Officers of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency at the Iron Gate check point have seized ten kilograms of marijuana from a Fulani businessman Chenor Amandu Bar in the Freeport Community.
According to DEA commander, special agent Boston Julon, the drug was seized in the Freeport Community following a tipoff from an informant who has been following the activities of the Fulani businessman.
The DEA Commander put the cost of the ten plate of first class marijuana at two thousand United States dollars which is a little over 260,000 Liberian dollars.
The drug suspect Chenor Amandu Bar is being processed for court trial at the New Kru Town magisterial court on Bushrod Island following a 24 hour detention at the Iron Gate check point.
Special agent Boston Julon said despite logistical constraints, officers of the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency will continue the pursuit of drugs traffickers in an attempt to create a drug free society in Liberia.
Mr. Julon is meanwhile calling on Liberian President George Manneh Weah to pay more attention to the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency in terms of logistics and manpower training.
He said there is a need for government to establish rehabilitation centers and empower social counseling institutions to help restore the minds of young people who have been affected by the prolong use of drug.
The Liberia drugs enforcement agency commander said the fight against drug must be holistic with all parties which include the parents, national government, religious institution, community leaders as well as civil society organizations in Liberia.
He indicated that these institutions and individuals play key roles and must be empower to fight drug. According to him the prime focus to tackle the crime does not start with the user but rather those selling whole sale and importers and manufacturers. He warm that Liberia could soon be a vulnerable society polarized by the use of illicit substances thereby reducing the manpower needs of the Country.
Jolon said logistical support is much needed at the Liberia drugs enforcement agency and wants the new government to prioritize the institution.
Special agent Jolon disclosed that drugs has contributed to eighty-five (85%) of crimes committed in Liberia over the last twelve years as situation he termed as appalling.