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DEA Burns L$21m Drugs In Lofa
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DEA Burns L$21m Drugs In Lofa

By Korboi Gbelewala, LINA Lofa County Correspondent

VOINJAMA, July 3 (LINA) -The Lofa County detachment of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)  has burnt a quantity of drugs reportedly having a street value of about L$21 million.

DEA county commander Col. George Ponny said the consignment comprised 588kgs of marijuana, 86 sachets of cocaine and 2.5kgs of marijuana seedlings.

According to Col. Ponny, the drugs were confiscated from individuals and from farms across the seven districts of Lofa County between 2012 and 2014.

He made the disclosure recently to County Officials, UNMIL Representatives, other security officials and citizens of the County at the burning site in a suburb of Voinjama City.

Meanwhile, according to the Liberia News Agency, the DEA Lofa County official has cited inadequate logistics to apprehend suspects, as some of the challenges facing the agency in the county.

He also named delays by the courts to speedily adjudicate drug-related cases as another major challenge in the fight against drug use and trafficking in the country.

He said most often those arrested are released after they pay court bond fees and are seen in the same communities in which they were arrested, noting that this was hampering the drug fight.

Meanwhile, Col. Ponny has lauded the government for the passage of the Drug Law, noting that when fully implemented, it will help to make Liberia a drug-free country.

In remarks at the burning site, Lofa County Superintendent George Dunor lauded the DEA for its impressive work in the county over the years.

He pledged his administration’s fullest support to the DEA in the fight against harmful substances in the county.

Recently, the DEA in Margibi and Bomi counties also burned huge quantities of drugs confiscated in their areas of operation.

LINA KKG/TSS/PTK

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