The Drugs Enforcement Agency in Nimba County has arrested a 40-year-old woman with 2,000 kilograms of marijuana. DEA Commander for Nimba County Col. Julus Karnubah told the NewDawn Nimba Correspondent that suspect Mercy Varney was arrested in Ganta, while en-route to Monrovia.
Col. Karnubah announced the estimated cost of the substance arrested at three million Liberia dollars. Suspect Mercy Varney is being held by DEA authorities in Ganta, pending court trial.
This brings to four the number of suspects arrested in Nimba by the Drugs Enforcement Agency. It can be recalled that in 2010, Bong and Nimba counties ranked first in the contravention of narcotics in the country.
Col. Karnubah further disclosed that the agency recently discovered huge quantity of marijuana in the county. He called on residents involved in marijuana cultivation here to halt the practice, while appealing to government to provide vehicles to enable his men cover the entire county.
YMCA Launches Membership, Fund Drive in Nimba
The Young Man Christian Association of Liberia has launched its 46th membership campaign and fund drive for the Ganta branch in Nimba County. The ceremony which took place on the Ganta sports ground was characterized by dramatic and cultural performances, among others.
The exercises were held under the theme, “Reconciliation, A Means of Resolving Conflict in Our Communities”, targeting 2,500 new members and 250,000 Liberia dollars. More than 60,000 Liberia dollars were generated in the campaign.
Addressing thousands of young people in Ganta, Assistant Labor Minister for Regional Labor Affairs, Prince Korvah, who contributed 20,000 Liberian dollars to the Ganta YMCA, called on young Liberians to join the YMCA. Assistant Minister Korvah noted that the YMCA has transformed and continues to transform lives of many young Liberians, including himself.
For her part, former Nimba Superintendent, Madam Edith Gongloe-Weh, lauded the YMCA family for the knowledge and skills it continues to impact on young people across the country. Madam Gongloe-Weh then contributed 5,000 Liberian dollars to the fund drive and urged young people to always thirst for knowledge to ensure a better future.
She called on Liberians and philanthropists to support activities of the YMCA, adding that the organization has contributed immensely to the development of young people in the country.
Meanwhile, the ex-superintendent has cautioned Nimbaians and leaders of the country to refrain from attacking one another in the media, describing such attitude as negative and damaging.