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Anti-Drug Agents Deployed Nationwide - DEA Boss
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Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA Director General Anthony K. Souh

 

 

Anti-Drug Agents Deployed Nationwide - DEA Boss
By Ballah M. Kollie, LINA

MONROVIA, June 23 (LINA) – The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has deployed agents in all 15 counties and established detachments at the Roberts International Airport and the Freeport of Monrovia.

According to DEA Director General Anthony K. Souh, all these were done in preparation for the gaps that could be created by the drawdown of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) by June 30.

Addressing the Ministry of Information press briefing in Monrovia Thursday, Souh said the effort is also intended to professionalize and prepare the agency for its statutory functions as Liberian security agencies prepare to take over from the UN Mission.

He indicated that also in preparation for UNMIL’s departure, 101 DEA agents were trained in October 2015, as well as the training of two senior officers at the Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and the conduct of in-service training for 101 newly-employed agents.

According to Souh, in an effort to enhance the capacity of the agency, the US National Center for Biomedical Research and Training conducted a Bio-security infection control awareness training for five officers of the agency from March 7 to 20, 2016.

He said another initiative intended to enhance the effectiveness of the DEA is the ongoing training of 100 recruits which began June 19 and will last for three months.

“Even while UNMIL is here and with support from them we have always been in charge of drug control, making several arrests with some high profile cases of trafficking in control substances like marijuana, cocaine and heroin,” the DEA boss revealed.

Meanwhile, the head of the country’s drug control body has called for the establishment of a media team that will report on activities of the agency.

He said unlike the past when the media provided the agency full coverage, little is now heard about the agency’s activities as well as the type and quantity of drugs it arrests.

He observed that publicizing the arrest of drug dealers will serve as a deterrent to would-be drug peddlers and users.
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