Police Director, Chris Massaquoi
Gbarpolu Police Boss, Colleague Wounded In Drug Raid
By Emmanuel Mondaye, LINA Gbarpolu County Correspondent
WIAMAN TOWN, Gbarpolu County, April 23 (LINA) - Gbarpolu County Police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) commander, Sergeant Prince Hana and another officer have been wounded during a raid of drug dealers and traffickers in the diamond mining town of Wiaman in the county.
According to a police charge sheet sent to the Bopolu Magisterial Court, the incident occurred when Sgt. Hana and other officers went to James Camp based on a tip-off that the camp was infested with drug dealers, traffickers and users.
The document further said that upon arrival in the camp, the police officers arrested some individuals smoking marijuana.
It also said during a vigorous search of the camp, six other persons were arrested with a bag of dry meat and a consignment of marijuana.
A melee ensued, leaving Sgt. Hana and a colleague injured.
They were immediately rushed to the Jallah Lone Medical Center in Bopolu City, where they were treated and later discharged.
The court document said as a result of the attack on the policemen, some of the officers lost their handcuffs, cell phones, US$220 and L$500.
Meanwhile, 53 persons have been arrested and detained at the Bopolu Central Prison on the charges of aggravated and simple assault, and are awaiting court trial.
Wiaman Town, with a population of over 20,000 inhabitants, is about seven kilometers away from Bopolu City.
It was opened four months ago by one of Liberia’s leading diamond dealers, Jungle James.