The arrest and detention of a sectional and town chiefs in Voinjama, Lofa County by the Drug Enforcement Agency or DEA is mounting concerns among locals.
According to our correspondent, residents in the towns of Kpademai and Bassagezia in Voinjama District have accused the DEA of witch-hunting their people. The DEA arrested chiefs Alfred Boi and Zubah Torbornee for allegedly dealing in marijuana in the two towns.
DEA agents told reporters that the first arrest of Chiefs Boi and Torbornee, was compromised during the joint security exercise. According to them, “Both men assured state security that they would refrain from drug activities, but to no avail.”
But recently, Bassagezia Town Chief, Alfred Boi was the first to have been re-arrested by DEA agents and charged with illegal possession of drug (narcotic), followed by Torbornee.
The towns of Kpademai and Bassagezia, where the arrests were made, are reported to be the homes to hundreds of ex-fighters of various warring factions of the Liberian conflicts, with large cultivations of marijuana in the thick forests near the Wologissi Mountain ongoing.
Our reporter says the ex-combatants were not the only ones involved in the trade. Speaking to our reporter, Chief Torbornee described his arrest for the marijuana trade as “masterminded” by hundreds of marijuana dealers and agents assigned in the area.
He accused DEA officer Othello Watson of bribery by other drug dealers, thereby putting his life in danger for allegedly hosting DEA agents as local government officials, an allegation Watsom has since rejected.