

The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Liberia National Police (LNP) has raided Gbarnga, Bong County and Nimba County, arresting 20 persons for alleged drugs trafficking in Bong and Nimba Counties.

The suspects were arrested with huge quantity of drugs including Italian White, tramadol and marijuana among, others. The arrest of the 20 individuals came as a result of an operational raid launched by the police force as part of efforts in battling criminal activities in Bong and Nimba Counties.

Places the police raided include the Gbarnga – Ganta Highway, the Barworlor Quarter Community, the File East Community in Gbarnga and several other places in Ganta, Nimba County.

Among the 20 arrested persons are two Nigerian nationals in Ganta, Nimba County and one Guinean national in Bong County. respectively.Speaking to a team of journalists after the arrest, Police Commissioner for Operations Miekee Gray stated that the operation was important in order to save the two Counties from criminal activities and harmful substances.

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Commissioner Gray says police earlier deployed men in the field to monitor the activities of those that were arrested before starting the raid.According to him, some of those that were arrested are alleged perpetrators of crimes that police have been searching for and as such, they will be taken to court to face justice.

He says some of them were reported to have been armed robbers, but have since escaped from Monrovia.Commissioner Gray has pledged the LNP’s commitment in ensuring the continuation of the raiding which he says will help to minimize criminal activities in Bong and Nimba Counties.

Also speaking to journalists, the Regional Police Commander for Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties Morris Teemah and the Bong County Police Superintendent Fredrick D. Naypay said the operation will not only be done in Gbarnga, but there are plans underway to reach to other parts of the county.

The two Officers want the residents of the county not to panic about the development in their communities, adding that their officers will remain in various communities in ensuring that the criminal activities can come to a standstill.

Our Reporter who witnessed the operation says those that were arrested are currently behind bars at the Gbarnga Police Station, awaiting trial in court.

By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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