LDEA destroys illicit drugs worth over 60 million Liberian dollars | News

The Liberian Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) has destroyed a huge quantity of illicit drugs worth over 60 million Liberian dollars in a decisive effort to combat drug use and trafficking in the country.

The drugs, which included a variety of substances such as heroin, cocaine, kush, marijuana, tramadol, precursor chemicals and methamphetamine, were seized over the past year and were destroyed during a ceremony held on Friday, July 8, 2024, in the Disco Hill community in Lower Margibi County.

The total quantity and types of drugs incinerated are as follows: 2,951.6 kg of heroin, 541.6 kg of cocaine, 13,381 kg of kush, 1,472.6 kg of marijuana, 2,609.3 kg of tramadol, 1,896.4 kg of precursor chemicals and 243.6 kg of methamphetamine. The street value of these drugs is estimated at 337,180 US dollars, or 64,064,200 Liberian dollars.

The destruction of these substances was accomplished in cooperation with international partners, members of the Liberian Parliament and the executive branch. This important event highlights the collaborative efforts to eliminate drug addiction and its consequences in Liberian society.

At the event, LDEA Chief Christopher Peters stressed the importance of the operation. “We are grateful to be here today to burn the drugs seized this year,” Peters said.

He stressed that this process is part of the agency’s annual activities to commemorate World Drug Day, which aims to raise awareness of the global drug problem and strengthen action and cooperation to achieve a drug-free world.

Stephen Kissik, deputy director for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs at the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia, also addressed the gathering.

He assured participants that the United States was committed to supporting Liberia’s fight against drugs. Kissik commended the LDEA for its relentless efforts in combating drug trafficking and drug addiction across the country.

“This process is a success and demonstrates the effectiveness of the measures taken by the LDEA to curb the drug menace in Liberia,” he noted.

Grand Bassa County District No. 5 Representative Thomas A. Gosuah, II echoed these sentiments.

He reaffirmed the House of Representatives’ unwavering commitment to the anti-drug campaign, pledging to protect current and future generations from the devastating effects of drug addiction.

“The legislature will continue to push for policies and measures that save our youth and ensure a drug-free Liberia,” Gosuah said.

Attorney Siaffa Bahn Kemokai, II, Special Assistant to the Minister of Justice, spoke on behalf of the Ministry of Justice.

He assured participants of the Ministry’s continued support to the LDEA in its mission to eradicate drug use and trafficking in Liberia.

“We join others in commending the efforts of the LDEA and pledge to continue supporting its initiatives aimed at making Liberia a drug-free society,” said Mr. Kemokai.

In another development, on June 28, 2024, the Drug Enforcement Agency received a report that some of its agents assigned to the Gardnersville Town Hall Detail conducted a raid exercise around the community of New Georgia Junction.

Sadly, it has been reported that a 28-year-old man identified as Christopher Yeayou (also known as “Melvin”) was found lifeless and pulled out of a pond of water when the exercise turned chaotic as people fled to avoid arrest.

Liberia National Police officers responded to the scene, deescalated the situation and then took Christopher Yeayou’s body to JFK Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

However, the LDEA administration expresses its sympathy to the families grieving the loss of their son and assures the general public of an immediate investigation into the situation.