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The Ministry of Justice here says it remains committed to boosting the LDEA’s efforts to make Liberia a drug-free society. 

By Emmanuel Wise Jipoh

Monrovia, July 10, 2024: The Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) has burned illicit drugs worth over LD$60m as part of an ongoing war against illicit drug trade and consumption in the country.

The LDEA carried out the exercise over the weekend in the Disco Hill community of Margibi County after confiscating the drugs.

The LDEA disclosed in its annual report that it had made the highest arrest of the hardcore substance in Liberia.

It noted that the illicit drug is at an alarming rate, putting the Kush Cannabis at 25,855 kilograms with a street value of US$511,710.00, (636,182,820.00 Liberian dollars), above all other substances found in the country.

LDEA Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Mr. Christopher Peters told journalists over the weekend that the drugs that were burnt were tested and confirmed by the Ministry of Justice.

“We do not burn drugs that [are] still pending litigation, but rather the ones that have been litigated. That is why you see these street value [of the] drugs has been dropped than the one earlier announced,” said Mr. Peters.

He indicated that the process is part of the LDEA’s annual activities in disposing of drugs confiscated to commemorate World Drug Day.

Substances and quantity disposed of are: Heroin, 2,951.6 kg; Cocaine, 541.6kg: Kush, 13,381kg; and Marijuana, 1, 472.6 kg.

Others are Tramadol, 2,609.3 kg; Precursor, 1,896.4kg; and Methamphetamine, 243.6kg. The street value of the drugs is put at US$337,180.00 or LD$64, 064,200.00 million.

The LDEA was joined by its international partners, members of the Legislature, and the Executive when it carried out the drug-burning exercise over the weekend.

Speaking at the event, the House of Representatives’ Committee Chair on Drugs and Narcotic Substances Rep. Thomas A. Gosuah, reaffirmed the House’s commitment to fighting drugs.

The Grand Bassa County Electoral District #5 Lawmaker stressed that the Legislature will continue pushing to save the current and future generations from drug and substance abuse.

Atty. Siaffa Bahn Kemokai, II, Special Assistant to the Minister of Justice, spoke on behalf of his boss at the event.

Atty. Kemokai joined others to assure the ministry’s commitment to boosting the LDEA’s efforts to make Liberia a drug-free society. 

On behalf of development partners, the Assistant Director of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) at the US Embassy near  Monrovia, Mr. Stephen  Kissik reassured the US commitment to fighting drugs in Liberia. 

He termed the process as a success and commended the LDEA for its efforts in fighting drugs across the country.

Source of original article: Liberia news The New Dawn Liberia, premier resource for latest news (thenewdawnliberia.com).
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