Despite legal weaknesses to effectively curb drug use and trafficking in the country, the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) continues its unwavering arrest in tracking down drug traffickers and smugglers in Liberia.
LDEA, being the main body of authority charged with managing drug-related crimes in the country on Thursday, June 14, 2018, arrested five (5) hardcore and notorious Nigerians drug dealers and traffickers within the Red Light surrounding Communities.
Making the confirmation of the arrest, LDEA Deputy Director General for Operations, Marcus Soko told journalists that the institution secured a search warrant from the Paynesville Magisterial Court, following a reliable hint that there were some Nigerians who were involved into drug trafficking at their separate homes and business centers.
He said the men were arrested through a Red Light detail led by Commander, Special Agent Buster Jolon in collaboration with the Chief of Intelligence, Special Agent Armah Kolleh and supervised by Chief of Operations, Col. Prince Harris.
The suspects were arrested in possession of 167.1 Grams of Heroin worth an estimated cost of US$ 8,450.00 or LD$ 1,115,400.00.
Alexander Justin, a 19-year-old Nigerian, a resident of the Chicken Soup Factory, Gardnersville community was arrested with 47.6 Grams of Heroin valued US$ 2,400.00 or LD$ 316, 800.00.
Kin Elebechi, 37-year-old, a resident of the ELWA junction complex was arrested with 8.6 Grams of Heroin worth US$450.00 orLD$59,400.00.
Kinhsley Obiano, 42-year-old, a resident of the Jacob Town, Paynesville Community, was arrested with 40.2 Grams of Heroin which is calculated at the amount of US$ 2,000.00 or Ld264,000.00.
Joseph Obi alias (Chairman), 49-year-old, a resident of VOA Community, according to DDGO Soko, was arrested with 27.5 Grams of Heroin worth US$1,400.00 or Ld184,800.00.
Ike Christian, 36- year-old, a resident of the Soul Clinic Community was arrested with 43.6 Grams of Heroin valued US$2,200.00 or Ld290, 400.00.